Horticulture Happenings An Iowa State University Extension Newsletter for Mid-Iowa GardenersSpring 2007 - Vol. 4, No. 1 It’s Back? – Spring - When! In This Issue: Yes ! I think it may pruning care in the past - a too At our last Mid-Iowa be safe to say – drastic pruning job could be fatal. Horticulture Council, Spring is almost here Overgrowth should be pruned Events Calendar.......…p. 2 John Eveland, the once again! annually - in stages - to achieve County Extension proper recommendations. Recipe Corner……......p. 2 Education Director Many of you will be For best results, as in most other for Humboldt County participating in plant types of pruning, do not remove Dividing Perennials in and Leroy Jensen, sales or exchanges more than ⅓ of live growth at one Spring……………….....p. 2 this spring. Now is the County the Wright time to time. Extension Education plants that may think about which Director, (isn’t that a nifty tie to horticulture as theyto need dividing that you may want But why prune you may ask? Meet the MG are CEEDS (seeds?:), hadthe article share. Be sure to read an idea. Proper pruning will promote larger, Interns …………….......p. 3 on page 2 for some division ideas. quality flowers & healthier foliage. Okay-maybe you don’t appreciate my humor, but I do think you will Well, with spring just around the Awards Night Now if this snow ever melts, we appreciate their idea to compile a corner, why not consider Planting a will be able to walk around in our Potluck Held…………. p. 4 listing of area Master Gardeners Row for the Hungry this year? gardens! Late March is the time to with specialties in such topics as Many Mid-Iowa gardeners are clean out those bluebird houses vegetables, lawn care, flowers, fruit, participating as to celebrate ISU’s Plant a Row and prune back some types of houseplants, water gardens, etc. 150th Sesquicentennial. More on For the Hungry….…….p. 4 clematis. Did you know that there This will allow people with this program is found on p. 4. are different types of clematis, horticultural questions to be given each with their own best time to Corinth Red Stars the name of a Master Gardener with ”Happy Days”* will soon be here! prune? You can discover more on Workshop………..…….p.5 expertise in that area to contact with clematis at: specific horticultural questions. Yvonne Nilles, ISUE Horticulturalist www.extension.iastate.edu/Publica tions/RG307.pdf This will be a great opportunity to be *For a gardener (and farmers) this able to chat with someone “who has The robin in the photo above seems An important point to remember means being outside working in and done that” for valuable hands- to be waiting for Spring… when pruning old, established the dirt… Whoops - I meant to say on, experienced plants which have not had correct SOIL!! Hardin County Master Gardener Marsha Roland of Alden snapped this shot of robin red breast sitting outside Mid-Iowa MG’s to meet in her door. Wright County The Mid-Iowa Master Gardeners will be meeting on Tuesday, April 3, at Wright Co. ISU Extension Office in Clarion at 6:30 p.m. to carpool for a garden tour in Kanawha. Jan Libbey, owner One Step at a Extension programs are available to all Time Gardens, will give us a tour of without regard to race, color, national her gardens and discuss CSA origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. gardening. All area Master Gardeners are invited to attend.
MID-IOWA AREA Dividing Herbaceous RECIPE CORNER HORTICULTURE Perennials in Spring by Richard Jauron, ISU Horticulture Dept. EVENTS CALENDAR Perennials are divided to containMar 14&15…Shade Tree Shortcourse their size, to rejuvenate declining Apple Streusel Pumpkin $150 registration - ISU, Ames plants, and to propagate prized Muffins perennials. Vigorous perennials may 2 ½ c. flourMar 16….Emerald Ash Borer Webcast grow so rapidly that they crowd out 2 c. sugar 9 – 11:30 am, Free to Public neighboring plants in the flower bed. 1 tsp. baking soda Hamilton Co. Extension Off. In contrast, the performance of some 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice perennials begins to decline after a 1/2 tsp. saltMar 17…Spring Garden Seminar number of years. One of the easiest 2 eggs, beaten 9:00 – Noon, ICCC, Ft Dodge ways to propagate a prized perennial 1 c. canned or fresh pumpkin pureed 1/2 c. vegetable oil is to divide the plant into two or more 2 c. finely chopped applesMar 17…Home & Garden Show smaller plants. Hamilton Co. Fairgrounds, WC Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, The best time to divide perennials pumpkin pie spice & salt. In anotherMar 20....Fort Dodge Fed Garden Club varies with the different plant bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin filling & oil; Izaac Walton, 1 pm. Program: species. Early spring is an excellent stir just until blended. Add apples; blend “Landscaping Knowledge” by time to divide the following perennial well. Add to dry ingredients, stir just until Brian Dreith, Mar Jo’s Flowers moistened. plants.Mar 21….Spring Arrives! Spoon batter into 24 prepared muffin • Aster (Aster species) tins, filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle with streuselMar 24...Growing Roses in Iowa, 3 pm • Astilbe (Astilbe species) topping: Home & Garden Show-Ft Dodge • Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Streusel topping • Bellflower (Campanula spp) 2 Tbsp. flourMar 28...Town & Country Garden Club • Blanket Flower (Gaillardia ) 1/4 c. sugar Program: New for Spring 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran, WC • Blazing Star (Liatris species) 4 tsp. butter • Catmint (Nepeta species) Combine flour, sugar & cinnamon. CutApr 3…Mid-Iowa Master Gardeners • Chrysanthemum in butter: mix until coarse and crumbly. 6:30 pm, Wright Co. ISU • Coneflower Ext. Office. Program: “CSA Bake at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes. • Coral Bells (Heuchera ssp) Test for doneness with toothpick. Garden Tour” by Jan Libbey Meet & carpool to Jan’s garden • Coreopsis Remove from oven & cool completely • Cornflower (Centaurea spp) before removing from muffin tin.Apr 5…..Ft. Dodge Area Gardeners • Daylily 7 pm, Webster Co. Extension • Ferns -from Sara Thill, Webster County MGApr 12….’Sitting Pretty’ Contest/ • Goatsbeard (Aruncus spp) Container Garden Workshop • Gooseneck Loosestrife Hamilton Co. Ext. Office • Hardy Geranium WILLOW TRELLIS PROGRAM 6:30 pm - 1st Prize - $100 • Hardy Zinnia The Town & Country Garden Club • Hosta (Hosta species) met at the Hamilton County ISUApr 24…Landscape Design Workshop Extension Office in Webster City on Wright Co. ISU Extension Office • Meadowsweet (Filipendula) Feb. 28. Garden Club member 6:30 pm • Obedient Plant Richard Carlson gave an informative • Ornamental Grasses program on making Willow Trellis. For further details on these events, call 515-832-9597 • Perennial Salvia • Phlox, GardenPlease submit your events to: • Shasta Daisy Horticulture Happenings • Speedwell (Veronica spp) 311 Bank Street • Spiderwort (Tradescantia) Webster City, IA 50595-2303 • Stonecrop (Sedum species) Phone: 515-832-9597 • Wormwood (Artemisia ) Fax: 515-832-9599 • Yarrow (Achillea species) Or E-mail: email@example.com 2
Meet the 2006 Mid-Iowa Master Gardener Interns… From Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Webster & Wright counties The Mid-Iowa Master Gardner training of 2006 was attended by of 24 student trainees. These students completed 40 hours of training by ISU professors & staff, and in return, will offer 40 hours of volunteer service to their communities to become certified Iowa Master Gardeners. The new Interns who completed 40 hours of training are: Hamilton County Interns Hamilton County: L-R: Sharon Villier, Berniece Hostetler, Deb Rohlfs, Jane Adams, Pat Kesler of Webster City; and Renee Mosbach, Stanhope. Not pictured: Lynn Flowerday, Webster City. Hardin County: L-R: Rita Kaufman, Hampton; Connie Rameyer, Ackley; Ray Klemme, Hubbard; Judy Olberding and Clara Monson, both of Iowa Falls; with Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Entomologist. Wright County: L-R: DeAnne Wyllie, Clarion; Monica Halverson, Belmond; and Rhonda Thompson, Eagle Grove. Hardin Co. Interns Lewis Webster County: L-R: Judy Touney, Fort Dodge; Becky Geisler, Callendar; Lisa Zigrang, Dayton; and Kathy Geisler, Gowrie. L L Wright Co. Interns Do you need a Master Gardener’s advice? These Interns are Webster Co. Interns waiting for your call! Humboldt County Interns Humboldt County: L-R: Susan & Gary Flurer; Donna Day; and Wendy Lensing, all of Humboldt.Thank you Interns, for all the many hours of volunteer service you will provide! QUOTE OF THE DAY: “ZZZZZZZZ”, by Dean Shipp 3
Mid-Iowa Master Gardener Awards Night held in Fort Dodge … Mid-Iowa Master Gardeners, Interns and guests enjoyed a potluck of delicious appetizers at their annual Awards Night held March 6, 2007 at the Webster County Extension Office. A video explaining the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign was Humboldt County shown and awards were presented following the dinner. MG’s are excited to be planning Loretta Daisy, pictured at their 1st annual left, of Lake City, has now Open Class graduated. She has Horticulture Show received her Iowa Master for their fair to be Gardener Certification held Aug.4, 2007! following the completion of over 40 hours of volunteer service in Webster County! Congratulations Loretta! Loretta Daisy was presented with a pin, name badge and L-R: Wendy Lensing, Humboldt; Master Gardener certificate. Susan Owen, Gilmore City; Doyle Darnall and LeRoy & Jan Jorgensen, all of Humboldt.Giving from the Garden … Plant a Row for the Hungry According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 25 million people, including 9.9 million children, have substandard diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. In the past year, the demand for hunger assistance has increased by 40%, and research shows that hundreds of hungry children and adults are turned away from food banks each year because of lack of resources. Planting a Row for the Hungry allows area gardeners to contribute their extra garden produce to this effort.Hamilton Co. Master Gardener Free seeds were made available for participatingSherry Lambi, left, will head up gardeners. For further information on the Plant athe local Plant a Row campaign. Row for the Hungry program, contact your localAlso shown are Diane Madoerin ISU Extension Office. Limited supplies of freeand Leo Lambi, all of Webster seeds are still available – call 515-832-9597 forCity. further information. Renee Mosbach, Stanhope & Pat Kesler, Webster City selecting seeds. 4
Corinth Red Stars 4-H Club holds Corsage WorkshopA corsage workshop was held on March 4, at the Humboldt County ISUExtension Office. These 4-Hers are planning to use their newly acquiredcorsage making skills in order to prepare corsages for local nursing homeresidents. Enjoy this “Corsage Collage” of the day’s events!Fun was had by all… …during this hands-on learning activity! If you have a community group or club that would like to hold a Corsage Workshop, call your ISU Extension Horticulturalist at (515) 832-9597. Not on the Horticulture Happenings mailing list? Contact Yvonne Nilles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-832-9597 to have your name added to our mailing list! 5