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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

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Four Seasons Gardening 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. Learn from University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts from the comfort of your home computer! These classes are live so you can ask questions of the presenters. The first session...

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Rhubarb's Mysteries Revealed

News Source:  Jennifer Fishburn , 217-782-4617 URBANA, Ill. – As the season warms up, many gardeners begin looking forward to their first rhubarb harvests. Although it was first cultivated in central Asia more than 2,000 years ago for its medicinal properties, rhubarb i...

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Spring Break Gardening

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Jo Daviess County Master Gardener's will be holding their annual Spring Break Gardening event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elizabeth Community Building (HWY 20 W Elizabeth, IL). Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required to attend. To register or for more information on this program call us at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at web.e...

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Trees and shrubs for poor drainage sites

News source/writer: Andrew Holsinger, 217-532-3941, aholsing@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – The splendor of trees and shrubs is apparent in the above-ground portions of the plants, but what lies beneath should not be ignored. "Soil plays a vital role in the survival of trees and shrubs in the landscape," Universi...

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Pruning Fruit Trees

Source: Rhonda J. Ferree, Extension Educator, Horticulture, ferreer@illinois.edu Now is the best time to prune many of your trees and shrubs, including fruit trees. Pruning of fruit trees is done to improve fruit quality, develop a strong plant, facilitate harvest, and control the size/shape...

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