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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director



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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

African Violets - from Jennifer Nelson

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A popular indoor plant that can bring color on a dreary winter day is the African violet, one with a "worldly history," said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Most everyone has owned or at least seen an African violet," said Jennifer Schultz Nelson. "Because it is sold in such everyday places as grocery stores and discount giants, you might not think it...

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Forcing Flowering Shrubs - from David Robson

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This year, spring can come early to your home. How? Just snip some branches from your flowering shrubs, and force them into bloom, states David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield Center. By...

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Foliage Plants in Low Light Conditions - from David Robson

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Foliage houseplants have requirements for light, heat and water. The heat and water are easily supplied by a homeowner, but light is often a problem, says David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield Center. In the decorating scheme, foliage plants could often be useful in a corner, an entry area or almost anywhere away from good light–where th...

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Herb Day

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Herb Day 2008 has been scheduled for Saturday, January 19. Herbal experts will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year, says Extension Vegetable and Herb Specialist Chuck Voigt . Jeanne Rose of San Francisco, California, will speak about The Aromatic History of the Use of Essent...

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Salt Injury from Martha Smith

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How exactly does salt damage plant material? Anyone who has tried to get table salt out of a wet salt shaker knows that salt readily absorbs water. Rock salt exhibits the same property in the soil. That is, it absorbs much of the water that would normally be available to roots. Even though there is adequate soil moisture, high amounts of salt can result in a drought-like environment for plants....

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