Archive for January, 2008

Melinda’s interview

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I had the good fortune to interview Melinda Myers, host of the PBS show, “Great Lakes Gardener,” for an article in The Gazette about the upcoming Winter Gardening Fair. She will be the keynote speaker for the event on Feb. 2 at Kirkwood Community College. Melinda told me about one of her favorite flowers, called cuphea, or cigar plant, which is a favorite of hummingbirds. She also told a fun story about a visitor to her home who was shocked to see a “weed,” milkweed, in the backyard of this gardening expert. Click on the links below to hear these interview excerpts: 

http://www.gazetteonline.com/assets/mp3/cindyaudio1.mp3

http://www.gazetteonline.com/assets/mp3/cindyaudio2.mp3

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Master Gardeners

This post is from Linn County Master Gardener Claire Smith:

The holidays are over; your exercise program is already boring. You need something to look forward to.  Have you considered gardening?  Gardening is a summer job, you say?  Not necessarily.  Grab a seed catalog, your favorite snack, put your feet up and dream!   Don’t know where to start?  Welcome to the Iowa State University Linn County Master Gardeners!  We’re a group of men and women who have voluntarily completed a horticulture education training program and we’re dedicated and willing to share our knowledge with our community.

For example, an annual will grow and bloom only for one season where a perennial will grow and bloom (hopefully) for several seasons.  Once in awhile you’ll encounter a biennial.  Those plants flower every other year.

             Somebody said we’re in a zone.  That’s correct.  The United States is divided into areas—or zones—determined by weather conditions.  The Northern half of Linn County is in Zone 4 and the Southern half in Zone 5.  Purchase plants according to your respective zone.

            No equipment?  A good pair of gloves, a hat, a small spade and determination will let you create your master piece.

Still not convinced?  Have lots and lots of questions?  Master Gardeners  

provide several avenues to answer plant related questions.

*      Log on to this blog where we will routinely address a variety of  interesting topics.

*      Call the Horticulture Line at 319-447-0647 and visit one-on-one with a Master Gardener. (If we miss you, please leave a message.)  We willl return your call as soon as possible. 

*      Master Gardeners answer questions on Fridays at 11:50 A.M. on  KCRG.

*      Listen to WMT each Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesdays, 9:10-10:00 A.M. Saturdays, 7:10-8:00 A.M. for additional gardening advice and information.

            Look for future Master Gardener postings on a weekly basis on this blog.

           

                                     

                            

   

 

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Hello world!

Welcome! I am so excited to be doing this!! Homegrown is the blog version of a gardening column I wrote for The Gazette a few years ago, a reference to locally grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. First off, although I was born in the 1960s, I don’t consider myself a product of the ’60s, so if you’re looking for a less than legal “homegrown” substance, you’ve come to the wrong blog, dude. Everyone else, feel free to come back often – more will be added as we move into growing season – and please, offer your comments. I want to know what your interests are. I’m also thrilled to provide a forum for our Master Gardeners, who will be sharing their expertise, as well. Thanks for checking in. I look forward to hearing from you!

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