Preserving Garden Produce Theme of Upcoming Home Garden Demonstration Field Days

July 31st, 2009

AMES, Iowa — Preserving the bounty of home gardens is a theme of the Home Garden Demonstration Field Days the next couple weeks at several Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms.

"The theme — the plants that store or preserve well — was selected because gardening can save a person money. One way to save money on gardening means extending the harvest. Produce like winter squash, potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes can easily be stored indoors for months," said Cynthia Haynes, ISU Extension consumer horticulture specialist and associate professor of horticulture, who coordinates the field days.

"Other vegetables in this section of the garden are tomatoes, beets, beans and pickling cucumbers — all of which can be easily preserved through canning or freezing. In other words, these plants can really stretch your dollar," she said.

Unusual flowers, including several cultivars of Rudbeckia, marigolds, cosmos and rose moss, and ornamental grasses also will be on display at the field days, which are free and open to the public.

The schedule and location of upcoming home garden demonstration field days:


Muscatine Island Aug. 4 6 p.m.

* The farm is located at 111 North St. in Fruitland.

Northern Aug. 5 6:30 p.m.

* The farm is just south of Kanawha on county road R35.

Horticulture Station Aug. 6 6 p.m.

* The station is located at 55519 170th St.; three miles north of Ames on Highway 69, then east on 170th Street one and a half miles.

Northeast Aug. 8 4 p.m.

* The farm is located one mile west of the Highway 218 and B60 intersection in Nashua, one mile south and a quarter mile east.

McNay Aug. 10 6 p.m.

* The farm is located four miles south on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, two and a half miles east on a gravel road and north three-quarters mile, near Chariton.

Armstrong Aug. 11 6:30 p.m.

* The farm is 11 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, one-half mile south on M53 and three-quarters of a mile east.

Northwest — Sutherland Aug. 12 6 p.m.

* The farm is located 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59 and a quarter mile east on county road B62.

The McNay and Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farms have livestock on the farms and visitors are asked to:

* Wait five days before visiting the farms after traveling outside the United States.

* Change clothing and footwear if you have visited another livestock farm.

* Refrain from bringing food to the research farms.

If you have any questions, call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045.


Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, (515) 294-4006,

Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Service, (515) 294-2314,