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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Is it Time to Plant those Veggies?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

That perennial question of "How soon can I plant my garden?" likely has been around since the first garden was planted. Part of the answer stems from knowing what kind of vegetables you are going to sow from seed or put in the garden as transplants. There are things you may need to know before you can answer that question for your own garden. Cool season vegetables are those that can...

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What's up with the Weather?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

If plants could think, they probably are wondering, "What is going on? Why am I trying to grow in such difficult and changing weather conditions?" I am sure migratory birds and other wildlife are wondering the same thing. There are groups and organizations that monitor just about everything these days, and right now the National Phenology Network (NPN) has been very busy very early in 2...

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Gypsy Moth Numbers Rise and IDOA Changes Strategies

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Over the past weekend, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) posted a news release with changes for this summer on their tactics for managing Gypsy Moths in parts of Kane, Kendall, Will and LaSalle counties. In past years, the public's involvement has been passive in the sense that IDOA announced spray areas and, at the right time, treatments were made based on trap counts and movement...

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Early April FAQs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Extension has gotten some very seasonal questions arriving at the Master Gardener Help Desk this past week. The phone and email logs seem to suggest we are a lot closer to spring than some long-range weather forecasts, which mention snow in early to mid-April! Here are a few of our frequently asked questions: Q: I am seeing rodent trails all over my backyard and under the bird...

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Keep an Eye on Summer Bulbs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We store our summer bulbs because they are not winter hardy compared to our spring bulbs, which generally are planted in the late summer and fall months so they will bloom for us the following spring. these are also different from those late summer to fall bulbs that also are hardy. Summer bulbs are planted after the danger of any late frosts have passed in the spring and are generall...

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Gardening in the House

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

About now, gardeners are beginning to get the annual itch. Catalogs can keep the urge down, but eventually it comes back, growing stronger and stronger – that absolute need to get your hands dirty. To satisfy the craving, we can do some gardening activities inside right now. If you start your own flower and vegetable transplants, it is time to round up the materials you will need to b...

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Pesticides – What are They?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Pesticides are used every day, but many people are not aware of their properties and that they may even be using them. A pesticide is any chemical (synthetic or natural) that is used to repel, control or kill a pest; this might be weeds, pathogens that cause plant diseases, insects or rodents. The word pesticide represents a wide variety of natural and synthetic products that also are known by...

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