The Monarch Research Project, a nonprofit based in Marion, Iowa, is distributing free milkweed and pollinator seeds during “The Million Seed Giveaway.” They had a good crowd this past Saturday and hope for more of the same this upcoming Saturday, May 12. The pollinator seed mix was created by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation with […]
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Iowa’s Seed Savers Exchange has deposited many varieties of its heirloom seeds at the international Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, and this year, Chelsea Melon seeds made the trip. My late grandmother, Elsie Musel, provided the seeds from the watermelon to her neighbor, Marvin Kucera, who donated them to Decorah-based Seed Savers Exchange, a […]
It was a true moment of serendipity. A list of work that I needed to complete battled with wanting to hear Diane Ott Whealy, the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, speak at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the last in a gardening series presented by the ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners. Diane’s speech won […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – After offering community gardens in the neighborhood for years, the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association has something new this spring. Residents of the neighborhood, and beyond, can stake their claim this season to one of 14 4-by-8-foot raised beds for gardening. Previously, the raised beds, next to the Wellington House at 392 15th […]
So many incredible lectures are planned at area libraries in coming weeks. Already, the Linn County Master Gardeners have started their spring library talks, listed here. Three free lectures, presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners, also will take place this month, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” author unknown By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine An Iowa food pantry is going beyond giving a hand-out to those in need. The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry, which offers weekly emergency food assistance […]
By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – In a city that touts itself as a healthy, “Blue Zones” community, Ed Thornton faces a trespassing violation. His crime? Growing vegetables. “If I’m doing something and it’s not hurting anyone, why am I being punished for it?” Thornton asked of his garden, which he started 4 years […]
Ely always seems to be on the cutting edge of the local foods movement and now the town will have SeedBroadcast Iowa at its next indoor farmers market, March 8. The market runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ely Public Library, 1595 Dows St.
Seed catalogs are on their way and so are the new plant introductions. Burpee sent along information about this new, incredibly large “SteakHouse” tomato. For those of us with little space to spare in the garden, the container sweet corn sounds interesting, as well. Here is more from Burpee on the seed company’s latest offerings:
A relaxing day at Wapsipincon State Park this past weekend helped me appreciate the waterways that run through Iowa. Unfortunately, our state doesn’t have the best reputation for pristine rivers, streams and lakes, but efforts are underway to make changes, utilizing the sometimes overlooked connection between healthy soils and clean water. One of those projects […]