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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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No Cook Meals

In looking towards our next hands-on food program in May, enjoy a preview of the No Cook Meals class. If you want to join the in-person class, register at 217.877.6042 or online at by May 18. Going into summer, when the temperature outside goes higher and higher, cooking with your oven or stove can make...

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Product Selection for Pest Control

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Last week we discussed how to go about properly identifying a pest in your landscape or garden. Once you've identified that pest problem in the garden, the next step is to create your management plan and choose a potential product to control that pest, if necessary. What you may actually find though, is th...

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Proper Pest ID

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Are pests and diseases reeking havoc on your plants indoors or outside? It's bound to happen every once in awhile, but before you start to treat the problem, it's important to figure out what the exact problem is. The definition of a pest is an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing, a nuisance. For a plant, this could mean that a pest is an insect that is fe...

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Recycle Your Grass Clippings

Our grass clippings are too valuable to waste! When left on the lawn, properly mowed grass clippings filter down to the soil and decompose rapidly,usually within a few weeks. During the breakdown process, the clippings feed soil organisms, recycle plant nutrients, and contribute organic matter to the soil. These are all great things for our lawns. Research tells us that grass clippings...

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