I’ve been an Iowa State University Extension Master Gardener and member of the Story County Master Gardener Association since 2001. My favorite club activity is our annual Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend. I enjoy visiting with gardeners and helping them decide what plants would work best in their yards and their plan.

As a child I helped out with the family garden every summer reaping the fruits of my labor with joy. I also remember slipping away during visits to my grandfather’s farm to liberate some of his raspberries. However, gardening is more than just planting a flower, fruit or vegetable garden. We are conservators of the land and have a responsibility to protect the environment with a thoughtful plan for the land we manage.


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Fall Into Winter
by Andrea Dorn - posted 12/19/13

Was your garden or yard picture perfect this year? If you’re like most people you can think of things you’d like to improve, changes you’d like to make and probably additions for your yard. This is the perfect time of year to do just that.

Most department stores that sell gardening supplies have replaced them with Christmas decorations that will likely go on sale next week. But gardening supply stores may still have leftover supplies and tools you can pick up at a good price. Soon seed catalogs will be in the mail. The stores will be stocking seed starting supplies. And you can always search online for anything you want or need, though I prefer to support our local stores as much as possible.

This is a great time for books. Winter is not officially here until Saturday but we all know it arrived at our doorsteps early this year. Isn’t it nice to settle in on a cold winter’s afternoon with a good book about gardening ideas, new plants/flowers, and maybe other gardeners who have developed that garden you’d like to have. Check your local library and bookstore in the gardening section for a good variety of books. Online you can search for general gardening books or maybe a specific book you’ve heard of. The best way to find a book you need is to ask your fellow gardeners or your local Master Gardeners.

So let’s get out there and get our 2014 gardens started!

How was your garden this year? What are you going to change, fix, add or start in 2014? Do you have a theme in your garden? I’d love to hear what all of you are doing with your yards.




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