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The middle of the summer in the vegetable garden has a lot of harvesting, weeding, and watering. Gardeners can also do planting! Some of the cool-season crops like lettuce, peas, and broccoli can be planted in mid-summer for a fall harvest to fill the holes left in the garden by […]

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mulch final

Most gardeners have heard many times over the years the benefits of adding organic mulch to the garden. The heat of the summer reminds us of the importance of mulch for moisture retention in the soil and tempering fluctuating soil temperatures. This additional organic layer can help suppress weeds as […]

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva' 4

The woody shrubs in our gardens help add structure, height, and create a backdrop for the colorful perennials in the garden. These staples don’t always play a supporting role in the landscape. While many woody trees and shrubs bloom in the spring, there are several great selections for Iowa that […]

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Malus 'Camzam' 2

Spring is full of blooming trees and one of the most popular for the upper Midwest is the flowering crabapple (Malus spp.). These ornamental trees are reliably winter hardy and often have multi-season appeal with white, pink to red flowers in spring and often colorful red, yellow, to orange fruit […]

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Malus sargentii_4874

Bare root trees and shrubs are an economical way to start new trees and shrubs, especially hard to find plants from mail-order sources. For many gardeners the idea of establishing plants from bare root is intimidating. Despite this, planting bare root at the appropriate time is a very good way […]

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Crassula ovata 'Hobbit'_3537

Many houseplants such as coleus and begonia can be propagated by stem cuttings. This process is easy – just follow these steps below: Start with a moistened, well-drained potting soil. Sand or perlite works well too. While some plants will root in water, others will rot. Roots that develop in […]

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Citrus x latifolia 'Bearss Seedless'_3471

The Orangery display in the Hughes Conservatory features citrus trees. These plants can be a beautiful and bountiful addition to the home if provided with the right conditions. Use these tips to grow your own citrus tree in your Iowa home. Start with dwarf varieties. Meyer lemon, Ponderosa lemon, Persian […]

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Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom' 1

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are popular gifts for the holidays. While growing them from the bulb the first year is easy, many gardeners are a little perplexed on what to do once the first flower stalk fades. Follow these tips to get that gift of color started and then to get it […]

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container

Each year the horticulturists at Reiman Gardens create beautiful winter containers out of evergreen boughs, dried plants, and other colorful and interesting materials. You can create these garden focal points at home by following these simple tips: Be sure to use a frost proof container. Avoid porous concrete, clay, and […]

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fall leaves

The wonderful fall colors of deciduous trees are one of the best parts of autumn. The management of the subsequent piles of leaves is one of the least desirable fall chores in the garden. Leaves allowed to pile and cover the lawn can cause serious issues with turf health. The […]

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