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Emerald Ash Borer

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has recently been in the local news again. The City of Quincy began having city ash trees treated earlier this month and a comment was made by the applicator that they believed that EAB was already in Quincy. Since that time, I have been in contact with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and at this time as of June 24, 2015 EAB has NOT been confirmed in Quincy. Peopl...

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Growing Degree Days - What?

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I received an email the other day asking about Squash Vine Borer. The individual that contacted me informed me that they had already seen one out and felt that it was early as his squash were just beginning to vine out. Usually squash vine borer is more commonly seen in late June through beginning of July for emergence, but when the weather warms up faster, insect emerge sooner, plants bloom so...

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Probably More Than You Wanted to Know!

Posted by Mike Roegge -

My son Wilson researched and wrote this up. Thought it was interesting. Mike     "If life gives you cabbage, make sauerkraut." - Dale Carnegie German for 'sour cabbage', the art of making sauerkraut was probably first practiced in the Far East thousands of years ago. The builders of the Great Wall of China fermented their cabbage in rice wine to create...

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We've Been Geneetically Altering Plants for Thousands of Years

Posted by Mike Roegge -

The following article was written by my son Wilson, who has been researching some of the crops we grow. I sure didn't know the information presented here, but thought it was an interesting fact to show how we as humans adapt plants to suit our needs. And it's something we've been doing for thousands of years. A Curious Case of Artificial Selection Brassica oleracea is a species...

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Health Benefits of Gardening

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

This morning I was working with a group of kids and helping them learn how to garden. We planted tomatoes, peppers, acorn squash, and sunflower seeds. When I was showing them how to plant, one of the things I told them was "the greatest thing about gardening is that you can get dirty and no one can get mad at you." There is something satisfying about digging in the dirt and putting in plants or...

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