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Sarah Fellerer
Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610
fellerer@illinois.edu

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Gardening Courses, Webinars, and Resources

U of I Extension Four Seasons Gardening YouTube videos:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEYBGqFXZS6Sn37n1mVcY1g

National Cooperative Extension                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you checked out the national Cooperative Extension’s Webinar listing service,  Learn.eXtension.org this month? There are a number of Webinars (upcoming and recorded) on a variety of topics that Extension Master Gardeners might be interested in. See if one of the opportunities listed might appeal to your educational interests, especially one of these sessions:

North Central Consumer Hort IPM Programs

These learning modules are based on webinars held in 2012 and 2013 provided by the North Central Consumer Hort IPM Working Group and the North Central IPM Center. Cost is $10 per module. We anticipate most participants will complete a module in 3 hours of self-paced time. A printed certificate can be produced for EMG or anyone completing the modules. Each involves videos, readings and questions. Recognition of 3 hours of continuing education for each module.

Growing Shade Trees with IPM: http://campus.extension.org/enrol/index.php?id=783
Growing Squash with IPM: http://campus.extension.org/enrol/index.php?id=947
Growing Tomatoes with IPM : http://campus.extension.org/enrol/index.php?id=749

 

The Study of Plants

A general botany course is Wayne's World-http://waynesword.palomar.edu/bot115.htm

Fruits
Wikipedia explains different fruits and structures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit

V Plants- A Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region http://www.vplants.org/plants/guide/

Dichotomous Key
This online key is great for identification of trees. http://oregonstate.edu/trees

Online Botany Course for Oregon MGs http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/botany/

USDA Hardiness Zone map www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html

Soils Links

Inherent Characteristics
For a Horticultural summary of soil properties, go to the Texas A & M site at http://generalhorticulture.tamu.edu/lectsupl/Soil/soil.html#page67

Soil Science Basics
For basic soil science information visit the PowerPoint presentations from U. of Wisconsin. Includes a fertilizer calculator. http://www.soils.wisc.edu/extension/fertilitybasic.php

Fertilizers
View the Texas A & M site for an excellent discussion on plant nutrients. http://generalhorticulture.tamu.edu/lectsupl/Nutrient/nutrient.html#page74

To learn how to improve garden soil fertility visit this Oklahoma State site.http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2659/F-6007web.pdf

Composting
Visit the University of Illinois Urban Programs Resource site to learn all the ins and outs of composting. http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/homecompost/intro.html

Soil Testing
For a list of soil testing companies nearby visit- http://urbanext.illinois.edu/soiltest/

To learn about soil sampling- visit the Illinois Soils Testing Associations website at http://www.soiltesting.org/

Fertilizer Calculations
For help with calculating the amount of fertilizer to apply to lawns or trees, visit these sites:
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/lawntalk/fertilizer_schedule_for_home_lawns.cfm

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/lawnchallenge/lesson4b.html

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/lawns/hgic1201.html

Illinois Soils
To learn about Illinois soils visit- http://www.illinoissoils.org/Links_Files/Understanding%20Soils_Final2.pdf

Soil 101: Intro to Soils  North Carolina Extension  http://www.cvent.com/events/soil-101-introduction-to-soil-online-/event-summary-9ca01fc0ee194131b4bd580e097c692b.aspx

Plant Diseases Links

Glossary
For an excellent illustrated glossary of plant pathology terms, refer to the American Phytopathological Society's website- http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/illglossary/Pages/default.aspx

University of Illinois Plant Clinic
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/plantclinic/

Plant Disease Fact Sheets
Reports on Plant Disease from U of I (see manual)
http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/~vista/prd.html

Publications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
http://pddc.wisc.edu/fact-sheet-listing-all/

For fact sheets from Cornell visit- http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/factsheets.html

This site from Morton Arboretum gives advice on tree problems-environmental, diseases and insects. http://www.mortonarb.org/tree-plant-advice.html

Plant Disease Diagnostic Sites
Check out the University of Illinois Hort Answers website and search by plant type or by problem. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/default.cfm

Insect Links

Basic Course Links
The basic Entomology course at Purdue has sections on classification of insects and characteristics plus much more. Visit the web site at: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/landscapelab/mg/mgbug_resource.html

The Entomology course for North Carolina Master Gardeners is a good resource: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/ornamentals/MasterGardener/

A very good course for Kentucky Master Gardeners: http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/master_gardener/entbasics/introduction/introduction.shtml

General Insect Resources
The National Plant Diagnostic Network has created this website to give Master Gardeners information about new exotic insects and diseases. http://wiki.bugwood.org/NPDN-MG-Training

Natural Enemies of Insects
The " Master Gardener Research Program" page by Purdue University and the Illinois Natural History Survey contains information and photos on natural enemies; vegetable, landscape and turf pests. http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/outreach/eduresources/good/guysframes.htm

Residential, Structural and Community Pests
North Carolina State maintains a web site of insect pests. Insect fact sheets and photos are classified by plant category.
Link to: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/index.htm

Bees
For information on the new citizen scientist network in Illinois to educate the public about pollinators- http://beespotter.mste.uiuc.edu/

Emerald Ash Borer
For information and webinars on EAB plus other insects pests like Asian Long Horned Beetle or Viburnum leaf beetle visit this site and also check out the EAB University. http://emeraldashborer.info

Integrated Pest Management Links

National Pesticide Information Center- information on all types of pesticides, their modes of action, effect on environment, safety etc.
http://npic.orst.edu

For University of Illinois Extension Illinois Pesticide Review website visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ipr/index.html

Annuals and Perennials Links

Database
An excellent database with photos- of all ornamental plants: http://plantfacts.osu.edu/

Design Considerations
For more information on specific flowering plant societies see the Purdue University listing of plant societies at http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/GO_sites.html

Growing Annual Flowers
For more information on some of the basic annual flowers see the University of Illinois Urban Extension web site on annuals at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/annuals/index.html

For more information on the All-America Selections program and winners visit http://www.all-americaselections.org/

Growing Perennial Flowers
For more information on some of the basic perennial flowers see http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/perennials/index.html

To learn more about shade gardening go to-http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1428.html

Bulbs
To learn how to force bulbs for indoor beauty in the winter visit-http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1116.html

Chicagoland Grows Plant Introduction Program
http://www.chicagolandgrows.org

University of Illinois Videos
Videos on annuals, roses, and container gardening- http://urbanext.illinois.edu/video/

Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines Links

For a collection of consumer tree care guides by the International Society of Arboriculture link to http://www.treesaregood.com

For a key to selecting trees for the landscape, visit the U of I Urban Extension Website http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/treeselect/index.html

For specific information on urban trees and shrubs, visit this site- http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/uts

For specific information on evergreens try the Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series (SULIS) from University of Minnesota. http://www.sustland.umn.edu/maint/evergreen.html

To watch video clips on pruning from U of I educators visit https://www.youtube.com/uiextension

For plant and seed sources as well as plant information and pictures visit the Plant Info Site for Minnesota: http://plantinfo.umn.edu

USDA Plants Database http://plants.usda.gov

Lawn Links

Turfgrass Basics
Visit this University of Illinois Extension lawn website for lots of good basic information.
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/lawntalk

Weeds in Turfgrass
For pictures of common weeds in the Midwest visit the University of Illinois Weed Science website. http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/weedid.htm

Try this Penn State site for weeds: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/uc189.pdf

Fungal Lawn Diseases
This site has excellent images and descriptions of common turf diseases. http://cropsoil.psu.edu/turf/extension/factsheets/managing-diseases

For a slick calculator for lawn fertilizer
http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/fertcalc/Fertilization%20calc.

Fruits Links

Planning the Small Fruit Garden
See the Penn State University Small Scale Fruit Production Guide at http://ssfruit.cas.psu.edu/

Tree Fruits in the Home Orchard or Landscape
See the tree fruit production guide from Penn State University at http://tfpg.cas.psu.edu/

Fruit Tree Pest Control
Midwest Tree Fruit Pest Management Handbook
http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id93/id93.htm

How to Espalier an Apple Tree http://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/espalier_apple_tree

Vegetable Links

Growing Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins with IPM    

       Plant Selection, Growing and Management           Rhoda Burrows        
       https://umconnect.umn.edu/p15818242/              24 minutes

       Diseases of Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins     Michelle Grabowski 
      
https://umconnect.umn.edu/p34281089/              28 minutes

      Insect Pests of Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins Celeste Welty
     
https://umconnect.umn.edu/p80155676/              25 minutes

Growing Guide
Cornell's home vegetable growing guide- http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene0391.html

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/NewCrops/introsheets/heirloom.pdf

Herbs
For growing herbs in the home garden, including history, growing, drying and culture visit this West Virginia site. http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/lawn_garden/herbs

Another great site for learning about herbs comes from the U. of Minnesota http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/m1223.html

Varieties
Varieties for the Midwest from U. of Minnesota-
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1425.html

The Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners Citizen's science program: http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu

Compiled by Monica David, Illinois Master Gardener Coordinator
2-2013