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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Mayor Emanuel to Announce Chicago Urban Ag Policy Proposal

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On Tuesday, July 26 , City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be holding a press conference to announce his Urban Agriculture policy proposal for the City. The event will be held at Growing Power's Chicago headquarters , located at...

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To Spray or Not to Spray

Posted by Ron Wolford -

To spray or not to spray may be the question of the season in the garden, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Yes, it's a parody on a famous saying, but perhaps it will cause you to stop and think before grabbing a bottle of pesticide," said Martha Smith. "Integrated Pest Management stresses monitoring your landscape and keeping a keen eye out for pro...

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A Social Media Call to Action for Extension Educators

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jim Langcuster of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says,"There is a place for Extension educators in the new 21st century information order, but only if we transform ourselves into engaged, networked educators – people who not only inspire their clients but also help them learn and adapt within this radically new world and flattened knowledge landscape. We must become fully engaged,...

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Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetles: Q and A

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Japanese beetles have extended their territory in 2011. Many can simply look outside at their linden, elm, roses, etc. to see that these small metallic green and bronze-colored beetles have ventured into virgin territory. Producers are also noting their advance in 2011 as the beetles chew on row crops and specialty crops which leads to some questions. Question One: What does the...

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Some Facts about Organic Gardening

Posted by Ron Wolford -

People who are investigating organic gardening often do so because they wish to garden while providing healthier food for their family and protecting the environment and their communities, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "There is a lot of confusion about what it means to garden organically," Nancy Pollard said. "The term organic gardening was first used i...

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Evergreen Dieback Problems

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Many evergreen trees are experiencing needle dieback this year. According to Rhonda Ferree, extension educator in horticulture, the cold, wet spring has brought out many tree diseases that are causing significant damage on evergreens throughout central Illinois. In particular, spruce and pine trees show needle browning and dieback. Spruce trees have small needles arranged along the stem...

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