Polk County Master Gardener Project: The Enabling Garden, Altoona

Fall Fundraiser and Garden Gathering, September 14th, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
1050 1st Avenue S, Altoona (Behind the Altoona Hy-Vee)

-All proceeds will benefit The Children's Garden in 2015-

Perennial Plants for sale short list, more will be added on I am sure! These will be bargain priced.

Phlox, Mums, Iris, Hostas, Ferns, Day lilies, Sedum, Euphorbia, Speedwell, Gaillardia, Purple coneflower, Centaurea, Indigo, Lily/phlox mix, and Asiatic lilies....Lots of Iowa proven perennials and garden related items. Garden treasures, tools, items to re-purpose, and beautiful one of a kind note cards. Yummy home baked goods. Oh and yummy ice cream sundaes. Free children's art projects, including our always popular children's flower arranging. Please share with your friends and family!

Enabling Garden Facebook page

It's time for FALL garden projects

Reseed thin lawns. If your lawn has not been handling the weather well, you might consider a more diverse lawn mix. The low-growing fescues play well with Kentucky bluegrass and Perennial rye. Consider using some fescue in bare areas this Fall, see what you think. (I have not seen any published "research" on this option, but I've been impressed with the results in my own garden. - Eileen)

One mix that is readily available is the No Mow Low Grow Mix from Prairie Nursery:

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The types of grass in the mix are listed in this pdf. These fescues should be available from other suppliers if requested:

Hard Fescue (Festuca brevipila), Sheep Fescue (Festuca ovina), Chewings Fescue (Festuca rubra subs. fallax), Red Fescue (Festuca rubra), Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra var. rubra).

"Interesting" Critters

The "Dog Vomit" slime mold, Fuligo septica


A "bracket" fungus (?Turkey Tail?)


Plasticulture, Penn State Extension

Iowa Food Cooperative