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Waking the garden

The following is from Linn County Master Gardener, Claire Smith, who wrote this on a more pleasant day than today:

 

Yes, Mr. Rogers, it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  And presentations by Master Gardeners Deb Walser on New Perennials and Becki Lynch on Grasses at the Lawn and Garden Show last weekend got me really, really motivated to work in the yard.  As I moaned about achy muscles, my favorite Granddaughter Catie, chided me for not stretching before grabbing the rake and nippers.  Now is a great time to commence waking your flower and vegetable beds.   If you have heavy concentrations of leaves and debris in the beds packed down by snow and ice, rake them out and fire up the lawn mower or shredder.  Fluff the mulch and add the shredded leaves to the top of it. Air, water and nutrients need to reach dormant roots and bulbs. Encourage drainage.  Poorly drained soil or standing water will cause roots and bulbs to rot.  Think soil amendments.  Add compost to your beds.  If you’re thinking of having the soil tested, now is a good time and you can pick up the test from the Extension Office.    I got about half my beds trimmed and raked out today before I ran out of energy.  During a break I enjoyed cold tea instead of hot coffee, and planned further for the new bed I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  I know where the old seeder wagon and garden gate can stand.  I know approximately how much mulch and grass cloth to purchase.  And, I know about how many Hostas to buy at the Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale.  I’ll broach the subject of the stone erosion control area to my favorite son at a later date.  

                 Draw a diagram of your deck and create an interesting focal point using your houseplants grouped with potted annuals.   Several years ago another Master Gardener suggested moving house plants outside for the summer.  It’s amazing how they thrive.  Just remember to keep them out of the direct, hot sunlight.  Get them ready now by repotting, if necessary.  Begin watering and fertilizing lightly and gradually increase exposure to sunlight. 

                Achy muscles aside, the fresh air and sunshine were so welcome. I’m anxious to get back out and clean up the remainder of the gardens.

                P.S. Many of you will be receiving or purchasing Hardy Oriental, Asiatic or traditional white lilies soon.  Keep them healthy by placing them in a cool, bright location in your home.  Keep the soil moist but not wet.  Perforate or remove the decorative foil so the water doesn’t collect in the decorative pot or basket.  Remember to place the pot on a saucer to prevent spills.  Continue to care for the lily after the flowers fade because they can be planted outdoors.  The planting site should be in full sun with well drained soil.  Lilies create beautiful backdrops or vertical accents.

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Winter Gardening – part II

The following is Part II of information on the Winter Gardening Fair 2009 by Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch:

 

One week closer to the Fair!  I want to highlight some of the topics and speakers we are offering this year. 

 

First, we have numerous repeats of seminars about those beautiful perennials and other plants and trees that some could not get into last year – Daylilies, Lawns, Garden Lighting, Hillside Gardening, Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Ornamental Grasses, Using Herbs, Composting, and Prairie Gardens are just a few.

 

Second, we’ve added additional seminars specifically about Vegetable Gardening, a topic people requested last year in our evaluations.  Vegetable Gardening Problems and Solutions, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Salsa, Food Preservation, and The Kitchen Garden are all available.

 

Third, we’ve added a variety of new seminars that range from Bee Keeping, Tree Identification, Rain Gardens, House Plants, Tropical Plants, and Ponds, Gardening with Kids, to Everlastings – to name a few – Whew!

 

And finally, we have hands-on seminars that allow you to learn and participate directly in making garden related items:   The Garden Journal, Plant Propagation, Creating Nosegays, Terra Cotta Fountains, and Toad Houses are all examples.

 

And that’s not all – I urge all of you to go to www.extension.iastate.edu/linn to look at all the offerings available.   Simply click on Winter Gardening Fair on that page to see the full program, and instructions on how to register.

 

Overall, we have a selection of over 45 individual seminars, something for everyone!  The Fair will be held on February 7, 2009, with a back-up date of February 21, just in case of bad weather.  Hope to see you there!

 

Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch.

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“Irresistible” garden sale

An addition to the May calendar:

 

The Cedar Rapids Garden Club is presenting an “Irresistible” Plant and Garden Sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cornerhouse Gallery and Frame, 2753 First Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids.

 

Unique plants and grasses, lilies, perennials from members’ gardens, new and gently used garden items and designer pots are among the items for sale. Gardening presentations will also be made at the event.

 

The club uses proceeds for community beautification projects.

 

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Great May events!

Following is a list of area gardening events in Eastern Iowa for the month of May 2008. If you know of other public events, add it in a comment or send an email to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

Thurs. May 1 through Sat., May 3 – Annual tulip festival in Pella, Iowa. See schedule at: www.pellatuliptime.com

 

Sat. May 3 –  9 a.m. to noon, Indian Creek Nature Center annual spring plant sale featuring wildflowers, prairie grasses and flowers, hosta, geraniums, and a variety of garden perennials, as well as garden art and accessories.

 

Sat. May 3 and Sun. May 4 – Urban permaculture workshop at 3409 Seminole Valley Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. See schedule at: www.myearthwatchexperience.com/pcw/

 

Sat. May 10 – 9-11:30 a.m.,  Project GREEN’s annual Garden Fair at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City. Perennials for shade and sun, hostas, wildflowers, trees and more will be sold.

 

Sat. May 10 – 9 a.m. to noon, Brucemore annual plant sale, featuring several types of perennials and annuals from Brucemore’s greenhouse, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids.

 

Sun. May 11 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Noelridge Park Greenhouse open house, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids. Blooming planted baskets will be sold at $30 each as a fundraiser for the greenhouse. The open house also will feature a gardening and nature book fair, Bonsai display, and beekeeper and mushroom displays.

 

Sat. May 17 – 8 a.m. to noon, Johnson County Master Gardeners Garden Flea Market and Plant Sale, Food Booth Building, Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds, featuring garden and lawn tools, plant containers, yard art, horticulture books and plants, seeds and bulbs for sale.

 

Sat. May 17 – 10-11 a.m., Garden Containers with Pizzazz for Decks & Balconies with Mike Duggan Wyatt – Class will be in the Hy-Vee Garden Center, 5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids. The class fee will cover soil, plants and instruction. $20.  Pre-register at Customer Service, (319)378-0762.

 

Sun. May 18 – 2-4 p.m., Second Annual Master Gardener “Top Gardening Tips,” Iowa City Public Library, Room A, Betty Kelly will present top organic gardening tips and Sherlyn Flesher will present easy composting.

 

Sat. May 24, 8 a.m. to noon (or until plants are gone) – Linn County Master Gardeners annual plant sale, Extension office parking lot,  3279 Seventh Ave.,  Marion. Many kinds of perennials for sun or shade,  hosta, daylilies, wildflowers, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and some annuals,  from Master Gardeners’ own gardens will be sold.

 

 

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