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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At this point in the summer last year, the garden challenge was dealing with hot and dry weather. But at least recently, unseasonably cool weather has been the story. For Talk of Iowa's horticulture day we talk with Iowa State University Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Ajay Nair about his research on cover crops and composting. ISU’s Richard Jauron will also be here answering questions about your lawn and garden.
Gardeners from novice to expert have an opportunity get their gardening questions answered every Friday on Horticulture Day. Today on Talk of Iowa, we go beyond expert to talk to about Master Gardeners. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Denny Schrock, Coordinator of Iowa State University Extension’s Master Gardener Program, and horticulturist Richard Jauron joins to answer your questions.
The Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this week. For Horticulture Day, Forester Mark Vitosh will be here to talk about the Emerald Ash Borer and Community Tree Inventories. Horticulturist Linda Naeve will also be here and she and Mark will answer your questions.
The annual Japanese Beetle invasion is here. Join host Charity Nebbe and Entomologist Donald Lewis to hear where the beetles came from, how long we’ll have to put up with them this year, and how you can combat them. Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and he and Donald will answer your questions.
Conditions have been perfect for growing lush, green grass this summer, though weeds have been thriving as well. Host Charity Nebbe discusses summer lawn care with Nick Christians, professor of horticulture at Iowa State University. Christians has developed an organic herbicide using corn gluten meal. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the program.
Trips to the farmers market bring us closer to the people who grow our food, but it can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun to actually visit a farm. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron from Iowa State Extension join the conversation. We talk farm crawls, U-picks, and Linda and Richard answer listener questions.
While 2013 has brought plenty of rain for our trees--maybe too much--the affects of last year's drought can still be seen across Iowa's landscape. Today on Talk of Iowa, we learn how to care for trees and other plants weakened by 2012's dry weather. Horticulturalists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron join the program.
Thanks to the drought and various blights and diseases, the term evergreen doesn’t seem very appropriate in Iowa right now. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with forester Mark Vitosh about the state of evergreens in Iowa. Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins the conversation to answer your questions.
On Sunday many mothers will be recognized with flowers, cards and attention from their loved ones, but there is a whole classification of mothers who really get very little respect. Today on Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with entomologist Donald Lewis, who will give some overdue recognition to the mothers in the insect world. He and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.
Iowans are a week out from the traditional tomato planting time, but once again many gardens are covered in snow. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe finds out how this strange weather may affect gardens, and she talks hostas with hosta fanatic Dick Gladon, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. Richard Jauron, of Iowa State University Extension Horticulture answers planting questions, as well.
This is the season for planting, and next comes the season for fighting weeds. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Bob Hartzler, an ISU extension weed specialist joins the program to talk about doing battle with volunteer trees and invasive species like multiflora rose and honeysuckle. And, horticulturist Richard Jauron and Bob answer your questions.
New safety rules from the Food and Drug Administration may affect those of us who buy our food at farmer's markets and will certainly affect those who sell their produce at these markets. Angela Shaw, Assistant Professor of Food Safety from Iowa State University, will explain these new rules. We also talk about food safety precautions for home gardeners. Horticulturist Richard
Now is a great time to make plans about what you want to grow this summer, it’s also a great time to make some plans for keeping pests and disease at bay. Today on Horticulture Day, we hear from Laura Jesse, of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, about preventative steps you can take. And of course, she and Richard Jauron answer all gardening and plant questions.
We sing songs about the itsy-bitsy spider, wish we could be a fly on the wall, and we root for Spiderman. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this edition of Talk of Iowa. We talk about insects in literature, pop culture and in our every day lives. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.
It is officially springtime, although it’s hard to believe with the cold snowy weather we’ve been having. Today it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa! We’ll talk about how this late winter weather will impact the planting season. We’ll also discuss how you can eat local, fresh food all year round through Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA". And, we’ll be taking your questions.