Reflecting on the Growing Season

Oct 27, 2017

With the impending frost Iowa is about to receive, the growing season has come to an end. The season ending means that astute gardeners should take this time of year to reflect on what did and didn't work in their gardens. Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University Jeff Iles reflects on the diversity of plants outside his home.

"I look at my yard now because things are kind of bare looking with all the leaves gone, and I think, 'What could I add next year that might pay some dividends?" Iles says. "I think we neglect our conifer friends. I'm always pushing for the greater use of conifers for the Iowa landscape. You might consider where you might use an evergreen, so don't forget our conifer friends!"

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Iles, and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron, and they reflect on the growing season and take questions from listeners.