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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,   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, 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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Backyard Apple Tree School

Backyard Apple Tree School coming to Rockford

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce that Backyard Apple Tree School is coming to Rockford, IL on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 1-4 PM at the Rockford Public Library East Branch. This program will be taught by University of Illinois Extension Educators Grant McCarty and Bruce Black. Backyard Apple Tree School is for new growers and homeowners and wil...

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Gardening for Food  Flowers and Fun 2017

Gardening for Food, Flowers and Fun 2017!

University of Illinois Extension welcomes spring at its 40th annual garden day, Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun. This one-day event offers inspiration, ideas, and innovation for area gardeners. U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners, and other plant experts will present a variety of education sessions and hands-on workshops. Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun is on Saturd...

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