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Help! My Lilac didn't bloom and other shrub blooming anamolies

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

In the spring have you ever seen a lilac bush and for some reason maybe there are only blooms at the very top and the sides are barren of flowers or maybe wondered why the poor lilac didn't bloom at all? Maybe the same thing happened to a forsythia bush or any number of other spring blooming shrubs. Usually the likely cause is mistimed pruning. It happens, either we get the pruning bug...

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Eat Fresh, Eat Local

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

There is a song that had been performed by Jerry Garcia (and others) that has some lyrics that described a staple part of the diet for Midwesterners for many years. From the song "Shady Grove" comes the following: Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall. Fifty years ago, that made perfect sense since we didn't have the ability to transfer food around the globe. What would have bee...

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Tree Fruit Production and Pruning

Posted by Mike Roegge -

Don't forget that we'll be providing an opportunity for you to learn about apple and peach growing and pruning this weekend. Saturday, beginning at 9am, at Edgewood Orchards, the Zellerman brothers will talk about production practices and demonstrate proper pruning methods for several tree fruit crops. Edgewood is located just east of Interstate 72. Turn east on Columbus Road and follow the s...

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What's an Invasive Plant & Alternative Options

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

How familiar are you with invasive plants? What exactly is an invasive plant? By definition according to the Illinois Invasive Species Council an invasive plant is "any species that is not native to that ecosystem, including its seeds, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm...

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Gateway Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Posted by Mike Roegge -

This upcoming conference combines the Ill Small Fruit/Strawberry School with the Southern IL Vegetable School. The dates are Feb. 10-11 and will be held in O'Fallon, IL (across river from St. Louis). It's an excellent program that will offer many folks an opportunity to learn more management techniques about the food they grow. following is the link for the program and registration.   https://web....

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Putting Small Acres to Work

If you've ever thought about trying a new enterprise on a few acres of ground, you need to consider attending an event that we hope will provide you with some excellent ideas to consider. Many folks are investigating opportunities for some extra income on a few acres while others are simply looking for an interesting hobby. Either way, this workshop will provide you with several potential ideas to...

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