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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Songs of Insects

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I was on the WGN radio web site checking out the latest happenings on Mike Nowak's Let's Talk Gardening Show and on his latest show he mentioned a book he received, The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger...

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Garden Voices Web Site

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I was tooling around the web today and found this excellent site called Garden Voices . Garden Voices is a daily collection of clippings from gardening blogs and web sites from around the world....

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Manual Mowers Making a Comeback

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Manual or as I used to call them push mowers are making a comeback. American Lawn Mower Company is the only domestic manufacturer of manual mowers in the United States. At one time there were 60 manufacturers. American Lawn Mo...

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Prevent West Nile Virus

Posted by Ron Wolford -

West Nile virus (WNV), which is carried by mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans, has become a common summer time threat in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments have already started the annual monitoring and...

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Rain Garden for Homeowner's Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The City of Chicago announces the 2007 Rain Garden for Homeowner's Program. Help keep Chicago clean and green! This summer Chicago residents have an opportunity to learn how to create a rain garden and to receive rain garden plants at significantly discounted prices through a pilot Rain Garden Assistance Program, supported by the...

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Leafminers in Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Leafminer larvae live inside the leaves of many trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants. They feed on the mesophyll, the spongy and palisade cells between the upper and lower epidermises of the leaf. This environment within the leaf provides a moist area that is protected from at least some predators and...

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Bagworms in Northern Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Well, it is that time of year, which you have been nervously anticipating–dealing with bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis), primarily in the southern and central portions of Illinois. However, once considered an insect pest only south of I-80, bagworms have now been found consistently the past several years north of I-80 and near the Wisconsin border. Is thi...

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Control Bronze Birch Borers

Posted by Ron Wolford -

It is now time to treat for bronze birch borer in southern Illinois. Treat in central Illinois around the middle of the month, and treat in northern Illinois towards the end of this month. The application of imidacloprid (Merit, Imicide, Pointer) as a bark spray or trunk injection provides effective control. Application...

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Complete Horticulture Degree in Chicago

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), in partnership with the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Office of Continuing Education (OCE), now offers an innovative bachelor's degree completion program in horticulture for working professionals and community college students in the Chicago area. If you have thought about getti...

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Posted by Ron Wolford -

There has been a recently reported die-off of bee colonies that has been called serious in some parts of the United States; yet in other areas, beekeepers have not been affected. It has not yet been reported in Illinois, although it has been reported in several midwestern states. This is a threatening situation to beekeepers, as well as those who grow and consume many fruits and vegeta...

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Chicago Master Gardener's Blogs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Gloria is a Chicago Master Gardener volunteer at the Lurie Gardens. She has a great blog called Pollinators-Welcome Blog -A Weblog to Record the Development of a Wildlife Friendly Garden at http://pollinators-welcome.blogspot.com/ . Check out her latest pictures of the bulbs in the Lurie garden. Beth Botts who works f...

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Chicago Rain Barrel Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Chicagoans can purchase a discounted...

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May is American Wetlands Month

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Over one hundred years ago, much of Illinois was covered with some type of wetland. Since then most of the natural wetlands in Illinois have been drained or otherwise destroyed. However, there is now an increased awareness that wetlands perform very necessary functions in the environment, as well as providing an aesthetic appeal, and that there must be a balance and co-existence of wetl...

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Garfield Park Tulip Bulb Giveaway

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Garfield Park Conservatory's 3rd Annual Tulip Bulb Giveaway will take place on Saturday, May 19. Tulip Bulb Giveaway Saturday, May 19 9:00 a.m. until gone Garfield Park Conservatory 300 North Central Park Ave Chicago, IL 60624 Bulbs available on a first come, first serve basis. Fo...

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