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Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries
Many gardeners produce excess vegetables during the growing season. Some preserve their surplus vegetables for later use, while others give friends and neighbors the extras. Another option for using t
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Hop Production 101: Commercial Hop Yard Trellis Design
As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for designing and constructing a hops
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2017 Garden Calendar - Indoor Flower Power
For many, active gardening begins in spring and ends in autumn. But the indoor gardener reaps rewards year round. Each month of this beautiful calendar brings you striking, closeup photos of the endea
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Plant Problems Diagnosis Form
Are you uncertain if you have a disease on a plant around the home or in your field? Download and submit a copy of this form along with a sample of the plant to the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic
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Plant Identification Form
Download, fill out and print this form when collecting and shipping plant samples and/or photos to the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.
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Hop Production 101: Site selection and planting
As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for selecting a site to grow hops and
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Garden Produce in Floods
If flood waters have covered a garden, most produce will be unsafe to eat. Several factors determine the safety of unharvested fruits and vegetables.
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Soil sample information sheet for horticulture crops
Download and submit this form to the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory.
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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projec
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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 a
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Composting Yard Waste
Explains the materials needed for a compost pile and includes construction directions for building a 3-bin composting unit.
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Small Sprayer Calibration
Pesticides must be applied at the labeled rate to achieve consistent results. Taking the time to properly calibrate the sprayer can improve the performance of the product, diminish the possibility o
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Rain Gardens: Filtering and Recycling Rain Water
Rain gardens collect and filter rain water to improve storm water management. They also can provide an attractive habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
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When to Divide Perennials
Herbaceous perennials are commonly divided for three reasons: to control size, to rejuvenate plants, and to propagate a prized perennial. The best time to divide perennials varies with the different p
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Organic Mulches
When choosing which organic mulch to use, consider availability, cost, appearance, function, and durability. Includes information on using bark, cocoa-bean hulls, corncobs, grass clippings, leaves, n
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Gardening in Iowa Zones
Zone maps are a gardener’s best tool for selecting plants that will do well in local gardens.  This publication includes information about and how to use the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the
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Growing in the Garden: K-3 Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Elementary Curriculum includes more than forty classroom and after-school program lessons and more than one hundred hands-on activities intended to enhance and increase knowledg
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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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Choosing an Arborist
Tree work should be performed only by a properly trained and equipped arborist. Considerations in choosing an arborist include certification, insurance, references, contracts, etc.
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Sustainable Home Landscapes
Sustainable landscapes require less time, money and other resources. This book provides information on creating an environmentally friendly, economically feasible, and beautiful landscape by placin
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Ornamental Water Features for the Midwest
Water gardens are appealing to many, but the climate in the Midwest presents some specific challenges. This book examines the many considerations to building a water garden in the Midwest and includes
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Ask ISU About Plant and Insect Problems
Contact information for help with horticultural and field crop diseases; insects and insect damage; herbicide plant injury, herbicide use, and weed identification; home gardening information; and inj
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Sending Plant and Insect Samples to ISU
Detailed instructions for sending plant and insect samples for analysis.
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How to Construct a Cold Frame or Hotbed
Cold frames and hotbeds are used to germinate seeds of cool season crops in the early spring and to harden off plants before transplanting outdoors. Both should be placed on well-drained soils with a
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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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Prairies and Native Plantings as Outdoor Classrooms -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
This publication outlines a process and the resources needed to help establish prairie to be used as an outdoor classroom. Such a classroom can be used to educate elementary through high school aged s
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References and Resources for Prairies and Native Plantings -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Prairie plants and other native plants are returning to the Iowa landscape. This publication offers a list of resources that will help those planning to create any size prairie plantings.
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Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores -- Reiman Gardens
Learn to properly maintain your garden all year round. Includes information on what steps to take with your lawn, fruits, trees and shrubs, flowers, herbs, houseplants, and/or vegetables in the earl
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Questions About Composting -- Reiman Gardens
If you are starting a compost pile in your yard or garden this year, this publication answers a few of the commonly asked questions about composting.
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Water Gardens: FAQs -- Reiman Gardens
Starting and maintaining a water garden of any size inevitably brings questions. Find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.
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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 gr
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Griffith Buck: Rose Hybridizer
Griffith Buck introduced 85 rose cultivars plus 15 geraniums and a heliotrope during his nearly 40 years at Iowa State. Here's more information about the man and his plants.
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A Guide to Plant Societies and Associations
This publication lists plant societies and associations located throughout the U.S.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Creating Raised Bed Planters -- Reiman Gardens
Raised beds and planters make gardening accessible for gardeners of all abilities. Use this information to decide where to put your bed or planter, the materials that will be needed, and the types of
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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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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 d
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Therapeutic Gardening: Resources -- Reiman Gardens
Resource list for making gardening easier and more accessible, including books, organizations, websites, and selected educational programs.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Benefits for Healthcare Facilities -- Reiman Gardens
Therapeutic gardens for healthcare facilities benefit residents, staff, and visitors. Find out details of how to plan and maintain these features.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Gardening Tips for Older Adults -- Reiman Gardens
Here are descriptions of several simple ideas and inexpensive tools that can help people continue gardening as they grow older.
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Therapeutic Gardening: A Factor in Choosing Healthcare Facilities -- Reiman Gardens
When choosing a healthcare facility, consider the outdoor environment. Well-designed landscapes provide therapeutic benefits to physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are nine features to look
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Garden Soil Management
Manage your garden soil more effectively. Learn about tillage, integrating organic matter, soil testing and pH, fertilizer application and more.
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National Directory Organic Agriculture Expertise July 2005
This publication contains contact information on self-identified organic agriculture experts from 42 states and several countries around the world.
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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
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Ornamental Grasses with Winter Interest -- Reiman Gardens
An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant trees and shrubs with ornamental characteristics, such as colorful fruit or exfoliating bark.
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Especially for Kids! Where in the World? -- Reiman Gardens
Encourage children to explore the Reiman Gardens to find plants that are native to other countries. Then they can check off each plant that they find on the included map and draw a line to its nativ
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Where We Live -- Grades 4-6 Curriculums for Educators and Students
Where We Live series: History of the Land, Weaving the Food Web, and Living with the Land connects the past to the present as learners in grades 4th through College learn about the history of Iowa’s v
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Water Gardens: Aquatic Plants -- Reiman Gardens
Learn how to start a water garden. Topics include plant selection, floating plants, submerged plants, shallow marginal plants, deep water plants, planting methods, and fertilizing plants.
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Pollinators in the Garden -- Reiman Gardens
Publication discusses what pollination is, common pollinators in Iowa, and how to attract pollinators to your garden.
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Container Gardening Tips
Each card includes recipes for a soilless potting mix and an amended soil mix plus capacity of a variety of pot sizes.
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Lichens -- Reiman Gardens
Many gardeners are concerned about unusual gray-green growths on tree trunks and branches. Learn more lichens, where they are found, and their different types and uses.
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Especially for Kids! Insect Investigator -- Reiman Gardens
Learn how to keep an insect investigator journal and see how many of the world's one million different types of insects you can find.
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Especially for Kids! Plant Zoo -- Reiman Gardens
Discover the many plants that have been named after animals. Public gardens, such as Reiman Gardens, have several of the plants described here.
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Sphinx Moths -- Reiman Gardens
Learn more about a fascinating insect behavior viewed in the home garden—nectar feeding by large, dark moths (sphinx moths) that look like hummingbirds.
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Using Mulches in Managed Landscapes -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Tips on using mulches to maximize benefits and avoid pitfalls.
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Iowa Soils -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Find out more about Iowa’s “black gold” including the particles it’s made of, how to identify the different soil types found in Iowa, and soil conservation techniques to preserve it.
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Local Food Systems for Iowa -- Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and community members working together to create a local food system. Learn about CSA’s history, how CSA works, and CSA’s effect
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Understand Pesticide Labels -- Reiman Gardens
Detailed descriptions of all parts of pesticide labels provided. The label is the law. As a buyer, you assume responsibility for the consequences if the product is used in any way different from the
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Choose Pesticides Wisely -- Reiman Gardens
Detailed tips on choosing pesticides wisely: first consider, do you really need one? If yes, choose the least toxic product and use good cultural practices to reduce the need for pesticides.
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Apply Pesticides Safely -- Reiman Gardens
Learn about seven tips for applying pesticides safely. Some first aid tips also provided.
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Store Pesticides Safely -- Reiman Gardens
Proper storage of pesticides is important for many reasons, especially protecting human health, preserving the environment, and maintaining chemical effectiveness. Four steps to storing pesticides sa
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Nonchemical Pest Control for the Home Lawn and Garden -- Reiman Gardens
Nonchemical pest control alternatives include some new developments along with some old-time practices. Effectiveness varies. Learn about 17 alternatives.
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Botanical Insecticides in the Home Garden -- Reiman Gardens
Botanical insecticides are naturally occurring insect toxins extracted from plants. Several have been formulated for insect management in the home garden. Learn more about the pluses and minuses.
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Morels, False Morels and Other Cup Fungi
Learn about local morels and fungi. Includes many pictures to help you identify morels. Also has info on safe use of fungi as food.
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Composting to Reduce the Waste Stream
Intended for home composters and educational programs, this guide contains figures, tables, and diagrams clarifying the details of home composting. An appendix provides step-by-step instructions for
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