WAVERLY — Bremer County ISU Extension and Outreach is presenting a free, hands-on learning session on planting and pruning fruit trees from 5 to 6 pm March 24 at the Waverly Community Sharing Garden Orchard at Seventh Avenue SW and Third Street SW.
The program is free and open to the public, with a donation of non-perishable food for area food pantries.
Presenters are Ron Lenth, Bremer County ISU Extension and Outreach director and orchard manager, and Patrick O’Malley, ISU Extension horticulturalist. Participants will practice their new skills on the orchard.
For more detaills, contact Bremer ISU Extension office in Tripoli at 319-882-4275, or email: email@example.com.
2022 spring garden winning flowers & veggies
Begonia “Viking Explorer Rose on Green” — This trailing begonia “explores” the garden by spreading and spilling its branches over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Prolific rose-colored flowers stand out against the glossy green foliage and do so all season long. It has a strong tolerance to heat & many diseases, as well as both wet & dry conditions.
Tomato “Purple Zebra F1” — A fun new addition to striped tomatoes, producing tomatoes that are rich with complex flavors and a moderately firm texture. Dark red fruits with green stripes and a deep mahogany red interior do not produce muddy coloration like other tomatoes of this type. The taste is sweet and acidic leaning to sweet. Overall, this tomato has a better taste and thinner skin than comparisons with excellent disease resistance. High disease resistance.
Tomato “Sunset Torch F1” — “Sunset Torch” has strong, dramatic striping from stem to tip. This is a very vigorous grower and was the first to ripen in multiple regions. Overall better performance, less splitting, good yields, a mildly sweet, fruity flavor, and disease resistance make this cutie a winner. Sunset-colored fruits are produced on easy-to-harvest trusses. High disease resistance.
Tomato “Pink Delicious” — This early maturing tomato supports the trend of having heirloom look, flavor and texture with hybrid disease resistance and improved germination, definitely earlier with a higher yield and a very uniform fruit size. The beautiful big fruits do not crack as much. What really sets this variety apart is the excellent flavor and a high Brix for a sweeter than normal pink tomato.
Eggplant “Icicle F1” — This cylindrical white eggplant has fewer spines than most eggplants, making for a less painful harvest! With larger fruits than other white eggplants, it produces a nice yield while also providing fewer seeds. The large, durable, and vigorous plants hold up to insect damage and the environment. The pure white skin does not tend to yellow like many other white varieties of eggplant. The improved taste and texture has universal appeal (whether fresh or cooked).
Lettuce “Bauer” — Oakleaf lettuce is a delicious and versatile edible that is super easy (and fast) to grow. Harvest at the baby leaf stage or grow into the rosette-shaped full-sized head. Bauer will please with its darker green color and nicely uniform compact size that can be grown almost anywhere — in-ground, containers, home aeroponics system or window boxes. The dense heads produce a plethora of sweet, crisp sturdy leaves.
Pepper “Dragonfly F1” – “Dragonfly” pepper plants produce beautiful purple peppers that have thick, sweet walls, unlike the thin papery walls of other purples on the market. This pepper transforms itself from a green pepper into a purple fruit that is as delicious at the green stage of maturity as it is when fully purple and mature. Overall, a much better purple color than comparisons with above average, robust pepper flavor.
Pepper “Buffy F1” — This hot pepper will do right by you by producing a good yield of juicy, thick-walled green to red fruits on strong, healthy upright plants. Buffy’s fruits are more attractive than the comparisons as well as slightly larger. The peppers are held high on the plant and was faster to mature than Tobasco in the AAS trials.
Petunia “Bee’s Knees” — This deep, rich yellow mounding petunia is the first petunia to win a gold medal distinction since 1950. Each “Bee’s Knees” petunia is filled with lush blooms that put on a colorful show of deep yellow, non-fading flowers all season long . The intense yellow petunia color contrasts beautifully against the deep green leaves.
Sunflower “Concert Bell” F1 — “Concert Bell” puts on quite a performance with a unique flower presentation of multiple clusters of 10 to 12 flowers on an erect columnar stem. Beautiful golden yellow blooms appear earlier than the comparisons. Each plant grows to a very uniform height of 5 to 6 feet and if used as a cut flower, makes an instant, ready-made bouquet from just one cut. It’s praised for durability and sturdiness even through strong storms and winds.
Watermelon “Century Star F1” – A a new seedless watermelon similar to the popular heirloom variety, “Moon and Stars,” “Century” produces a good yield of 10 lb. fruits on long vines. Fruits have attractive spotted rind fruits, and a great tasting, crisp, sweet internal flesh.