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Margaret Burns Westmeyer
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
mburnswe@illinois.edu

Latosha Reggans
Extension Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
lreggans@illinois.edu

Emilia Arellano
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175
arellano@illinois.edu

Ron Wolford
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
rwolford@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

School Garden Resources

School Garden Resources

Gardening How-Tos

  • How to Build a Raised Bed
    Learn how to build a simple, wood-frame raised bed for your garden. University of Maryland Extension's Jon Traunfeld takes you step-by-step through the process, and gives you tips on how to get started growing.

  • How to Build a Salad Table or Salad Box
    Do you love the idea of eating home-grown salads from April through November? There are two types of container gardens that will enable you to produce fresh, flavorful greens close to your backdoor without the need to dig in the soil.

  • How to Grow Annual Flowers
    Includes planting techniques, soil preparation, after planting care, selecting annuals for specific uses and a directory of common annuals.

  • How to Grow Herbs
    Growing and selecting herbs, complete with herb directory, recipes and preservation techniques.

  • How to Grow Perennial Flowers
    Includes information on bed preparation and selecting, planting, transplanting, and dividing perennials plants.

  • How to Grow Successful Container Gardens
    Tips on Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Containers

  • How to Grow Vegetables
    Vegetable directory and how to grow common vegetables.

  • How to Grow Wildflowers and Native Plants
    Native plant basics and habitats. Also included is directory of common native plant species.

  • How to Make Tomato Cages
    Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Tomato Cage

  • How to Make Your Own Seed Tape
    A fun activity to do with children involves simple materials: toilet tissue, glue, and small vegetable seeds to make your own seed tape. And, as an added bonus, you won't have to thin your plants later.

  • How to Take a Soil Sample
    One of the best things a first-time gardener can do is have a soil sample taken. Learn how to properly take a soil sample.

  • Organic Muclhes PDF
    Organic mulches serve several important functions in garden and landscape plantings

  • Planting Dates for Vegetables and Annual Flowers PDF
    Information on planing times for the Cook County area.

  • Soil Testing Labs
    This list is provided for your reference. Call for current fees and services. Request an interpretation of the soil test results. Often labs will provide sample bags prior to you taking a soil sample, if you request sampling information.