Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas

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University of Iowa Press, 1997 - Gardening - 155 pages
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On the East Coast, so the story goes, newcomers are asked where they come from; on the West Coast they are asked what they do for a living; in Iowa people ask them, "How's your garden doing?" Maybe this is not a true story, but it does epitomize the importance of gardening for Iowans, blessed as they are with the rich glacial soil so hospitable to corn and soybeans. Rural and urban Iowans alike start planning next summer's garden in midwinter, when their plots are still snow-covered and deep-frozen; by state fair time their trees, shrubs, vegetables--including the ubiquitous zucchini--and flowers are thriving. Veronica Fowler's month-by-month guide to gardening in Iowa is a concise, valuable resource for all novice and experienced gardeners.

Beginning in January, Fowler presents a monthly checklist to allow gardeners to prioritize seasonal tasks. Her winter chapters focus on garden design, cold-weather gardening, and starting plants from seeds; in spring she moves into soil preparation, shopping for plants, wildflower and rose cultivation, and lawn care basics; summer brings landscaping, flowers for cutting, and organic gardening; and fall involves cold frames, winter-harvest vegetables, forcing bulbs and perennials, trees and shrubs, and ground covers and vines best suited for Iowa's climate as well as information on mail-order suppliers, gardens to visit, where to go for help, and garden club memberships. Tips from some of the more than two thousand members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa round out this plentiful harvest of useful advice.

On a day in February when the wind chill is, well, chilling and the forecast calls for more of the same, the arrival of the first garden catalog of the season brings warmth to any gardener. Veronica Fowler's accessible, information-packed book will become part of every gardener's life both indoors and out.

 

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Contents

JANUARY CHECKLIST
2
GARDEN DESIGN
4
PLANT HARDINESS IN IOWA
7
GARDENING BY MAIL
10
GARDENING RECORDS
11
FEBRUARY CHECKLIST
14
COLDWEATHER GARDENING
16
STARTING PLANTS FROM SEEDS
19
WATERING
76
RENOVATING YOU LANDSCAPE
78
WILDLIFE CONTROL
81
AUGUST CHECKLIST
84
SPRINGBLOOMING BULBS
86
WEEDS
88
FLOWERS FOR CUTTING
90
ORGANIC GARDENING
92

BASIC TOOLS
21
MARCH CHECKLIST
24
PREPARING THE SOIL
26
VEGETABLE GARDENING
28
TREES AND SHRUBS FOR IOWA
30
PRUNING BASICS
31
APRIL CHECKLIST
34
SHOPPING FOR PLANTS
38
BEST PERENNIALS FOR IOWA
40
HERBS
43
FAVORITE HERBS AND THEIR USES
44
MAY CHECKLIST
46
WILDFLOWERS FOR IOWA
49
ROSES FOR IOWA
51
ROSE TYPES
54
LAWN CARE BASICS
56
PLANTS IN CONTAINERS
59
SHADE GARDENING
61
PLANTS THAT TRHIVE IN SHADE
64
JUNE CHECKLIST
66
HEALTHY PLANTS
68
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING
70
PROPAGATIONG PLANTS
71
JULY CHECKLIST
74
FALL CROPS
94
SEPTEMBER CHECKLIST
96
COLD FRAMES
98
FORCING BULBS
100
BRINGING PLANTS INDOORS
102
OCTOBER CHECKLIST
104
FALLBLOOMING PLANTS
106
PLANT WITH FALL COLOR
107
NOVEMBER CHECKLIST
110
COMPOST
112
DRIED FLOWERS
114
DECEMBER CHECKLIST
118
WINTER GARDENS
119
GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN
121
BEST BULBS AND PERENNIALS FOR IOWA
124
BEST TREES AND SHRUBS FOR IOWA
130
BEST PERENNIAL VINES FOR IOWA
133
BEST GROUND COVERS FOR IOWA
135
MAILORDER SUPPLY COMPANIES
136
IOWA GARDENS TO VISIT
140
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
144
INDEX
149
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