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Garden Trend 11 – Fingertip Gardens

Time for our next gardening trend of 2014: Fingertip Gardens. It's all about gardening using high tech with mobile apps and technology. It seems that every day I hear about a new garden-related app for smart phones and tablets. I post many of these on my gardening app Pinterest bulletin board at http://www.pinterest.com/ilriverhort ....

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Four Seasons Gardening Programs Available on YouTube

The University of Illinois Extension Four Seasons Gardening Series is available for home viewing at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. The Four Seasons Gardening Series is a seasonal series of gardening topics offered virtually throughout the state of Illinois. Members of the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Team collab...

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Master Gardener Julie Lerczak and friends Nancy Glick and Katie Conner of Havana created this pumpkin art.  Photos by Julie Lerczak.
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Pumpkins

Happy Birthday to my sister Lynn Miller! Lynn's birthday always makes me think of wiener roasts and pumpkins. Those of you celebrating Halloween carve pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns. Others, including my sister, simply enjoy decorating with uncarved pumpkins or eating pumpkin desserts. Pumpkins are native to this country and have been immortalized in legend and history. They were obviou...

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NEW Emerald Ash Borer website

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has become a problem almost throughout the state. Each year, more and more counties are finding the insect on traps or in trees. This website was developed to help homeowners first ID their tree to make sure it truly is an ash, followed by EAB identification, and then control options. http://w...

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Avoid Oriental Bittersweet!

Each year I seem to battle more and more difficult and very invasive weeds on my property. These include honeysuckle, garlic mustard, burning bush, and bittersweet. Oriental bittersweet is quickly invading my landscape beds. This plant seems to grow everywhere and spreads very quickly. Although it has beautiful orange fall fruit, birds and other animals disperse the seeds to other locations. I...

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Program Helps Communities Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

Recent discoveries of Emerald Ash Borer in Peoria and Tazewell counties underscore the need for communities to be proactive against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). University of Illinois Extension held an Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Planning Workshop on October 2 nd in East Peoria. The program was attended by local officials, municipalities, park districts, arborists, and other...

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Pothos (Devil's Ivy)
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Garden Trend 10 – Think Gardens

Time for our next gardening trend of 2014: Think Gardens . This trend is all about how plants make us smarter, more productive and less stressed and is why we need them in our offices, schools, hospitals, and more. Green is the color of peace and serenity and important for our psychological well-being. Plants play a big role in filling that psychological need. M...

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Compost bins at Illinois governors mansion in Springfield, IL
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Recycled Leaves Make Inexpensive Mulch

Fall brings wiener roasts, festivals, and leaf removal. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, suggests making good use of the fallen leaves in your yard. The tree leaves that accumulate in and around your landscape represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a good source of organic matter and nutrients for use...

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Swag made from cedar, pine, boxwood, bittersweet, decorated with a bow on an old chair.
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Horticulture on the Spoon River Drive

It is Spoon River Drive time again! Each year I am drawn to items made from natural materials, including woodcarvings, dried flower arrangements, decorative plants, and so much more. I have been going on the drive since I was a child. I used to go every year with my grandparents. Grandpa (Max Simmons) always bought two items each year: sorghum syrup and a birdhouse. I hope to find a birdhouse...

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