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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Master Gardener Reports on Monarch Butterflies

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Catherine Murphy reports on Monarch Butterflies in downtown Chicago: Just wanted to let you all know that there are a zillion monarch butterfly chrysalis on State Street downtown! They are at State and Lake in the little garden in front of that TV station. If you look on the palm that looks like a purple yucca you can see a lot of little green chysali.Th...

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Spectacular Flower Photo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I take a lot of pictures as I travel through the neighborhoods of Chicago. I take numerous pictures of gardens, hoping that I get a couple that are pretty good. I am not a good photographer, so when I find a spectacular plant photo , I like to share it....

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New Coneflowers are Costly

Posted by Ron Wolford -

There's a reason why new coneflower cultivars cost more than older cultivars, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "To produce enough plants to meet the market's demand for the new cultivars, the plants a...

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Pesticides in the Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hand-in-hand with the gardening season come attacks by pests, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The question often becomes 'to spray or not to spray,'" said Martha Smith. "You should ask yourself that question before grabbing a bottle of pesticide. Should you spray or i...

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Lawn Repair Time

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Following a few tips can make repairing a damaged lawn more successful, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Late August to mid-September is a good time to repair a damaged lawn," said James Schuster. "Grasses for northern climates like cool air temperatures for best growt...

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Slugs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Slugs belong to a group of animals known as mollusks and resemble leaches. Although somewhat selective, slugs feed on a wide variety of living plants and feed extensively on certain fungi and decaying plant matter. Slugs slide along by means of a long,...

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Resources for Insects and Spiders

Posted by Ron Wolford -

1. New Posters from the IDNR Division of Education Habitats are Homes and Illinois' Threatened and Endangered Species are the latest additions to the flora and fauna poster series from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Division of Education. Each 24" x 36" poster is two-sided. The front of the Habitats are Home...

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New Horticulture and Design Courses Offerings in Chicagoland

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Registrations for Fall Courses are open and Horticulture and Design courses are available for you! The University of Illinois has started a new degree completion program in Horticulture in the Chicagoland market. Starting just a year ago, Greg Pierceall, a Professor of Landscape Architecture, joined the University of Illinois faculty to assist in launching this new degree comple...

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Pots from Cow Poo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Have you heard about the cow pots that are made from composted cow manure. I was watching the Larry King Show yesterday and they had a gentleman on who hosts a Discovery Channel show called " Dirty Jo...

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Have Plant Problems Diagnosed at Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Need to have a plant problem diagnosed? The University of Illinois Plant Clinic at Urbana is now open for the 32 nd year to diagnose field crop and horticultural plant problems. The Plant Clinic, open through September 15, specializes in identifying disease problems, nematodes, insects and insect injury, and weeds. Chemical residue testing is not available. The lab ca...

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Keep Tomatoes Healthy

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Tomatoes are a mainstay crop for gardeners in Illinois. The dry, warm June weather was nearly ideal for plant growth and good, clean foliage development, as well as early fruit set. Fortunately diseases, and to an extent insect problems, have been slow to occur under these conditions in most home gardens in central and southern Illinois. However recent periods of rainfall, heat and high humidit...

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