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A place to learn more about backyard, community, school, and youth gardens.

Soil Testing

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

Now is the time to take soil tests. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says "If you have plants that are not growing the way they should, a soil test might be needed to see if soil amendments are needed." Ferree emphasizes that soil amendments should be based on a soil test to know the amounts needed. Be sure the sample is representative of the area to...

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Farmers Market Resource

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

STARTING A FARMERS MARKET? Every market comes together differently. The combination of goals, resources, and organizational challenges are unique to each market. However, many markets have similar needs when they first get going. Farmers Market Coalition has created a guide designed to guide users through the process of starting a farmers market....

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Help Available for All Your Garden Questions!

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

Do you wonder why your crabapple trees are dropping so many yellow leaves or how to deal with those pesky green bugs eating your roses? University of Illinois Extension is here to help answer all your gardening questions using our front line of attack - Master Gardener volunteers (MGs). Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says tha...

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