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By Deb Wiley. Gardeners, start your trowels! Iowa gardeners dig new plants. They enjoy the chance to buy the latest trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, or vegetables — but prefer selections that have been carefully vetted by garden center professionals. Spring is on the horizon, and Iowa gardeners will soon find an array of new — or fairly new — plants on the benches of the state’s top independent garden centers. Ready, set, dig!

    Environmental Stewardship Takes Root in Your Own Backyard Story and photography by Kelly D. Norris Gardening in Iowa isn’t for the faint of heart, something I’ve learned with erring trowel since I started poking around in the dirt with my grandma as a little kid. Ravaged by ice...

Story by Ann Hutchins. Best Veggie Bets for the Iowa Garden. It is time to plan and soon to plant this year’s vegetable garden. Make the most of the growing season with these four enjoyable, productive, and valuable choices for the Iowa backyard. How to grow asparagus, tomatoes, beets, and peppers in your Iowa garden. Recipes to use those fresh flavors. Iowa Gardening in zones 4 and 5.

By Veronica Lorson Fowler. What’s not to love about hydrangeas? They are low-maintenance shrubs that each summer showcase huge clouds of tiny flowers in white or pink, sometimes purple or pale green, or — in the right conditions — a coveted sky blue. Several types of hydrangeas perform beautifully in Iowa because they bloom on current season’s growth. Iowa Gardening in zones 4 and 5.

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