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Watch Out for Queen Anne's Lace Look-Alikes

At this time of the year, the wildflower, Wild Carrot or Queen Anne's Lace , is in bloom. It is known for its beautiful white compound umbels of flowers that measure 2 to 5 inches across and is the source of our cultivated carrots. People will pick these flowers for...

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Summertime Heat: Wither-or not

Posted by Beth Allhands -

  Many people long for summer during the winter months, but then…the heat waves hit and it's hard not to feel withered. To help you and your living landscape, I've comprised a few tips to help combat the heat and summer blues that hot dry conditions can inflict on your lawn. First, try not to worry too much about your lawn's dry appearance. Most of the cool season grass cultivar...

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Home and Congregate Meals

Posted by Caitlin Huth - Nutrition

As part of the Older Americans Act, those 60 years of age and older are invited to receive food at congregate meal sites, often for lunch. For those 60 years and older who are homebound, home-delivered meals are available. Many programs include individuals under age 60 who have disabilities. See the Resources list below to learn more about local congregate and home-delivered m...

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It's Garden Walk Time!

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

The Garden Walk is back and better than ever in 2017! Enjoy a self-guided tour of seven beautiful Decatur-area gardens from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Explore historic gardens near Millikin University, learn about urban gardening techniques at  The Good Samaritan Inn and check out what the homeowners say is...

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Using Floating Hydroponics to Grow Herbs

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Growing Herbs and Vegetables with Hydroponics Last month I posted about the first passive hydroponic setup I've tested to grow herbs and vegetables indoors. This month, we'll discuss a floating hydroponic system, which is even more simple to assemble!...

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Information on Using Pesticides Safely In the Lawn & Garden

Every year, people have a lot  of questions about identifying pests around the lawn or garden; which pesticide to use or not to use; how to apply it and how much should be applied. Pesticides used correctly are one of the tools a gardener can use to control pests. Candice Hart and Doug Gucker, Extension Educators in Horticulture and Local Foods Systems, have created a series of short v...

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Organic Gardening Basics

Posted by Beth Allhands -

  If you are considering growing an organic garden this year, but unsure how to; there are specific ways to help you succeed. First, what does organic really mean? Organic practices, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture's' National Organic Program, "integrate cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance a...

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