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.
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.
We’ve just come through another blizzard, but there are spring-like temperatures in the forecast. If you’re going to start your own seeds, you’d better get going! We’ll talk about starting seeds and the earliest insects to emerge when the weather warms up with ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.
Just like melting snow, robins and daffodils, a sure sign of Spring is the return of our weekly Horticulture Day. We’ll talk about grafting fruit trees with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Patrick O’Malley.
Spring is coming. In these few remaining weeks of winter there are some things we need to get done out in the yard. Forester Mark Vitosh and horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here. We’ll talk about what we need to do before spring arrives and Mark and Richard will answer your questions.
As Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist, Rebecca Christoffel, fields calls from all over the state, she also spends her time educating the public, training master conservationists, and defending the un-huggables. She joins us this wildlife day, and takes your questions.
Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.
Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.
Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.
Cindy Haynes, an associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, shares information about several upcoming Demonstration Garden Field Days, where the public can catch a glimpse of ongoing research and learn about gardening techniques. Charity also talks with Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture specialist, to tackle listener's gardening questions.