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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

A Surprise in the Toilet

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In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, a resident came home from a three week vacation and made a startling discovery in their toilet....

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Stowaway Squirrel Grounds Jet

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I have over the last 23 years received a lot of calls about squirrels. I heard about squirrels in my attic, squirrels in my birdfeeder and squirrels digging up my bulbs, but the squirrel who found his way into the wiring of a jet is a new one for me. Sadly, the squirrel was killed after he was captured....

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Smelly Plant at Lincoln Park Conservatory

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The plant that smells like rotting meat is blooming again at Lincoln Park Conservatory . What smells is the Devil's Tongue " Amorph...

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Soybeans: Breakfast of Champions?

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Breakfast of champions? That would be a soy protein-packed, low-fat, high-fiber cereal that meets the requirements for three different FDA health claims and leaves you feeling full so you won't be tempted to eat again until lunch. University of Illinois scientist Soo-Yeun Lee has cooked up a "recipe" for just such a cereal, one that's passed the taste test of...

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Mysterious Illness Killing Bees

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A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Researchers are scrambling to find the cause of the ailment, called...

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Late Fall Sunset at the Ag School

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After a long day of planting 400 bulbs during our very warm late fall. I was walking out of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and happened to catch this beautiful sunset....

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Frog in China Sings Like a Bird

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First came word that a rare frog ( Amolops tormotus ) in China sings like a bird, then that the species produces very high-pitched ultrasonic sounds. Now scientists say that these concave-eared torrent frogs also hear and respond to the sounds. The findings, to appear in the March 16 issue of Nature, represent the...

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GreenNet Mini-Grants Program

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What is the purpose of this program? This GreenNet mini-grants program is supported by Prince Charitable Trusts to help urban gardeners working in publicly accessible green spaces receive funding for gardening materials and activities. What is needed to qualify for a grant?...

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Yellowjackets Gone Wild!

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Have you ever had a problem with yellowjackets around your house. Maybe you had to get rid of a small nest. Well take a look at the surprise Dave and Diane Johnson of Norfolk, Nebraska found when they were remodeling their home....

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Greencorps Job Recruitment

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greencorps Chicago's Job Training Program is recruiting for 2007 crew members. Chicago citizens over 18 years of age should contact (312) 744-8691 to sign up for the February 14th Open House to learn about this paid training program in landscaping, horticulture and other environmental services. Greencorps Chicago offers workshops, plant materials, technical assi...

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Nancy Kreith: New President of GreenNet

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I just wanted to let everyone know that Nancy Kreith, Extension Program Coordinator was recently elected President of GreenNet: Chicago's Greening Network . GreenNet members include Openlands, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago's Green City Market, the Chicago Park District, Friends of the Park, City of Chicago's Greencorps...

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National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

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Join educators, garden designers, and children's garden advocates for the American Horticultural Society's 15th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, "Widening the Circle," hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Public Policy Programs in...

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Perennial Plant of the Year

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The Perennial Plant Association's Perennial Plant of the Year Program promotes the use of perennials. Four perennials are selected by the Perennial Plant of the Year Committee from an extensive list of nominations made earlier by PPA members. Each year members cast their vote for one of the four selected plants with the following attributes:...

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Rain Garden Network

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The Rain Garden Network located in Chicago works to bring simple, proven and inexpensive solutions to local stormwater issues for property owners and municipalities, including homeowners, schools, community gardens, environmental organizations, churches and public & private companies and corporations. Rain Garden...

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American Community Gardening Association's Conference

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The American Community Gardening Association's 28th Annual Conference, Beantown Digs Community Gardens , will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on August 9-12, 2007. The AGCA's Annual Conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad, who are engaged in all a...

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E-Answers: Online Resource for Horticulture Information

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Looking for a source of accurate, up-to-date horticulture information. E-Answers will allow you to search over 250,000 pages of information from universities across the United States E-Answers is a dynamic, online resource that brings more than 250,000 pages of university information and education into your home or office – when an...

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USDA: Soil Education Website

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The United States Department of Agriculture has an excellent website with a variety of links to soil education information. Highlights include the following: Soil Facts Soil Science Glossary State Soils Soil Lesson Plans Soil Biology Worms Soil Songs Soil Qu...

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April 2007: National Gardening Month

Posted by Ron Wolford -

National Garden Month (NGM) is one of many ways in which National Gardening Association promotes gardening. This annual celebration is a medium through which businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals collectively promote gardening. Hundreds of local NGM-related programs and activities around the country each help to transform Amer...

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