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Good Growing

Keeping you growing with good ideas

Getting Ready for Spring

Posted by Kari Houle - Events

If you're like me, I'm itching to get out and work in the garden and see plants come to life and watch my garden grow. But sadly, here it is still nearly the end of January and the weather teases us with thoughts of the warmth to come with temperatures creeping into the 40s and yet we know the cold weather is not yet done. Even though we still have time before being out in the garden with the...

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Putting Small Acres to Work

Posted by Mike Roegge - Events

Putting Small Acreage to Work will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14th at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48 th in Quincy. If you're looking for ideas on how to utilize smaller acreages for income producing activities or for fun and leisure, then this program will provide you with a number of options to consider. Concurrent presentations during the morning will include the topics of:...

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20th Annual Western IL/ NE MO Notill/ Crop Management Conference

We've all heard about the next new herbicide technology that will help with control of glyphosate resistant waterhemp and marestail. Both Monsanto and Dow are introducing new products that contain phenoxy herbicides (2,4-D and dicamba) mixed with glyphosate to be applied to genetically modified crops. These phenoxy herbicides have been altered somewhat from their original to help prevent vapor dri...

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Aphids in High Tunnels

Posted by Mike Roegge -

For those of you growing winter greens in a high tunnel, be wary of aphids infesting your leafy greens, especially spinach and lettuce. These carryover pests from the summer crops can build up populations fairly rapidly in the confines of a tunnel, in the absence of predators. Plus these past few days have been sunny, which increases the temperatures in the tunnel, which increases growing degree d...

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Shade Plants

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Good Growing By: Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension Adams/Brown/Hancock/Pike/Schuyler Counties One of my favorite types of gardens to plan and work in is my shade garden. For me, there are a couple of reasons that shade gardens are great. The variety of plants that are suitable to shady locations is really interesting and it continues to grow each year with new varieti...

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Starting the Year Off Right

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

Is one of your New Years' resolutions to eat healthier? To perhaps grow some of your own food? Growing some of your own food is a fun and rewarding task that provides much more than a fresh tasting juicy tomato or some tender green beans. You'll also get outdoors in the sunshine, enjoy the relaxation of some moderate exercise and generally feel good about yourself through growing and nurturing...

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Growing with Kids and Youth

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I'm always trying to think of good ideas for gardening with kids. Ways to get them interested in gardening when they're young and hope that it carries through as they get older. I remember as a child my Mom allowing me to have a window box with seeds which I merrily planted and then ran off to the neighbor's yard to play leaving her to care for it but it was still a positive influence. And go f...

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Good Growing

Posted by Kari Houle -

With a new year comes new changes.  Mike Roegge, Small Farms & Local Foods Extension Educator, and myself (Kari Houle, Horticulture Extension Educator) would like to welcome you to our new blog Good Growing and hopefully you will continue to follow along with us as we provide you information to keep you growing in your gardens.  Each week will be a different topic including vegetables, locally...

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