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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Cornucopia of Squash

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Q: What comes in many colors and sizes, easy to prepare, tasty, healthy and plentiful now? A: If you said winter squash, you are correct. Winter Squash comes in many colors, orange, yellow, green, red, and vary in size from a few ounces to 15 pounds or more. Q: In case you are wondering, what is Summer Squash? A: Crookneck and zucchini are examples of Summer Squash...

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A Peek Over the Fence

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When horticulturists go on vacation not only do they go to relax and have a good time, but they also seem to find, or make time, to wander into nurseries, botanic gardens or other places, in order to get their "plant fix," said a University of Illinois horticulture educator. "Such is the case with this horticulturist who happened to visit several growers and suppliers to nurseries...

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Pumpkins

Pumpkin for the Holidays

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There are many varieties of winter squash, pumpkin is just one of them. Pumpkin is probably the best known and most used member of the squash family. The most popular way to use pumpkin today is as pie. The pumpkin pie probably originated when some sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey and then baked it in hot coals. Today 99 percent of...

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Squashes

Squash Recipes

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Apple-Acorn Squash (serves 4) 2 acorn squash 1 apple, chopped 1/3 cup raisins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 Tablespoons margarine, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash squash. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Place cut side down on lightly greased cookie sheet or in a baking...

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Wooly Worms and the Weather

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Despite the scientific evidence that discredits any super weather-predicting power for the wooly worm, people are very passionate about them, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Several towns in the United States have their own wooly worm festivals," said Jennifer Schultz Nelson. "Banner Elk, North Carolina, hosts an annual festival complete with a...

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Plant that Tree

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Fall is a great time for planting trees in your landscape, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture specialist. "Large retail nurseries will often let you tag a tree to be dug later," said Richard Hentschel. "Trees are also available at retail garden and nursery centers. A tree that has a trunk diameter of two to two-and-a-half inches is a pretty good-sized tree for the home...

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Flood Resources

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After Saturday's record rainfall of 6.63 inches, Chicagoland continues to face the prospect of more rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ike. The heavy rains have closed roads and flooded basements. Cook County Extension offers a series of flood fact sheets offering information on cleaning flood-soiled clothes to sanitiz...

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Prep for Spring in Fall

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Fall may end this year's gardening season, but it is also the perfect time to begin preparations for next year, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Don't put that trowel and rake away yet," said Martha Smith. "Taking care of a few details now means fewer chores, pests, and problems ne...

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