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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Spring Bulbs

Start next year's flower display this fall. This is the time to set out the spring flowering bulbs. It seems like a lot of work now, but after the long winter you will really enjoy those blooms. In addition to the standards, such as tulips and daffodils, try some of the other small flowering bulbs. For example, anemones, snowdrops, and winter aconite all bloom very early and have especially be...

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Fall Lawn Care

Will your yard lawn survive this summer's drought? "Unfortunately I see too many lawns that look dead instead of dormant this summer", says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. If the grass doesn't tug when you pull on it and you can't find white roots when you dig it up, it is probably dead. Many lawns have large dead patches in them....

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Edible Flowers

Do you want to "spice" up your meals? Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says that she sometimes brighten a dull looking salad by adding edible flowers. Or, "sometimes I just eat flowers right out in the garden". Ferree emphasizes one very important thing that you need to remember – "Not every flower is edible". "In fact, samplin...

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Master Gardener Training Planned

Calling all gardeners! Master Gardener training begins January 15 th Master Gardeners are a special group of people who all have a common interest – a love of gardening and nature and the desire to share that knowledge with others. The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a very successful University of Illinois Extension Horticulture program. The progra...

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August 3rd in my garden

I finally found some time (and somewhat cooler weather) to clean up my gardens. I removed several wheelbarrow loads of weeds and excess vegetation. I worked 4 mornings and am really happy with the results. What a great way to spend a few vacation days! My sister came to visit yesterday and said, "You must have the only green grass in 4 counties." Well, I don't think that is entirely tr...

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Unit #11 Horticulture Education Team

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

We are happy to announce that our horticulture education team is now complete. Help me welcome Christine Belless and Paula Lane to our crew. Christine Belless is coordinating our new Master Naturalist program. Our first training begins on August 27 th and Christine has an amazing lineup of instructors and locations. Christine has been with Extension for many y...

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Evergreen Tree Problems Intensified by Drought

This summer's drought is tough on many landscape and garden plants. Unfortunately, plants already stressed by previous problems are in major jeopardy during this drought. According to Rhonda Ferree, extension educator in horticulture, the odd weather patterns in recent years has brought out many trees diseases. Spruce and pine trees are particularly at risk. "Calls from...

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2012 Drought Warning! WATER your Landscape and Garden Plants

This year is quickly becoming one of the driest in history. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says that if your yard is like hers, your landscape plants are suffering from the dry conditions. The rapid onset of poor looking landscape plants is cause for concern. Here are some resources with more information about how to manage plants during this drought...

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