Hort Day

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Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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If you've been looking at your yard this summer thinking "a tree would look great there," now is the time to take action. 

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This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.

The "Hort Gang" from Iowa State is back today.  One of the gang, Cindy Haynes, Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture at Iowa State University, fills us in on ISU's upcoming "Field Days," offering gardeners a chance to get ideas for their own gardens and see a wide variety of plants in action.  The "Field Days" are held at a variety of locations across Iowa.

Also on the program is regular Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist and Iowa DNR District Forester, Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. 

Summer Lull for Plants

Jun 20, 2014
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Spring is a riot of blossoms and fall brings with it beautiful changes in color. But in the midst of summer, there can be a bit of a lull.

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It continues to be a tough year for trees in Iowa. The Polar Vortex left its mark on many trees and shrubs, and now a tenth county has been added to the list of counties in Iowa where the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered. That county is Johnson County, and an adult female Emerald Ash Borer was found in Iowa City.

Also, listeners have their plant and garden questions answered by Jeff Iles, Professor and Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist.

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They float, swarm, harass and irritate, and they can even take down a chicken or a turkey. The gnats are back. But when we complain about “gnats,” Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says, sometimes we might be misplacing blame. 

"Saying you are annoyed by a gnat is like saying you were passed on the interstate by a vehicle… It’s a two mile wide term. Ask yourself – are the bugs bothering you or are they biting you?”

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When you don't have room to build out, you build up.  The same rule applies to gardening.  It's horticulture day and Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Linda Naeve about adding a new dimension to our garden or landscape with vertical gardening, including trellises, stakes, cages, archways and green walls.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.

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Purple foliage, purple flowers and purple fruits and veggies… Horticulturist Cindy Haynes has a passion for purple.

Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy about purple plants for your landscape and garden. Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Cindy also answer listener questions about all plant and garden needs.

The Perfect Garden

Apr 19, 2014

Everyone wants to have a beautiful yard, but that can be a daunting task. Garden designer Lisa Orgler and ISU Extension horticulturalist Richard Jauron answer questions about the myriad of choices when planting your perfect landscape.

Spring Lawn Care

Apr 11, 2014
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The grass is finally starting to get green… or maybe your lawn isn’t following suit.

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Ryan Adams, Iowa State University Extension turf grass specialist, about springtime lawn care. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron answer questions about your lawn, garden and landscape.

Grow Berries

Mar 28, 2014
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Nothing says summer quite like the taste of ripe, red strawberry.  The berries from your garden taste better than anything you can buy anywhere.  Join host Charity Nebbe for this Talk of Iowa Horticulture Day.   She and guests will talk about strawberries, raspberries, and other small fruits and forester Mark Vitosh answers tree questions.

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One of the early season lawn and garden tasks is to prune fruit trees.  Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist Patrick O'Malley is a guest on the show, here's some of the advice he imparts during the program:

1. Did you have a big crop last year? Then it might be lighter this year. That means you should consider less pruning this year.

2. You want different tiers of branches and the lowest should not be too close to the ground.

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Spring may still seem far off, but now is the time to plan the garden, and in some cases it is time to start seeds indoors.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes are guests and give advice and answer listener questions.

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Gardeners and growers depend on the free labor of pollinators to produce fruits and vegetables. One of our most important pollinators, the honey bee, is in trouble world wide. This hour, new research gives us an insight as to why.

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Iowa State University Extension's Homegrown Lifestyle program targets those people who want to grow their own food and livestock for personal and family use.  Andy Larson, specialist in small-farm sustainability with ISU Extension, says that the course covers a large variety of topics including permaculture, soil health, and manure.

Larson says, "Manure is really a resource; it’s not just one of those things you have to try to get rid of."

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We all have different ways of coping with the winter, and seed catalogs get many gardeners dreaming of spring. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Tom Wahlberg, Seed Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. Also, horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions. 

Preparing for Winter

Nov 15, 2013
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The snow that fell over most of the state early this week was a strong reminder that it’s time to put the garden to bed. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil about preparing your yard and garden for winter.

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Iowa’s trees are facing many different threats from invasive species and disease. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Patty Peterson of Trees Forever about planning for the future forest and the planting for better water quality and quality of life. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins to answer listener questions.

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Join Host Charity Nebbe for a talk about insects with Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist.  He and Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Organic practices in gardening and farming are getting to be more common every year in Iowa. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Organic specialist Kathleen Delate will be here to give us a preview of the 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference. She and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.

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For a lot of us there is a disconnect between what we eat and where it comes from. Kids who spend time in the garden are lot more likely to make the connection. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Linda Naeve, of Iowa State University Extension, and Reiman Gardens' Aaron Steil will be here. Host Charity Nebbe talks with them about get kids involved in gardening, and they answer listener questions.

It has already begun.  We can see a little bit of orange, some yellows and even some burgundies... and it's just going to get better.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the conditions that lead to a vibrant fall and what our chances are this year.  They also discuss when to expect peak color and how to track the peak across the state.  ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins in to answer questions.

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A flock of monarch butterflies gathering together for the migration south can be a truly magical sight, but it's a sight that has become less and less common in Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe finds out what has happened to those beautiful flocks on Monarch Butterflies. We talk about the pressures that have resulted in the smallest population of Monarchs ever recorded.

Today's guests include: Iowa State University Extension entomologist, Donald Lewis, and Iowa State University Extension horticulturist, Richard Jauron.

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Bailey Sweet, American Mother, Chieftain, Empire...there are many thousands of different kinds of apples in the world. And this year, Iowa apple growers are harvesting bumper crops. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk apple history, apples in Iowa, heirloom apples, and your favorites.

Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Paul Rasch, owner of Wilson’s Orchard in Iowa City, Dan Bussey, orchard manager for the Seed Savers Exchange, Erika Janik, author of Apple: A Global History, and Patrick O’Malley, of Iowa State University Extension.

It's been hot and dry in Iowa for weeks, and our landscapes are starting to show signs of stress.  On Horticulture Day, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe discusses the difficulties of maintaining our lawns and gardens through the heat.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture Cyndi Haynes offer their expertise and advice.

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Many of the sounds of summer are the sounds of insects.   Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis for a discussion about what insects are actually doing with that noise. ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Aaron Steil, manager of public programs at Reiman Gardens in Ames, discusses the facility's trial gardens which test new and recently introduced plants in Iowa's climate.  Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the conversation.

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Summer weeds are about to die off making right now the ideal time to work on the lawn.  Horticulturalist and turfgrass specialist Nick Christians of Iowa State University explains how to pick out seed, grow and maintain a beautiful lawn. ISU horticulturalist Richard Jauron also joins the program to answer questions about the yard and garden.