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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Plantains

As I wrote last week, I recently spent a week in Costa Rica with my husband and my son Derek. Derek spent the fall semester there with the University of Illinois study abroad program. He ate many new foods while there. His favorite meal was gallo pinto with eggs. He recently posted a video on my Facebook page that teaches how to make Tostones (fried plantains). Plantains are the green cousin t...

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Coffee

I've spent the past week vacationing in Costa Rica. My son Derek is a senior at the University of Illinois and just completed his fall semester studying abroad there. My husband and I were fortunate enough to go spend a week with him before bringing him home. Everywhere I go I not only enjoy learning about different cultures but I am also fascinated by different agricultural crops. Cost...

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Goldfinches on a finch feeder
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Bird Feeding Basics

Now is the time of year when I really enjoy feeding the birds and watching them from the comfort of my warm home. Before his retirement, Extension Educator Bob Frazee always had good tips on how to feed birds. Here is some of his information. Since enjoying birds is a major objective, you will want to locate the feeder where it can be conveniently viewed – and used. Due to differences in body...

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Firewood

Last night our furnace wasn't working properly. Thankfully our wood burning fireplace kept us cozy all evening. Many people are particular when it comes to the types of wood they want to burn in their fireplaces. Typically, oak, hickory, and ask are sought. Each species has its own burning qualities, but on a weight basis, all species of wood generate the same amount of heat. What makes...

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Dr. George F. Czapar, Associate Dean and Director of Extension presents Rhonda Ferree with the Extension Technology Excellence Award

Ferree Wins Technology Excellence Award

Rhonda J. Ferree, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, was awarded the University of Illinois Extension Technology Excellence Award at Extension's annual conference in November 2013. The Technology Excellence Award goes to a staff member who has utilized technology as a tool in program delivery and content. During her 25-year Extension career Rhonda has been k...

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