A healthy and productive organic garden is something many of us aspire to, but organic gardening brings with it a host of challenges. One of the biggest? Pest control without the use of chemicals. Iowa State University Extension Organic Specialist Kathleen Delate says one way to deter bugs is to plant flowers and plants the pests enjoy, away from your main gardening area. So, pests are drawn away and leave your harvest alone. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Delate, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron. Donald and Richard answer listener questions about plants and insects.
The gypsy moths are coming! Iowa may be on the cusp of a serious gypsy moth infestation. We'll talk about what we have to fear from gypsy moths and emerald ash borers and we'll answer your questions about bugs and plants. Joining Charity Nebbe are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist.
When our horticulture experts are stumped by a caller, they turn to the experts at Iowa State University's Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. They identify plant diseases, weeds, mushrooms and insects. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Entomologist Laura Jesse and Plant Pathologist Lina Rodreguez-Salamanca about the sleuthing that happens in diagnosing a plant disease or insect infestation.
To rake or not to rake this time of year? That is the question. Living in the Midwest means that the changing seasons bring about changing chores. This hour on Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron.
If you do rake your leaves, you need to decide what to do with them. Jauron says that instead of disposing of them, try using them as mulch.
"If you bag them with a mulching mower, you can save them for next year and use them as a mulch."