Noelridge is everyone’s park, as evidenced by a dedicated group of volunteers who keep the lush gardens looking incredible throughout the growing season. Anyone who would like to contribute to the scenic beauty of Noelridge Park is invited to a series of “weeding parties” that take place on select Saturdays, beginning today, May 31, 2014.
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Month: May 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS – Fans of the large-scale Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids will have an easy way to make it to the NewBo City Market, too. Beginning at the first market June 7, a free trolley service will offer rides from downtown to the NewBo market at 1100 Third St. SE. The service will […]
Chris Rice points to a community food forest growing near Monmouth, Ill., as evidence of an idea that works. The forest, with shagbark hickory, hazelnuts, walnuts, pawpaws, American persimmons and more, was planted in 1967. As the concept finally spreads across the United States, the time is now to see a similar idea take root […]
You might have seen a piece of news recently about allowing dandelions to grow to help bees survive, especially in early spring. As a homeowner with a front yard that right now is bursting with dandelions, I’d have to agree with that reasoning, or whatever else supports the current look of my lawn. “Farmer Dave” […]
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jean Murray, winner of the Homegrown contest! Look for more contests in the future. Original post: Sometimes, a thing of beauty can be right in front of our eyes. Zen Priest Karen Maezen Miller’s new book, “Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden,” explores that idea. The book, in which […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – Morel mushroom lovers had to act fast to buy their favorite delicacy during Houby Days in Cedar Rapids. Shortly after sales began of the 20 pounds of morels that were brought in to sell during the festival, the sponge-like fungi sold out. “The mushrooms went quick,” said Deb Christensen, of the Czech […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – A chilly spring delayed the morel mushroom season in parts of Iowa, or so says my mushroom “source.” Fortunately, some Iowans are finding them, as morels will be sold during the Houby Days festival this weekend in Cedar Rapids.
With frost warnings in some parts of Iowa, the Czech legend of the Three Frozen Kings is especially timely. Hopefully, your plants will be safe, but just in case temperatures dip below freezing, you should cover any peppers, tomatoes or other tender plants that you’ve already planted outdoors.
The beautiful cerulean warbler and other birds and wildlife will be further protected with Iowa’s first dedicated “Globally Important Bird” area. A dedication will be held at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Yellow River State Forest headquarters in Allamakee County. Here is more about the dedication from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
IOWA CITY – New Pioneer Food Co-op offers healthy living, not only in its food, but in the options made available to employees and the community. One such option is happening Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the annual bike ride from “Old Pi” in Iowa City to “New Pi” in Coralville. Soon, New Pioneer will […]