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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

The Spring Garden

Posted by John Fulton -

While 60-70 degree temperatures get us used to spring/summer, we may be jumping the gun on planting warm season garden items. Witness the 30 degree temperature drop of the last week. Many annual flowers, tomato plants, and other warm season plants should not be set out until after May 10. When we look at our average frost free date, we see that it is April 25. About half the time in the last 30...

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Reminders

Posted by John Fulton -

It is about time to mow already, and remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time to prevent raking or catching clippings. Cut back butterfly bushes to live material, with a 10 inch maximum height. Cut back mums, but leave two inches of dead material since much stored food is located there. Cut back ornamental grasses to a height of four inches or so...

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USDA Hardiness Zones 2012 for Illinois

New USDA Hardiness Zones

Posted by John Fulton -

There has been quite a bit in the popular press about the USDA changing the Hardiness Zone Map due to the "global warming" phenomenon. These hardiness zones are used to select perennial plants for use in your landscape plan. For the Logan County and Menard County areas, we are still in the 5b zone. The Sangamon County area is now split, with Springfield being the border for Zone 5b and Zone 6a....

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Starting Seeds

Posted by John Fulton -

It's now approaching early March. Although winter may still be with us, it is time to plan for starting your own transplants. There are quite a few details to begin your own transplants. Starting your own will only pay benefits for you if you want to transplant several plants, otherwise the seed cost (and it has gone up this year) may be more than a four-pack of plants. Of course, some people j...

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Russel Allen Garden Day

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Russel Allen was one of the original Master Gardener group in Logan County. Russel always joked he was the "worst Master Gardener," but he was passionate about gardening and the program. In his memory, the Logan County Master Gardeners will be having a Garden Day on Saturday, March 10 at Lincoln College, from 9-1. Cost is $10 for pre-registration and $12 at the door, and registration materials...

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