Why you should heed the legend of the Three Frozen Kings

Customers shop at a farmers market along the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech legend of the Three Kings serves as a warning for a late frost. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Customers shop at a farmers market along the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech legend of the Three Kings serves as a warning for a late frost. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A long streak of pleasant weather this month made it particularly tempting for Iowans to start planting their gardens.

This week’s colder-than-average temperatures, however, reinforce why they might have jumped the gun and offer an apt reminder about the legend of the Three Frozen Kings. Continue reading

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Spring plant sales bloom in Eastern Iowa

Linn County Master Gardeners are among several organizations offering spring plant sales in Eastern Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Linn County Master Gardeners are among several groups offering spring plant sales in Eastern Iowa in 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

This spring, it seemed like it might have been safe to plant earlier than usual, and then we get hit with a few nights of frost warnings.

So, at least I don’t feel too far behind.

If you’re eager to get your hands in the dirt, you’re in luck. Plant sales are kicking off this weekend, starting in Iowa City and continuing through the end of May. Check out the list and if you know of others, add a comment, below! Continue reading

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Earth Week Blitz offers flurry of activities in Cedar Rapids area

Trees Forever led a tree-planting during last year's EcoFest. The group has events planned every day in the coming week as part of an "Earth Week Blitz."

Trees Forever led a tree-planting during last year’s EcoFest. The group has events planned every day in the coming week as part of an “Earth Week Blitz.” (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Iowa BIG students will play a big role during a tree-planting on Arbor Day.

The students will plant 24 bare root fruit trees this Friday, April 24, 2015, at Noelridge Park.

Friday’s event is one of many to celebrate Earth Week, with Trees Forever scheduling daily activities to make it a true “Earth Week Blitz.” Continue reading

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NewBo City Market announces new vendors

NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids announced new anchor merchants on Friday, April 17, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids announced new anchor merchants on Friday, April 17, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

As promised, NewBo City Market is adding to its variety of anchor merchants.

Three new vendors will start in May at the market at 1100 Third St. SE in Cedar Rapids.

See related stories here and read on for more about the new additions, from NewBo City Market: Continue reading

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Weed poll: What are the top 10 urban weeds in Iowa?

Creeping Charlie is a fast-growing groundcover that many people consider a weed. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Creeping Charlie is a fast-growing groundcover that many people consider a weed. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Got weeds? There’s an app for that, coming soon!

The definition of a true “weed” has morphed, particularly in light of recent reports about the value that dandelions and other early bloomers provide for our valued pollinators, such as bees. Continue reading

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Project at Johnson County Poor Farm needs your vote

Vintage farm equipment remains near fields that are still farmed at the Johnson County Poor Farm. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Vintage farm equipment remains near fields still farmed at the Johnson County Poor Farm. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Several caring people and organizations have come together to create a gardening project at the Johnson County Poor Farm to help feed those in need.

Even if you don’t garden, you can help.

The project is in the running for a grant program and voting is already underway. Continue reading

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Experts recommend these six native trees to plant in the Midwest

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By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine Just as the shady canopies of American elm trees gave way to Dutch elm disease in the last century, the ubiquitous ash tree, a staple throughout the Midwest, is succumbing to emerald ash borer, an … Continue reading

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Iowa City gardener tries last-ditch effort to save trees before land is bulldozed

Some of the many bouquets picked from the property in southeast Iowa City are shown. (photo/Lara Cornick)

Some of the many bouquets picked from the property in southeast Iowa City are shown. (photo/Lara Cornick)

Iowa City gardeners are rallying around a property that has been home for decades to beautiful gardens, but faces development in the coming days.

Lara Cornick, whose parents have lived at the home, just outside of  town in southeast Iowa City, still hopes to save two pink sugar magnolia trees, but is in a race against the clock. Continue reading

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Environmental Advocates host Sustainable Iowa Land Trust at annual meeting in Iowa City

amana pondIowa City-area residents can hear from two noteworthy environmental nonprofits during a meeting coming up later this month.

Read on for more from the Environmental Advocates: Continue reading

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Quad City Food Forest sets fundraiser for April 18

The American Persimmon (diospyros virginiana) is among the likely candidate as part of a community food forest. (photo/Chris Rice)

The American Persimmon (diospyros virginiana) is among the likely candidates as part of a community food forest. (photo/Chris Rice)

The Quad City Food Forest has scheduled an awesome lineup of entertainment for its fundraiser, coming April 18, 2015.

The event will raise money for plants and supplies for The Blackhawk Gardens Community Food Forest in Davenport, Iowa.

Food, drawings, an auction, plant sales, massages, and more are all part of the fun in this community effort. Continue reading

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