March Newsletter – Iowa State Extension and Outreach Henry County

March 2024

Upcoming Events Around Henry County

27th – Commercial Pesticide – Ornamental & Turf Pest Control
27th – Region 27 Ames STEM Trip
29th – 4-H Babysitter Clinic
2nd – Introduction to Planning & Zoning for Local Officials
13th – 4-H Regional Clothing Workshop
15th-20th – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week

To find out more information about these upcoming events head to the Henry County Extension website or Facebook page!

Horticulture Headlines

Creating Raised Bed Planters

Wanting to add functional and attractive raised garden beds to your home? Click here for types of raised beds, advantages of having raised garden beds, and the construction of them.


Manage Garden Plants that Break Dormancy Early

Recent warm temperatures across Iowa may cause some concerns for gardeners as they see buds and foliage emerge in February. This puts plants at risk of damage if below-average temperatures return. In this article, you will be advised on what to do when plants break dormancy early. Click here to read full article.

Henry County & 4-H Happenings

SWITCH – Salem Elementary

This month, Erin was off to Salem Elementary School for her SWITCH Program. SWITCH (School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health) is an innovative school wellness initiative designed to support and enhance school wellness programming. With the help of the students pedaling the blender bike, Erin made peach-carrot smoothies! Smoothies are a good snack and an easy way to add your fruits and vegetables for the day.

Peach-Carrot Smoothie Recipe: frozen banana, peaches, and cooked carrots. Add your choice of yogurt, milk, water, or peach juice, and enjoy!

Van Allen 4-H After School Program

We are four weeks into the 4-H After School Program at Van Allen! The students have been diving into the Engineering Design Process. Students first designed their doghouses on paper and then brought those designs to life by making them out of cardboard with the help of their mentors! It was fun seeing how creative these young engineers were and how they overcame obstacles while putting the houses together.