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Rose/Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) emerging in my backyard

How Will the Early Arrival of Monarch Butterflies Impact Populations for 2017?

Last week, (April 20, 2017) a client brought in a sample to the Knox County Extension office. The sample was an unknown plant needing identification. Upon initial inspection, the plant was undoubtedly milkweed, likely common milkweed ( Asclepias syriaca ). However, this couldn't be. My milkweed growing in the backyard in Macomb had not yet emerged, and the sample before me stood six inch...

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Trees Do More Then Just Look Good

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Next Friday, April 28 th is Arbor Day. The day to celebrate trees and to plant trees. Of course in my mind I don't need a specific day to plant trees, but Arbor Day is a great way to bring awareness to the importance of trees in the environment and communities. In past articles, I've written about proper tree planting and the where to's and the how to's. This time I'm going to...

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Dandelion: What makes this weed so great?

"Dad, come look at all the bees!" exclaimed my two young boys last weekend. We were in Quincy visiting my mother-in-law. The kids were playing outside, and they had made a tremendous discovery. Dandelions covered in bees. Dandelions ( Taraxacum officianle ) are often regarded as the bane of our lawns and gardens. Dandelion's seed dispersal and resilience to all manner of controls...

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Building a Butterfly Oasis

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I feel like I blinked and April came flying around the corner. The good thing is that the days are getting longer and gardening season has begun! I have so many things that I want to do in my garden right now but it's been so rainy that I'm still waiting for things to dry out a bit, so it does give me more time for garden plotting and planning. In a past article I had talked about necta...

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