Home and Garden

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Dozens of articles on just about everything you need to know about redecorating or remodeling your home. A great DIY resource!

Do It Yourself Home Repair, Improvement and Remodeling

A large collection of tips, tricks, and tutorials covering a variety of subjects, from appliance care to pet care to woodworking. You can scan a list of subjects or search with keywords. There is also a free monthly newsletter.


Everything for food lovers- cooking videos, recipes, articles, cookbook reviews, and information on wine and restaurants.

The Garden Web

Here's the place to order all those gardening catalogs you love to read! In addition, you'll find lots of useful gardening information, including an extensive list of public gardens in the US by state and type.

Home and Family

From the Iowa State Extension office you will find home and family topics including aging, children, clothing, family relationships, housing, parenting, finances, food, nutrition, and health.

Psychology Today: Parenting Center

Collection of articles about the psychology of parenting. Subjects include adoption, division of labor, fatherhood, grand parenting, child development, communication, child abuse, child neglect, sex education, technology, discipline and more, from Psychology Today Magazine.

Recipe Source

The searchable online archive of recipes currently indexes around 70,000 recipes, including those for restricted diets, kids, special occasions- even treats for your pet.

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Will you plant survive in Iowa's climate? Check the online version of the government publication showing the growing conditions in areas across the USA.

Wine Lover's Page

Learn all about wine with links that include a pronouncing glossary, vineyard weather, food-wine matches, and tasting notes on over 50,000 wines.

Yard and Garden

From the Iowa State Extension you can find how-to tips and gardening basics. Topics include flowers, fruits, houseplant, lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables, herbs, weeds and pests.



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