CALUMET - Preserving the bounty of home gardens is a theme of the Home Garden Demonstration Field Days, being held at several ISU Research and Demonstration farms this summer.
Plants that store or preserve well were selected because gardening can save a person money. One way to save money on gardening is to extend the harvest. Produce like winter squash, potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes can easily be stored indoors for months.
Other vegetables, such as tomatoes, beets, beans, and pickling cucumbers, can all be easily preserved through canning or freezing.
Unusual flowers, including several cultivars of Rudbeckia, marigolds, cosmos and rose moss, as well as ornamental grasses, will also be on display at the field days, which are free, and open to the public.
The Northwest - Sutherland Home Garden Demonstration Field Day will be held today, beginning at 6 p.m. The farm is located 11 miles north of Cherokee on Highway 59, then a quarter mile east on County Road B62.