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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
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Emilia Arellano
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
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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 Videos

  • Easy to Make Grow Light
    Grow lights provide the energy plants need for growing seedlings or cuttings. They'll also help keep your favorite plants alive during the long winter months. Learn how easy it is to make your own grow light with just 10 feet of PVC pipe and a fluorescent light!

  • Efficient Water Use in the Garden
    Tips on how to save water in your garden

  • Fencing for the Vegetable Garden
    Jon Traunfeld and Ria Malloy from the University of Maryland Extension show off different types of fences you can use in your garden. Pick the right variety of fence to suit your space and keep out deer, rabbits and groundhogs.

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: School Gardens
    Spring will be here before you know it. It will be time to start thinking about getting outside and planting green things! School gardens are a great way to teach kids hands-on science.

  • How to Build a Raised Bed
    Tips on Building a Raised Bed from Grow NYC

  • Protect your Vegetable Garden with Floating Row Covers
    Jon Traunfeld from the University of Maryland Extension explains what a row cover is and how to use it. Row covers are a great tool to keep out insects and other pests from your garden.

  • Spring Garden Planning
    Spring is here, and you're ready to get started outside! But before setting out your seeds and seedlings, have your students map out the garden and plan out the beds. In this video, we will discuss three variables to help you get started: site elements, last year's crops, and plant spacing.

  • Sweet Potato Growing
    Looking for something fun but easy to grow this summer at your school garden? Why not plant sweet potatoes? With some initial weeding and watering, you can let these warm-season crops grow all summer long and into the fall. Sweet Potatoes will work as a protective cover crop, protecting and nourishing your garden soil, in addition to being a healthy and delicious vegetable to harvest in the fall. Watch this video to better understand how this crop grows, and the steps for planting.

  • Tips on Planting Tomatoes
    Jon Traunfeld, University of Maryland Extension Educator demonstrates how to plant two sizes of tomato transplants.

  • University of Illinois Extension: Annual Gardening
    Videos describing how to select and care for annual plants in your garden.

  • University of Illinois Extension: Gardening Basics
    Explore the Basics of Gardening with these videos from the University of Illinois Extension

  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Herbs
    Videos on how to grow herbs in containers and in your garden.

  • University of Illinois Extension: Perennial Gardening
    Adding and maintaining perennials in your garden.

  • University of Illinois Extension: Vegetable Gardening
    32 Helpful Vegetable Gardening Videos from the University of Illinois Extension

  • Which is Best-Seeds or Transplants?
    Knowing which plants work best as seeds or transplants can sometimes be confusing. This segment explains the best time to use either method to grow a successful and bountiful garden.