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Outdoor activities next week, sponsored by our local Sierra Club
Invasive Species Removal
Volunteer at Yellow Banks County Park for invasive species removal beginning in April every Monday night at 6 p.m. Meet at the maintenance shed just inside the park and wear heavy work shoes or boots, sturdy gloves, long sleeves and long pants. Difficulty level: Moderate. Contact Penny at 262-1224 to sign up or to check on weather conditions.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6: 1:30 PM
Clive Greenbelt Hike
Meet at the shelter in Greenbelt Park off the 100th Street entrance. Cabin fever relief! There is usually a lot of wildlife along the trail or through the woods. Boots are recommended. Call George at 745-7563 for questions.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13: 10 AM
Spring Fever Symposium at the Iowa Arboretum
Amorphophallus update - BLOOMING!
Aaron's VooDoo Lily (Amorphophallus konjac) is almost ready to bloom!
and the bloom smells like rotten meat!
Spring is on its way!
Tulips emerging in Aaron's yard
and Crocus blooming!
Planting Asparagus in the Home Garden,Richard Jauron,
ISU Extension Horticulture & Home Pest news
Local Nursery Recommendations
Hardy bamboo listing from the Iowa Gardening Forum on GardenWeb
Some of our Favorite Early Spring Blooming Plants
- Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)
- Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
- Siberian Squill (Scilla sibierica)
- Danford Iris (Iris danfordiae)
- Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens)
- Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)
Gardening for Butterflies and Other Welcomed Insects
Who are these welcomed insects?
Butterflies and moths (of course)
Bees (honey, bumble, mason, and others)
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Pest Predators (Praying Mantis, Beetles, Lady Bugs & Other Beetles)
How do you welcome them?
Water source – (remember puddles not ponds)
Create plant corridors
Get the neighbors involved
Change some gardening practices
Reduce clean up in fall
What is Baby Corn? Washington State
Jim has grown the BONUS Variety from Shumway.
Guest: Susan Appleget-Hurst
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Guests: Holly & Joel Gettys
Holly and Joel Gettys
4240 Clinton Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Store hours March through September:
Thursdays & Fridays 11-6, plus Saturdays 10-4, and by appointment
Professor and Director ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Department of Horticulture
106 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1100
Phone: 515-294-5075 Fax: 515-294-0730
Flora Grubb Gardens, Bayview District, SanFrancisco
The "Carburetor Garden" sits on the hood of the Edsel Garden
Annual Pruning Workshop
Berry Patch Farm, March 9, 12:30 -2:30PM
fee includes handouts & refreshments: $15.00/person or $20/family
dress for the weather
62785 280th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
515-382-5138 or 877-382-5138
Other San Francisco Gardens
Special Guest Today: Sarah Rummery - Manager of Horticulture, Reiman Gardens - Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Fun Bulbs at Reiman Gardens To Try Forcing as recommended by Sarah
Peruvian Squill - Scilla peruviana
Acutally the many plants we refer to as having "bulbs" have other bulb-like sturctures like corms, tubers, rhizomes, or tuberous roots. The more appropriate term would be Geophyte
Geophyte (j-ft) n. a perennial plant propagated by buds on an underground storage organ, such as a bulb, corm, tuber, or rhizome.
Spring Bulbs to Look For!
Sarah suggests some early spring bulbs, planted in the fall that may be popping up soon outside
Siberian Squill - Scilla siberica
Crocus - Crocus vernus
Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis
Snowflake - Leucojum aestivum
Striped Squill - Puschkinia scilloides
Winter Aconite - Eranthis hyemalis
Forcing Spring Bulbs
Maybe you found a few extra bulbs your forgot to plant this fall - you could still try this. Or just make plans for next year!
Forcing Spring Branches
You can clip and bring in branches of some of your favorite early spring blooming shrubs and force them to bloom. A great way to add a touch of spring a little early.
Great plants for this include: Forsythia, Magnolia, Redbud, Serviceberry, Witchhazel, Crabapple, and of course.....Pussy Willow
Here is more information on Forcing Spring Branches from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
There is still plenty of time to order and plant these spring planted, summer blooming bulbs.
The hardy ones
Asiatic Lily - Lilium - specifically, a nice cultivar called 'Commander In Cheif'
Ornamental Onion - Allium - although many plant their bulbs in the fall - this link will take you to the beautiful star of persia allium (Allium christophii)
Crocosmia - Crocosmia - hardy to zone 5
The tender ones
Caladium - Caladium
Canna - Canna
Gladiolus - Gladiolus
Dahlia - Dahlia
Pruning Fruit Trees
A nice overview from North Carolina State University - Pruning Fruit Trees
Got a Sick Plant? Contact the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University
A Snapshot of Home Gardening in the United States