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Beware of the Invasive Teasel Plant

As you travel along Illinois highways this time of the year, you may have seen a tall, dried, spiny plant with huge showy seed heads . You might have even considered taking some seed or seed heads home to plant and use as an accent flower or for use in dried flower arrange...

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The Life of Soil

Posted by Beth Allhands -

"... I cannot conceive of the time when knowledge of soils will be complete. Our expectation is that our successors will build on what has been done, as we are building on the work of our predecessors." - R.S. Smith, Director of the Illinois Soil Survey, 1928 R.S. Smith was right, there is still so much to learn about soil, and scientist are discovering new things all the time...

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5 Ingredient Fix

In looking towards our next hands-on food program in March, enjoy a preview of the 5 Ingredient Fix class. Recipes with five ingredients or less help you save money, spend less time preparing and cooking meals, and, in some cases, use a fewer number of dishes. These recipes do have limits on flavors, since few ingredients are used. Register today at 217.877.6042 or online at...

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Think Spring: Starting Seedlings for Spring Planting

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

What gets a gardener through the dark days of winter? Thinking about spring planting of course! What better way to get prepared for spring planting, than getting some seeds started in preparation. Why start your plants from seed? Because it lowers the cost you would spend for plants, and it offers you a wider selection of plants. It also gives you a head start o...

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Bees and Pesticides in the Garden

" Bees and Pesticides in the Garden " is the title of a recent article by Ric Bessin, Extension Entomol...

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Spring Fever, Have you Gotten it Yet?

Posted by Beth Allhands - Gardening

Spring Fever, have you gotten it yet? February's combination of inclement weather, fragrant bouquets around stores for Valentine's Day, and a 70 minute gain of sunlight from the first of the month to the last are major triggers of this malady. Don't suffer in silence. There are ways to combat even the severest of cases. First, attend nearby garden workshops. On February 25 Macon County...

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Freezer Meals - Made at Home

Have you noticed more hands-on food programming in UI Extension? I have been working to developing programs that involve participants in their learning in a new way. While several hands-on programs have been active, the freezer meal class was a new one. Thanks to our participants who made a freezer meal to take home. If you are familiar with freezer meals, think of taking out a frozen e...

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