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Backyard Greenhouses Extend the Garden Season

Every year my Dad (Ron Simmons) starts many annual plants for our family in his backyard greenhouse. I get most of my flowering annuals, vegetables, and herbs from dad's greenhouse. His plants are amazingly healthy and grow better than any other plants in my gardens. I see more and more hobby greenhouses and hoop-houses popping up in homeowner's backyards. What's the difference? They are both...

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Help Available for All Your Garden Questions!

Do you wonder why your tomato plants have so many yellow leaves or how to deal with those pesky bugs eating your roses? If so, University of Illinois Extension is here to help answer all your gardening questions. For almost 30 years, Master Gardeners have answered home garden questions through their Garden HelpLine located in Peoria. Staffed every weekday morning throughout the growing season,...

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Community & Gift Gardens Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties

Here is a list of public gardens that grow edible food. They include community, gift, school, 4-H, demonstration, and other food gardens. Please let me know if there are more to add. Fulton County YMCA Children's Garden in Canton Catholic Church Gift Garden in Canton Junior Master Gardener Project in Canton Mason County Fairgrounds Junior Master G...

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Grow Vegetables in Containers

Vegetables are most commonly grown in traditional gardens in rows. Large gardens can seem overwhelming, especially during the heat of summer or after a vacation. If you don't have space for that or just want to try something different, here are some others options to try. Yet, a larger garden is sometimes needed for certain crops such as sweet corn. Still, you do not have to plant the garden i...

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Farmers Markets Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties

Here is a list of Farmers Markets that I'm aware of. Please let me know if there are more to add. Fulton County Canton, Saturday mornings from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., May 28 to end of September, Location: Jones Park.

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I love rhubarb! Also known as the pie plant, rhubarb is a very hardy perennial garden vegetable that grows extremely well here. Although considered a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit in pies, tarts, cakes, and sauces. Rhubarb is available in either red or green stalk varieties. A popular green stalk one is Victoria. More is available in red including Canada Red with long, thick, extra swe...

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Don't Raise Mosquitoes in Your Yard

While doing your spring cleanup activities, be sure to look for mosquito breeding sites in your yard. The first step to fighting mosquitoes MUST begin in YOUR backyard. West Nile Virus is most frequently transmitted through the house mosquito. Since it can only fly about 1-½ miles, this mosquito usually breeds and lives in our own backyards. After getting an adequate blood meal, the adu...

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