Inger Lamb is with Aaron again this week.
Here is how you can contact Inger:
Bringing Houseplants Back Indoors
With cold weather here - all your tropical houseplants enjoying the warm summer outdoors need to come back inside. A few things to remember....
1. Inspect for "friends" - insects can hitch a ride indoors on houseplants. Be sure to insepect the plants carefully before bringing indoors. If you need to remove "freinds" be sure to do that before you bring them in.
2. Isolate from other plants - Even after inspection something may have been missed. Keep the plants seperate for others until you are confident they are pest free. This may mean waiting several weeks. You don't want to infect other houseplants after all!
3. Bright Light - even the shadest of spots outside is brighter than most spots indoors. To help plants adjust to the change, most prefer to be in the brighest spot you can find indoors - at least at first.
4. Consider propagation - some houseplants are too big to come back indoors - consider taking stem cuttings or dividing to reduce their size and allow them to fit better indoors.
Here is a photo of some coleus that Aaron propagated - doing this saves a lot of space indoors!
This Week at Reiman Gardens
Come enjoy fall color!
Coming up: Our Holiday Heritage. In just a few short weeks the Conservatory Complex will be changed to a holiday wonderland inspiried by Iowa's agronomic landscape. More information is here!
Here are some instructions from Iowa State University Extension
Inger’s Houseplant Guidelines
Inger's Houseplant Suggestions
Weed Control in Asparagus Beds
Here is something to help out from University of Nebraska
Herbicides can seem confusing and complex, but in reality there are only a handful that the home gardener is likely to encounter. The trick is to learn the trade name of the chemicals, not the brand name. Example: Element 4, Element 3A, Garlon 4, Garlon 3A, Weed B Gon and
Capstone are all brand names for the same chemical (trade name: triclopyr). If you learn to read the ingredients list, which is on the front of every bottle sold, you can reduce the complexity of choice dramatically.
In today’s show we’ll sort thru some of the commonly used herbicides, pros and cons of each, and optimum usage guidelines. Here’s a great reference: http://www.larimer.org/weeds/herbicide.pdf
Aaron’s co-host today will be Inger Lamb of Prairie Landscapes LLC. She’s an expert on using native plants species in the home landscape, and prairie installation and maintenance. Fall and winter are the best time to seed native species, call in if you have questions for her!
Here is a link to plants with fantastic fall color from the Morton Arboretum located outside of Chicago. Be on the lookout for some of these plants in your neighborhood.
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The gardens is ablaze with fall color - stop in and see!
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) showing fall color
A post on the Iowa Native Plant listerve by John Clayton shows the power of native plants. It's really nice to know the Monarchs are out there.
Monarda citriodora is easy to grow in full sun on clay soil.
A LOT of typical garden concerns are adddressed on the University of Illinois Extension website.
A really nice brochure of great plants for Midwest gardens focused on alernatives to invasive plants
Here's a shrub to consider: Eastern Wahoo, Euonymus atropurpureus
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Spirits in the Gardens - Trick or Treating in the Gardens!
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 2013
Iowa Orchard, Urbandale, Iowa, Bryan Etchen & family
Walnut Council, black walnuts from seed
Overwintering Tender Perennials
Now is the time to think about how to take care of those tender bulbs, corms, and tubers like Dahlias, Cannas, Caladiums, Gladiolus and tuberous begonias. Here is an article from Iowa State University to help out!
Now that its October, tulips and other bulbs can be done! Here are some guidelines for tulips from Iowa State.
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The Iowa Naturally Sculpture Show will only be at the Gardens until October 20, 2013. Stop by before they are gone!
All summer visitors voted on a "People's Choice" award. The winner is "Oak Tree Mural" by Ryk Weiss and Pam Dennis of Ogden, Iowa.
See Oak Tree Mural and the 12 other nature inspired sculptures by artists with Iowa ties at Reiman Gardens!
Now is a great time to visit an apple orchard!
Yard and Garden: Autumn Lawn Care, ISU Extension 10/12/2012
Don't rake those leaves: Scotts Miracle-Gro website
The unusual late summer continues.Turf Thoughts
The perennially popular Turf Fertilizer Calculator from Purdue University is available online.
Heck, if you have a smartphone, you can use it while standing in the fertilizer section.
The rest of us will have to write the numbers down, then head back to the store to but the right bag afterwe run the numbers at home.
1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per application is a good goal. Consider 2 lbs/1000 sf, if you know the grass hasn't been fertilized for while (it's very light green in color) and needs to be thickened up. That's it for the year. Don't allow the granules to hit the hard pavement (sidewalks, driveways) around your home. It's a waste of your money and pollutes your local creeks and other waterways.
Leave the grass clippings on the lawn while mowing to capture that nitrogen as well.
No need to bag leaves, just run the mower over them one a week, chopping them in place.
Your lawn will be softer and healthier in the next growing season.
If you have a very thick layer of leaves (ankle height or more) consider putting down the fertlizer after mowing the leaves. They'll break down even more quickly.
If Creeping Charlie and Violtes still bother you, this 2001 cultural advice from Bruce Spangenburg is helpful. NB:Clopyralid is not available.
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The Annual Bonsai Show is coming up!
Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013
Also we have a Bonsai Styling Workshop
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1pm
Bulbs Aaron mentioned:
Happy Labor Day Weekend - its a great weekend to get out and garden!
Establishing A New Lawn
Fall is a great time to establish new turf. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Establishing a Lawn from Seed - Iowa State Univ Extension
Grass Selections for Iowa Lawns - Iowa State Unv Extension - they spend a lot of time time talking about the big three (Kentucky Bluegrass, Ryegrass, Fescue) but there is some discussion about other options and lots of great ideas for specific lawn conditions.
Lawn Alternatives to Turf Grass - Organic Gardening - not all of these options will work for Iowa (i.e. Moss!), but its food for thought.
Ceanothus seedheads are lovely
Impatiens Downy Mildew in Home Gardens, University of Connecticut