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How to Make Your Holiday Greenery Last

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Festive evergreen boughs are the foundation of so many gorgeous holiday arrangements. They show up everywhere in your seasonal decor—from bouquets to wreaths, planters to garlands. Not only are evergreen cuttings beautiful, but their scents are hallmarks of the season. The only downside is they tend to dry out extremely fast and start dropping needles […]

Creating Shade

It’s no accident that many of us wistfully imagine a shady sanctuary, relaxing under the leafy boughs of a tree. The image of a perfect afternoon spent under the cool shadow of a tree has been romanticized by poets and painters for centuries. We can’t deny that there’s something nostalgic about letting our minds drift […]

Ten Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes

ten tips for growing great tomatoes

We’re not sure if there’s anything that tastes more like summer than a delicious, garden-fresh tomato. The supermarket can’t even touch the quality of these gems fresh from our gardens. When you bite into a sun-ripened tomato straight from the plant, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would bother buying them from a store. Tomatoes […]

Best Patio Veggie Varieties

Ted Lare Best Patio Veggie Varieties

Getting in our daily serving of vegetables can be a challenge, and when your produce from the supermarket tastes less than stellar, it can be even harder. Having delicious, fresh edibles straight from the garden makes getting your daily servings a whole lot easier. With a patio garden, you’ll have all of the best garden flavors as […]

Designing and Planting a Veggie Garden

Designing and Planting a Veggie Garden

What better way to take advantage of all that your home and yard have to offer than by growing your own delicious, natural, healthy flavors right outside your door?

Prairie Establishment

Iowa Prairie

Prairies once covered hundreds of miles in the state of Iowa. Today, less than 0.01% of the original prairies remain.

Overwintering Tropicals in Iowa

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter”– Robert Frost Winter in Iowa can be a bittersweet time for most of us – while we won’t say no to a delicious cup of hot chocolate or the frozen, but stunning, winter aesthetic, it’s hard to say goodbye to our gardens and spending warm evenings […]

Deer-Proofing Your Garden in Iowa

“Eating greens is a special treat, it makes long ears and great big feet.”– Bambi Few things in nature are as elegant and interesting as deer, and spotting one can often be quite exciting – except, however, when you spot them grazing on your gorgeous garden. As beautiful as they are, deer can be an […]

Top 10 Spring Bulbs to Plant in Iowa

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”– Monet As we enter the final active season in the garden, now is the time to be thinking about the very first plants that pop up in our gardens: spring-blooming bulbs. These first spring flowers always hold a special place in our thoughts, as the first sign of […]

Amazing Fall Flora for Pots

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”– F. Scott Fitzgerald Tired from the intense heat of our Iowa summer, our gardens have seen better days, and we eagerly search for that fresh life we were surrounded by in summer. Luckily, you can still have beautiful fall flora even as the […]

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