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
Dr. Mike White, Viticulture Field Specialist,Iowa State University, 909 E. 2nd Ave, Suite E, Indianola, IA 50125.
Ph: office: (515) 961-6237; mobile: (515) 681-7286; Fax: (515) 961-6017.
Mike publishes the ISU Extension Wine-Grower-News. Contact him to get on his subscription list.
Iowa Wine Growers Association
ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute
Western Iowa Grape Growers Association
Iowa Wine & Beer Promotion Board
Ohio State University Extension eStore, search for Midwest Grape Production Guide B919, $20.50
2013 Midwest Commercial Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide, free pdf, $6 for hardcopy
Cornell University VineBalance, excellent sustainable viticulture workbook
Virginia Tech Wine Grape Production in Eastern North America: order through ISU for $75
VESTA "On-line" Viticulture and Enology Junior College degrees or 100 hr certificates
ISU Ag Marketing Resource Center: detailed interactive "FREE" Excel winery and vineyard budget spreadsheets
ISU Winery & Vinyard Feasibility Workbooks: Excellent interactive down-loadable EXCEL spreadsheets
Iowa Alcohol Beverages Division
Organic Viticulture Resources:
Ohio State University Organic Grape Spray Guide
Washington State University Organic Viticulture Resources
Univ. of Minnesota Organic Risk Management Crops Manual
Cornell University Organic Grape Guide
Mike: The best book I have ever read about grape growing whether it be commercial or hobby was The Grape Grower– an Organic Guide to Grape Growing by Lon Rombough.
Very easy read with a huge amount of information that can be used in conventional or organic production.
Cold Hardy Wine grapes View Document
Cold Hardy Table grapes View Document
Ulrike's tomatoes are hanging in there, still producing
For Kathy: Large Container Ideas from Houzz
Seed Start spreadsheet 2012 View Document
Growing Geraniums from Seed, ISU Extension, Richard Jauron, 2/1/2008
Growing Geraniums from Seed-2010- Senior Gardening: lot of details & photos.
Front Yard Vegetables
West Des Moines officials decide to drop proposed front yard garden ban, Des Moines Register, Emily Schettler, 2/7/2013
The Battlefront in the Front Yard, New York Times, Steven Kurutz, 12/19/2012
College Park, FL, update, Click Orlando, January 13, 2013,
It's WEST Des Moines, not Des Moines, but I love the natives in the picture. Mother Earth News, Katie Roberts, 2/7/2012
Orchid Fest at Reiman Garden Today!
Add some color to an otherwise dreary day - you can buy orchids and see orchid related classes
Aaron's Clivia is Blooming!
And here is some more information about growing your own Clivia
Eggshell seedlings: This seedling is sickly, do NOT try this at home
Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners, Cornell University
2013 Think Spring Garden Seminar, Saturday, February 23
9 AM to 3 PM
Hubbell Ballroom, Kent Student Center, Simpson College, indianola
Fee: $45 includes catered lunch
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 13, or when full
Call (515) 961-9420 to register.
Classes at SEED (SEED FACEBOOK PAGE)
500 East Grand Avenue (East Village)
Des Moines, IA
Thursday, Feb 7 - Seed Saving
Thursday Feb.14 - What's "New" with Heirlooms
Thursday, Feb. 21 - Urban Farming for Self sufficiency
Thursday, Feb. 28 - Planning for Year round color in your garden
Thursday, March 7 - Drought busting colorful containers
Thursday, March 14 - Fairy Gardening (Adult)
Applehurst Spring Classes, including
Cracked Pot Succulent Garden
Everyone loves those cracked pots tumbling with hardy succulents that they see on the patio at Applehurst. Come to class and make one of your own! You’ll receive soil, decorative gravel, and two plants, plus all the assistance you need to build your pot. Yes, you may bring your own pots if you would like and we’ll be happy to help you figure out how to arrange and plant them. You may purchase broken terra cotta at $1.50/lb and any extra plants you want to design your pot as large or small as you want.
Boxwood Blight, NC State University Dept of Plant Pathology: Multipl links, inlcuding a handy chart of resistance levels:
Planting & Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables, ISU Extension, PM534
Guest Joe McNally, Horticulture Project Manager
Main Number: (515) 795-3216
Upcoming Events, including Second Saturday Morning: Designing with Perennials, 2/9/2013
Our annual Winter Meeting will be Feb. 2, DMACC Ankeny Building 7. This year our silent auction beneficiary will be two State Preserves - Rolling Thunder and Marietta Sand Prairie. Auction proceeds will pay for development of management plans for these two preserves, and also fund some on-site work days by the Conservation Corps. We hope to do more of this kind of partnership with the Iowa DNR State Preserves, this is our trial run. The main presentation day will be a sort of "top 10 prairie questions" we hear from folks getting started with prairies, with follow-up displays on such topics as creating a seed mix, dealing with invasive species, evaluating a developing prairie stand etc. There will also be a tribute/review of the work done by the Living Roadway Trust Fund, and the usual room full of conservation displays by artists and organizations. Join us! Doors open at 11, presentation starts at Noon.
California Plant Pathology
History of the Plant Pathology Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1903-1991; Milton R. Schroth & Albert R. Weinhold; 2011
Beneficial Bacteria Enhance Plant Growth, Suslow et al, California Agriculture, November-December 1979
Farmstead Windbreaks: Planning, PM-1716
Guest Ralph Conner, Consulting Arborist
Board Certified Master Arborist MW0509B
American Society Consulting Arborists
Ed Gilman, University of Florida, Landscape Plants: browse here for lots of info about landscape trees
Some great conference opportunities recommended by Ralph Conner
Shade Tree Short Course - February 26-28 - Ames, IA
Nebraska Arborists - February 18-19 - Lincoln, NE
Midwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture - February 6-8 - St. Louis, MO
Trees Forever a great organization!
Cabling and Bracing Trees, SP659, University of Tennessee Extension
Low-growing Trees for Urban and Rural Iowa, PM1429D, ISU Extension will help you get the right tree in the right place!
Iowa Native Trees and Shrubs, near Woodward, providing locally sourced and grown trees and shrubs, using root-pruning growing techniques for hard to transplant trees like Oak & Hickory.