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August Gardening To-Do List

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

August is right around the corner and by the time you're reading this it may well already be here. There are still gardening activities that we can do in August, one of which is relaxing and enjoying our gardens! Continue to water all your plants especially when we aren't getting any rain. Drought puts stress on plants and even large mature trees benefit from supplemental irrigation. If...

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Feeding Caterpillars and Butterflies

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

The other day a friend posted a picture on Facebook from a walk showing a young Monarch caterpillar happily munching away on some milkweed. I immediately ran out to my little patch of common milkweed ( Asclepias syriaca ) in hopes that I would see some Monarch caterpillars enjoying a plant feast. Sadly no such luck. Of course what is my luck is finding a big Tomato Hornworm eating away o...

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Become a Master Naturalist

In my current role as a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, I have the pleasure of working with Master Gardener volunteers who share a love of the outdoors and a willingness to give back to our communities. U of I Extension is building a new group of volunteers that complements our Master Gardener program. This new group of volunteers is called Mater Natural...

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