No gardener has room for it all, but author Alys Fowler intentionally breaks the rules to show how you can “have your garden and eat it, too,” in her new book, “The Edible Garden.” Read on for how you can win a free copy of this 250-page book. Trained at the Horticultural Society, the New […]
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Month: November 2013
Happy Thanksgiving from Homegrown Iowan
When giving thanks this Thursday, remember your local growers and producers who make those delectable meals possible! I stocked up for Thanksgiving dinner at the indoor Mount Vernon Farmers Market on Saturday, where I bought stone-ground corn; sweet potatoes; carrots; squash; locally produced meats; kale and more. (The tantalizing chocolates from Mount Vernon Confections are […]
Where have all the monarchs gone?
Sad news about what some of us already suspected: the monarch butterfly population appears to be down this year at the insects’ overwintering site in Mexico. The Fall Migration News notes that only 10 trees were filled with the delicate orange and black butterflies this November at El Rosario Sanctuary, compared to 60 trees just […]
Winterizing your trees and Christmas tre...
It’s not quite winter, though our recent weather might fool those of us living in Iowa. The experts at Marion-based Trees Forever provide important information on how to care for your trees at this time of year, along with a Christmas tree guide to help you with that annual holiday tradition. Remember, the annual Trees […]
Trees Forever event to highlight connect...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Our friends at Trees Forever are accepting registrations for what promises to be an inspirational event. The annual “Our Woodland Legacy” symposium, set for Dec. 4 in Cedar Rapids, will focus on the interconnection between trees and other natural areas and our health. Here is more about the event:
Iowa River Friends meeting set for Nov. ...
IOWA CITY – A new group called Iowa River Friends was started this year to improve, protect and enjoy the Iowa River, its creeks and streams. The group provided details on an upcoming meeting to gather information about river restoration throughout the state for the Iowa Legislature’s Study Committee on Rivers and Waterways. Here is […]
Free workshops in Iowa City to focus on ...
The Iowa Valley RC&D has been doing a great job of championing local foods in east-central Iowa. Two upcoming workshops sponsored by the non-profit will highlight some of those efforts and provide information for both growers and schools. Register online before Dec. 1 and read on for further details from the RC&D:
Find recycling options on the Iowa Green...
This sounds like a convenient new resource to locate recycling options from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Iowa Greenlist can help you find an alternative to disposing of unwanted items in the trash.
Top 5 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Marke...
URBANA – I made baba ghanoush today, thanks to a short trip I made Saturday to the indoor farmers market in Urbana. The key ingredient, eggplant, isn’t easy to find in Iowa in November, but there it was, at Marion Moser’s table, along with squash, potatoes, apples, daikon radishes and organic Moser’s Garden popcorn. Now […]
Guest column: Holiday Plant Care
I had the opportunity to interview TV/radio host, author and gardening expert Melinda Myers several years ago when she was in Iowa for the Winter Gardening Fair. Just months later, she sent timely information on coping with flooded landscapes as Eastern Iowa was inundated by floodwaters. Melinda, who has a new book coming out this […]