horticulture http://iowapublicradio.org en Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/millions-mayflies-emerge-northeast-iowa <p>This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:51:30 +0000 Emily Woodbury 44293 at http://iowapublicradio.org Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa Storing and Preserving your Harvest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/storing-and-preserving-your-harvest <p>Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:53:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43589 at http://iowapublicradio.org Storing and Preserving your Harvest Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dandelion-donuts-and-mulberry-taffy <p>Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:28 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 42898 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy Summer Lull for Plants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-lull-plants <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:38:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe 42545 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Lull for Plants The Polar Vortex & Emerald Ash Borer: Tough on Iowa Trees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/polar-vortex-emerald-ash-borer-tough-iowa-trees <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:02:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 42165 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Polar Vortex & Emerald Ash Borer: Tough on Iowa Trees Pecans in Iowa? Yes! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pecans-iowa-yes <p>Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.&nbsp; But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of <a href="http://www.treesforever.org/">Trees Forever</a>, and Tom Wahl of <a href="http://www.redfernfarm.com/">Red Fern Farm</a> in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.&nbsp; Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:31:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 41476 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pecans in Iowa? Yes! The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/annual-battle-against-pond-scum <p>Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth. &nbsp;It's Horticulture Day and host,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charity </span>Nebbe, talks with<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Allen </span>Patillo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Iowa State University Extension </span>Fisheries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Aquaculture<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Specialist about aquatic plant management. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:26:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe 41115 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum Can't Grow Out? Grow up! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cant-grow-out-grow <p>When you don't have room to build out, you build up.&nbsp; The same rule applies to gardening.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:14:31 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 40736 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can't Grow Out? Grow up! Passion for Purple Plants http://iowapublicradio.org/post/passion-purple-plants <p>Purple foliage, purple flowers and purple fruits and veggies… Horticulturist Cindy Haynes has a passion for purple.</p><p>Today on <em>Talk of Iowa</em>, 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:23:01 +0000 Charity Nebbe 40376 at http://iowapublicradio.org Passion for Purple Plants The Cicadas are Coming! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cicadas-are-coming <p>They've been waiting in the ground for 17 years, but the wait is almost over.&nbsp; In just a few short weeks, a large brood of 17 year cicadas will emerge in 46 counties in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Entomologist Donald Lewis about what to expect and how these remarkable and long-lived insects survive.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 40047 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Cicadas are Coming! Plant a Tree! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plant-tree <p>It's Arbor Day and in Iowa the Emerald Ash Borer has a lot of people thinking about diversifying the trees in their landscape. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:08:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39702 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plant a Tree! Spring Lawn Care http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-lawn-care <p>The grass is finally starting to get green… or maybe your lawn isn’t following suit.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:16:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe 38985 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring Lawn Care A Sure Sign of Spring! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sure-sign-spring <p>Horticulture day returns to its weekly schedule, a sure sign of spring!&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis about the likely impact of colder than usual temperatures on Iowa's insect population.&nbsp; The answer:&nbsp; "not much."&nbsp; Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron talks about the timely tasks that need doing in your garden.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:57:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 37224 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Sure Sign of Spring! Starting Seeds Indoors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/starting-seeds-indoors <p>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. &nbsp;Iowa State University Extension Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes are guests and give advice and answer listener questions.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:53:06 +0000 Charity Nebbe 36609 at http://iowapublicradio.org Starting Seeds Indoors Farm Practices Threaten Bee Colonies http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-practices-threaten-bee-colonies <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:13:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe 35945 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Practices Threaten Bee Colonies Homegrown Lifestyle: Reconnect with the Land http://iowapublicradio.org/post/homegrown-lifestyle-reconnect-land <p>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. &nbsp;Andy Larson, specialist in small-farm sustainability with ISU Extension, says that the course covers a large variety of topics including&nbsp;permaculture, soil health, and manure.</p><p>Larson says, "Manure is really a resource; it’s not just one of those things you have to try to get rid of."</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:24:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 35281 at http://iowapublicradio.org Homegrown Lifestyle: Reconnect with the Land Buying Seeds: Advice for Spring Garden Planning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/buying-seeds-advice-spring-garden-planning <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:21:12 +0000 Charity Nebbe 34688 at http://iowapublicradio.org Buying Seeds: Advice for Spring Garden Planning Caring for Orchids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/caring-orchids <p>Join host Charity Nebbe to hear about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the master gar</span>dener<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">program and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">growing and caring for orchids</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;Master Gardener Program Coordinator and </span>ISU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Horticulture Lecturer Denny </span>Schrock<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is on the program. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:36:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe 33821 at http://iowapublicradio.org Caring for Orchids Get your Holidays Blooming http://iowapublicradio.org/post/get-your-holidays-blooming <p>Christmas cactus, Norfolk Island pine, amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia... plants make popular gifts.&nbsp; But caring for those plants and getting them to bloom can be challenging.&nbsp; Host Emily Woodbury talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University Extension about how to get these seasonal plants blooming for the season.&nbsp; They also offer some gift ideas for gardeners.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:37:48 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 33146 at http://iowapublicradio.org Get your Holidays Blooming Christmas Trees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/christmas-trees <p>Every year at this time, people like to venture out to cut their own Christmas Trees. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for her talk with Forester Mark Vitosh&nbsp;about selection and maintenance of live Christmas trees. &nbsp;Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron&nbsp;also answers your lawn and garden questions.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:44:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe 32532 at http://iowapublicradio.org Christmas Trees Preparing for Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/preparing-winter <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:19:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe 32194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Preparing for Winter Horticulture Day: The Future Forest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-future-forest <p>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.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:55:34 +0000 Emily Woodbury 31850 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: The Future Forest Horticulture Day: Fall Color Predictions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-fall-color-predictions <p> It has already begun.&nbsp; We can see a little bit of orange, some yellows and even some burgundies... and it&#39;s just going to get better.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; They also discuss when to expect peak color and how to track the peak across the state.&nbsp; ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron also joins in to answer questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:24:39 +0000 Charity Nebbe 30099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Fall Color Predictions Iowa's Horticultural Heritage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-horticultural-heritage <p> Iowa&rsquo;s rich soil has made it an ideal place to grow plants, it has also made our state an ideal place to grow and train horticulturists.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe, wraps up Iowa week with profiles of some of the most gifted and influential horticulturists in Iowa history.&nbsp; Their lasting contributions include apples, roses, peanuts and the formation of Iowa State Agricultural College.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:38:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe 29752 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Horticultural Heritage Storing Your Harvest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/storing-your-harvest <p>If things went well in your vegetable garden this year you may find yourself elbow deep in home grown tomatoes.&nbsp; Or maybe you have a tree that is loaded with apples or plums.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe, talks with Horticulturists Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron about harvesting and storing your garden bounty.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:27:45 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Charity Nebbe 28698 at http://iowapublicradio.org Storing Your Harvest Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hot-and-dry-weather-hard-landscapes <p> It's been hot and dry in Iowa for weeks, and our landscapes are starting to show signs of stress.&nbsp; On Horticulture Day, Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe discusses the difficulties of maintaining our lawns and gardens through the heat.&nbsp; Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Associate Professor of Horticulture Cyndi Haynes offer their expertise and advice.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:23:57 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Charity Nebbe 28353 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hot and Dry Weather Hard on Landscapes The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-progress-show-and-nixons-tapes <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">Host Ben Kieffer discusses this year's <a href="http://farmprogressshow.com/">Farm Progress Show</a> with Harvest Public Media reporter <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/author/1667">Bill Wheelhouse</a>, Iowa State University Professor horticulturalist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/delate">Kathleen Delate</a> and organic farmer<a href="http://farmhack.net/users/grantschultz"> Grant Schultz</a>.</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:27:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 28296 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes Horticulture Day: Test Gardens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-test-gardens <p>Aaron Steil, manager of public programs at <a href="http://www.reimangardens.iastate.edu/">Reiman Gardens</a> in Ames, discusses the facility's trial gardens which test new and recently introduced plants in Iowa's climate.&nbsp; Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/profile/12">Richard Jauron</a> also joins the conversation.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:35:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe 27592 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Test Gardens Horticulture Day: Turfgrass http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-turfgrass <p>Summer weeds are about to die off making right now the ideal time to work on the lawn.&nbsp; Horticulturalist and turfgrass specialist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/profile/2">Nick Christians</a> of Iowa State University explains how to pick out seed, grow and maintain a beautiful lawn. ISU horticulturalist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/profile/12">Richard Jauron</a> also joins the program to answer questions about the yard and garden.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:35:56 +0000 Charity Nebbe 27224 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Turfgrass Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-master-gardeners-0 <p>Gardeners from novice to expert have an opportunity get their gardening questions answered every Friday on Horticulture Day.&nbsp; Today on Talk of Iowa, we go beyond expert to talk to about Master Gardeners.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:06:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 26453 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners