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Planting Calendar for Iowa


• The first week or so of the month, plant directly in the ground easy, fast-growing annuals that like cool weather, including bachelor's buttons, larkspur, and California poppy.
• Plant bareroot trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant container-grown trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season flowers, such as pansies and snapdragons.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
• Plant seeds of cool-season vegetables, such as lettuces, spinach, greens, radishes, and more.
• Plant those herbs that like cool weather, including parsley and cilantro. You can also plant seedlings of perennial herbs, such as oregano, sage, and thyme, outdoors now.
• Plant peas from seed when lilac leaves are as big as a mouse's ear, according to folk wisdom.
• Plant potatoes on Good Friday, also according to folk wisdom.
• Plant grass seed and lay sod.
• Plant seedlings of perennial flowers.
• Plant starts of perennial edibles, such as strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, and asparagus.
• Divide perennials flowers that bloom in late spring, summer, or fall.
• The last week or so of the month, start seeds indoors of fast-growing annual flowers, if you want to give them a head start. (Otherwise, start them outdoors later directly in the ground.) These include sunflowers, cosmos, nasturtiums, zinnias, and hollyhocks.

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ICPL to Host Community Seed Share

Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!

Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you've saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.

The event is free and open to all - you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

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Community Garden Plot registration opens April 3

Sign up for your community garden plot on Monday, April 3 and enjoy homegrown produce.

The Iowa City Council identified community gardens as a top priority, and ICPR is excited to announce the addition of two new locations for this growing season at Reno and Kiwanis Parks. This year, there is a new benefit for returning garden plot renters. Patrons who rented a garden plot in 2016 will have the opportunity to reserve the same plot in advance of the open registration. Forms were sent out to previous renters in February with a return deadline of March 20 to save their spot.

The 2017 Iowa City Community Garden Plot program open registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, located at 220 South Gilbert Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and interested gardeners are encouraged to arrive early on the first day of registration. The Recreation Center building will open at 6 a.m. Numbers will be available on the lower level of the building near the customer service desk. Staff will call those numbers in order beginning at 7:30 a.m. These numbers are to hold your place in line only; they do not represent your garden plot number assignment. Registrants will be required to sign a lease agreement to maintain their plot through Oct. 1.

Garden locations, plot info and fees:

Chadek Green Park, 1920 Friendship Street

  • Fifty six (56) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Kiwanis Park, 1519 Teg Drive

  • Twenty (20) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Reno Street Park, 516 Reno Street

  • Sixteen (16) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-resident

Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive

  • Thirty seven (37) 10' x 50' plots
  • $25.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $30.75 rental fee for non-residents

  • Sixty eight (68) 10' x 23' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

For more information, visit www.icgov.org/gardenplots.

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H&H Home Builders

H&H Home Builders“Certified Green Builders of Iowa”

H&H Home Builders, your certified green builders of Iowa have been constructing Energy Star Compliant homes since bursting onto the building landscape in 1995 as "North Liberty’s Premier Builder." H&H Home Builders feel very fortunate to be a vital part of quality, growth and development in our area and would like to offer their services to you as part of your next quality building experience. H&H designs and builds high quality custom homes in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids Corridor at reasonable rates. "The Name Means Quality"

Our Commitment to Green Building:

H&H Custom Home Builders have constructed Energy Star Compliant homes since we burst onto the building landscape in 1995 as ‘North Liberty’s Premier Builder’. Since then, Energy Star Guidelines have evolved into what we consider today as the pinnacle of efficiency and we, as builders of ‘green’ homes, have kept pace with those guidelines and have adapted them into each home that we build. H&H Home Builders will build you what is known today as a ‘green’ home, but what has always been lesser known as a ‘sustainable’ home. Sustainable homes are quality built so that they last not just decades, but are built to maintain value, encouraging pride of ownership for generations to come. An H&H ‘green’ Home uses raw materials in a responsible way, using fewer resources, resulting in the use of less energy.

As the standards continue to get tighter, we too will strive to meet and exceed those guidelines; our commitment to you as your builder. We will continue to research and utilize quality building products that are made from recycled and renewable materials. H&H Home Builders offer free consultations and design ideas, various lots to choose from, customization options, and a one year warranty on all new construction. Our homes will always be revered as ‘Quality’ and ‘Valuable’ The choice is yours to make. Let us help you design quality into your next home building experience.

H&H has been featured in Room Magazine & Better Homes and Gardens

Home BuildersH & H Home Builders
North Liberty, Iowa

Randy Hahn
Mobile: 319.936.2030

Gerald Hingtgen

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Granite Transformations

Granite transformationsGranite Transformations will take your kitchen or bathroom from outdated to outstanding in as little as one day! Our engineered slabs are permanently-sealed and manufactured from the world’s finest Granite, Quartz or Recycled Glass and come with the industry’s best lifetime warranty. In a few days, our professional team will install new countertops, a backsplash, as well as reface your cabinets, giving your home a brand new look. We accomplish all of this without the messy, time-consuming demolition associated with a typical remodeling project.  Our products are heat, scratch and stain resistant – never need sealing. 

Our surfaces are perfect for kitchen and bathroom countertops, vanities, tub surrounds, shower walls, floors and fireplaces.  We also offer gorgeous glass mosaic tiles that can be customized to your specific decor and add a splash of color and sparkle to the space you are updating.  In addition, our signature glass tile collections of Metropolis and Liberty are hand-cut and handmade, highlighting the natural variations in color, as well as slight irregularities in thickness and cutting angle.

Cabinet Refacing by Granite Transformations can be completed in just days and can help alleviate the stress and headaches of a traditional remodel. Our dedicated and professional installers measure, craft and install custom cabinet doors, drawers and hardware to provide a beautiful looking kitchen, without the mess of a remodel.  Cabinet refacing will save you time, money and aggravation, allowing you to be back in your home in two-to-four days (instead of two-to-four weeks, or more).

Extremely Durable & Amazingly Easy.

Our granite fits right over your surfaces to give a waterproof, stain and heat resistant finish. It has the look and feel of natural granite but requires no special cleaning or maintenance.

No fuss

Each granite countertop is custom made to fit your requirements

No mess

There’s no need to remove your existing counters and all fabrication is done at our factory.

No comparison

Our granite countertops will add sparkle to your kitchen and give it a whole new look.

Done in a day and beautiful for life!

We invite you to visit our beautiful Showroom. 

Granite Transformations of Cedar Rapids
1717 Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA. 52233

Call for a FREE in-Home Consultation

Randy's Carpets & Interiors

Randy's carpetsRandy's Carpets & Interiors has been serving Eastern Iowa for over 34 years.

We offer eco-friendly products in each of our flooring categories—carpet, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, and tile and stone.

You want flooring to complement your unique style as well as the function of the room. Throwing dinner parties? Curling up with the Sunday funnies? Dog sitting for the neighbors, yet again? Keep in mind how you will use the room.

What personality are you trying to create? Smart and sassy? Cool and chic? Moody and mysterious? Maybe you already have some décor to work around, such as your mate’s favorite plaid recliner. Now’s the time to open the door to possibilities (and maybe make some décor updates).

Services - Your satisfaction always comes first


We offer several options for financial assistance. Please contact us for information.

In-home Measurement

Not sure of quantities and supplies? Ask about our in-home measurement services. When we go to the home and measure we are able to see exactly what we will be doing. Very few times are we surprised with extra work. Plus we do our estimates at no charge. We can usually get an estimate back in 3 days. Our process begins by going to the home to measure, diagram, look at the existing floors, determine the work that we will need to do. If there are any questions at that time we are able to determine when subfloor repairs etc. may need to be done. When we send an installer to the home we are able to tell him what to expect, what he will need to do and that makes the entire process run smooth and efficient. We service Eastern Iowa. Please contact us for assistance.


With our many years of industry experience installing flooring, we offer not only expertise but peace of mind—you know the job will be done right the first time. To schedule installation services, please contact us.

Interior Design Consultation

Our designers work with you to create a space that expresses your taste and lifestyle. On everything from flooring and cabinet recommendations to window treatments and colors, our goal is to help make your house a uniquely beautiful home. Please contact us to set up a design consultation.

Floor & Carpet Cleaning

We use the industry’s most advanced cleaning system to remove ground-in soil and revive the appearance of your carpet and hard surface. Additional services include deodorizers and our stain-resistant protective coatings. To schedule a carpet cleaning, please contact us.

Randy's Carpets & Interiors- Coralville

401 2nd Street
Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 354-4344
Fax: (319) 354-8753

Store Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Randy's Carpets and Interiors

5454 Center Point Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1400

Store Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Surroundings Interiors

SurroundingsThe focus of our business is your surroundings and how you want to feel and live within them. Whether you are hoping to do a special window treatment, find a comfy sofa, add a beautiful new kitchen, or build your dream house, our staff is ready to guide you in any interiors project.

Products and Services

Surroundings Interiors is a full service interior design business located in Iowa City, IA.  The qualified and experienced interior designers there can assist you with your next project from start to finish. 

At the 331 Kirkwood Ave address you will find a retail showroom that is open Monday thru Friday 10-5.  Sofas, bedroom and dining furniture, accessories and gifts are packed into the beautifully appointed store. Next door is a complete design studio open to you by appointment. There you can work with Jean, Renee, or Lori to select fabrics, flooring, cabinetry, floor coverings and more from thousands of samples.

Browse our Galleries

Here you will see photos of some of our projects. Note that there is a big variety of styles, reflective of the various clients whose ideas we interpret.  Check out the attention to detail, whether formal or casual, traditional or contemporary. You might want to check us out on Houzz.com as well.

Surroundings Interiors
331 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

via www.designsurroundings.com