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Safe Home Canning Steps
Steps to follow before, during, and after home food preservation projects.
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Home Decor
The elements of design are line, shape, form, color, texture, and space. These are the tools used to design a room or space. The principles of design are balance, emphasis, unity, rhythm, and proportion. The principles of design are how we use the elements of design to create the desired look. By learning and using the elements and principles of design, you will increase your understanding of how and why some things work together and some simply don’t look right.

Diseño Análisis de los elementos y principios Un diseño es un plan visual que puede utilizar para crear su proyecto 4-H. Todo lo que ve tiene un diseño. Analice los elementos y principios del diseño.
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Managing Stress in Young Families - Stress: Taking Charge
Find tips to manage time and money, resolve conflicts, plan food at home, and eat well.
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Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home
This publication provides information on preventing bed bugs from entering a home, how to know if a home is infested, and how to eliminate bed bugs if they are found.
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Home Improvement Project Area Guide
Have fun learning how to design your space while being kind to the environment. If you are interested in creating a new color scheme, selecting new accessories for a room, or to installing a new floor or window covers, this is the project for you.
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Financial Literacy Lesson Plans - Grades K-5
This curriculum provides four lessons for each grade level, K-5 to address Iowa's financial literacy content standards. Most lessons use storybooks as the main activity, supplemented by activities to extend learning and to initiate discussions at home.
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Home and Garden Pesticide Guidelines
Pesticides can be valuable garden tools, but they must be selected and applied with personal and environmental safety in mind. This publication discusses when to use a pesticide, which pesticide is best and how to apply, store and dispose of pesticides safely.
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Scale Insects on Ornamental Landscape Plants
Scale insects are tiny insects that can cause large problems for landscape plants. Despite their small size they can weaken and even kill ornamental plants. This publication provides information on identifying these insects and steps that can be taken to remove them from plants through biological, mechanical and chemical means.

Previously known as IC 0415
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Weed Control in Home Lawns
Maintain a weed-free lawn and learn about herbicides and how to use them.

Prior to use, it is always wise to check and see if the chemicals mentioned within are allowed in your area.
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Rhubarb in the Home Garden
Although classed as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit because its high acidity gives it a tart flavor. Learn about rhubarb cultivars, how to grow, fertilization, harvesting, care, and disease and insect management.
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Asparagus in the Home Garden
Asparagus, one of the most popular spring vegetables, is a hardy perennial that produces edible spears earlier than any other garden vegetable. Learn about site selection, soil preparation, cultivars, weed control, planting, insect pests, harvesting, and after harvest care.
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Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardens and Landscapes
Identifying and encouraging naturally occurring predators and parasites is a useful gardening skill. This fact sheet describes 10 beneficial insects and also offers other tips for preventing insect and disease problems.
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Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden
Access detailed information about growing June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries. Find suggestions for selection of cultivars, planting sites, and plant sources. Also find tips for soil preparation, planting options, mulching, disease and insect control, harvesting, and winter protection.
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Cannas for Home Landscapes
Cannas are bold, exotic-looking plants grown for their attractive flowers and foliage. Find information on cannas culture, planting, starting from seed, storage, and flower varieties and sources.
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Suggested Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden
This publication suggests two or more produce varieties suited for Iowa gardens based on characteristics including color, size, texture, flavor, vigor, and early or late harvest. Includes more than 60 crops, such as: asparagus, beans, lettuces, endives, onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, peas, okra, eggplant, kale, peppers, pumpkins, melons, squash, leeks, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, beets, and several others.
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Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
Provides basic how-to information, including seedbed preparation, seed selection and sowing, and using transplants. Chart gives planting guidelines for 37 vegetables.
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When the Home Freezer Stops
Find tips for handling food when your home freezer stops. Includes tips on which foods are safe to refreeze and which foods are not.
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Growing Grapes in the Home Garden
Home gardeners can successfully grow grapes in Iowa. Whether you are growing a backyard garden or beginning your own vineyard, basic requirements include a good planting site, hardy varieties (cultivars), and proper culture.

Also recommended Grape publications are:
  • RG 0502 - Pruning Grapevines
  • PM 1375 - Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide
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Growing Raspberries in the Home Garden
Home raspberry growers will find expert advice for cultivar selection, site selection, planting, and training and trellising plants. Also included are pruning guidelines for summer-bearing and fall-bearing red raspberries and pruning guidelines for black and purple raspberries. Also find tips for managing weeds, fertilizing, and harvesting.
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Choosing a Landscape Contractor
Hiring a landscaper can be a daunting task. This publication provides information on professional certification and other requirements in Iowa, and topics to discuss with potential contractors.
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Proper Drainage Around Your Home -- Assessing, Repairing and Rebuilding Basements
Tips for improving the drainage around your home.
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Weed Management in the Home Garden
Describes three methods of weed control for the home gardener; includes tips for using mulches effectively.
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Harvesting and Storing Apples
Storing apples at home is convenient and, if done properly, can be economical. Home-grown fruit that may otherwise go to waste can be stored for several months. Publication includes tips on harvesting and storing home-grown apples.
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Safety Resources for Your Farm and Home
This flyer lists more than 100 publications on safety, also videos, displays, online resources, and programs.
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Home Landscape Planning Worksheet: 12 Steps to a Functional Design
This worksheet will guide you through the process of designing a functional landscape plan -- from gathering the right information to refining the preliminary design and selecting plants. Includes graph paper and 2-part questionnaire.
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Home Landscape -- Understanding the Basics of Landscape Design
Whether you want to do-it-yourself or are working with a professional, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to understanding the design process. Color photos and diagrams show how to use basic design elements to create a pleasing and functional space. Included worksheets can assist you in analyzing your site. An additional resource list and convenient index are also found inside.
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Home Landscape Questions
A 2-part questionnaire helping you analyze your landscaping site and to assess your family's needs and wants for the project.
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Starting Garden Transplants at Home
Learn how to start annual flowers and vegetables at home, to enjoy them earlier in the growing season. This publication tells you how to select seeds; choose potting mixes, containers, and seed; and later move seedlings to the garden.
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Home Safety Checklist for Parents
There is no golden rule to prevent injuries, but you can decrease the risks by following the ideas listed here. More than 100 possibiities are covered.
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Moving to a New Home -- Understanding Children
Moving to a new home creates challenges for children through new situations and strong emotions. Learn how different age groups might react to moving and what you can do to help.
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Understanding Thatch in the Home Lawn
Moderate thatch formation is a normal development in lawns; however, problems can occur when the thatch layer is excessive. Learn about thatch's beneficial and detrimental aspects, causes of thatch, and related insects and diseases.
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Thatch Control in the Home Lawn
Proper balance of thatch requires a combination of management practices including preventing thatch buildup by reducing plant growth, improving microbial decomposition, and mechanical removal of thatch when necessary.
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Farm and Home Concrete Handbook
Farm and Home Concrete Handbook provides detailed information about concrete for your farm or home. It emphasizes slabs on the ground, such as driveway or livestock feedlot floors. You will learn what cement is and how the ingredients in concrete work together.

Filled with illustrations and examples this publication describes and shows all major aspects of building with concrete on the farm—estimating, ordering, site preparation, forming, placing, reinforcing, finishing, curing, weather precautions. Designs and construction instructions for walls, silos, and other structures are provided. Appendixes offer more information, instructions, and designs.
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