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Dandelions

Take a new look at dandelions

Earth Day falls every year on April 22. I find that Earth Day is a great time to reflect on our world around us. You might even try to look at a small piece of our world from a completely different viewpoint. Take dandelions, for example. To many people, the dandelion is a weedy pest that invades our lawns, but other people find many positive attributes in the plant. Kids love d...

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Grapes on 7-13-12

Backyard grapes for Illinois by Bruce Black

URBANA, Ill. – Grape vines are a beautiful feature for your landscape that provide both aesthetic and edible benefits, says a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Fresh-picked-from-the-vine grapes...

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Garden Calendar 2018 photo

Gardening in April

Spring has sprung, and it is time to get out in the garden. The average last frost date for central Illinois is mid-April. Therefore I wait until about Mother's Day before planting tender plants such as impatiens, basil, tomatoes, and tropicals. Even though I can't plant most of the tender plants yet, there is still a lot to do. GENERAL Measure the rainfall with a rain ga...

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Community Garden Webinar Series New Available

There is a good amount of planning that needs to go into creating a successful community garden. To help people and organizations build and maintain productive community gardens University of Illinois Extension created the Community Garden Webinar Series. This series takes users through a variety of modules discussing the different steps that can be taken to develop a successful community garde...

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Homemade herbicide considerations

URBANA, Ill. – Recipes for homemade weed killers abound on the internet. University of Illinois Extension specialist Michelle Wiesbrook explains why homemade is not always better. "It's important to keep in mind that any...

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Planting black tupelo tree

Purchasing Trees and Shrubs

It's that time of year when trees and shrubs begin popping up at retail sales areas throughout Illinois. Here are some tips to consider as you plan your new woody plant purchases. The most important choice is what type of plant to buy. Consider many factors when making this choice, as it is critical. Consider shade versus sun, soil conditions, insect and disease resistance, seasonal fea...

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Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers Spring Series

The Spring series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled A Garden Calendar . Join extension horticulture educator, Ron Wolford, as he discusses month by month tips and tricks for the home gard...

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