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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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Get to Know your Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Before you purchase a Christmas tree this year, take a little time to research tree characteristics like color, length of needles, aroma and needle retention. The following Christmas Tree species or types are sold and grown in the United States. Eastern Red Cedar – Junirperus vigi...

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Select the Perfect Christmas Tree this Holiday Season!

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Picking out the perfect tree can be a fun, memory-filled family tradition," said Ron Wolford. Wolford offers the following tips to help select a fresh tree for the home and keep it looking its best....

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Arbor Day Resources 2016

Posted by Ron Wolford - Trees

Arbor Day is celebrated in Illinois on April 29, 2016. Across the United States Arbor Day is mostly a spring event, but some states celebrate Arbor Day in other months . The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was started by Ju...

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A Couple of Reliable Gardening Resources

I just finished the February Garden Calenda r for the University of Illinois Extension website. I have been doing the calendar since 2012. A couple of the resources I use for compiling the calendar are the USDA Partners and Extension Map and Extensi...

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Keep Your Poinsettia Alive

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season. There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. They come in a myriad of colors like red, white, pink and burgundy. Keeping your poinsettia healthy during the holiday season in dry indoor environments can be...

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Christmas Tree Care Safety Tips

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually. To...

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Try Worm Composting this Winter

Posted by Ron Wolford - Composting

Winter provides an opportunity to create compost for later use in your garden, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. " Worm composting is an easy way to turn your kitchen scraps into compost for your indoor and outd...

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