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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.


ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them. Beginning at the end of July and continuing in A...

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Awesome August Bus Trip with the Master Gardeners on August 5th

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2015 August 5 Garden Tour Planned Have you been busy all spring and summer planning, planting and WEEDING your gardens? Do you enjoy beautiful gardens and need a get-a-way from your daily summer routine? Our "Awesome August Adventure" one-day garden tour can be that perfect escape to sit back and enjoy the ride and sites as we tra...

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butterfly field guide
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Butterflies Adapting

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Illinois Butterfly identification programs have been popular among the prairie walkers and flower gardeners. It is these delightful visitors of flowers or tree sap or in some cases dung and mud puddles that capture our interests and cause us to ask "What kind of butterfly is that?" and "Where did it come from?" and most of all "How do I lure them to my garden?" In my ventures to understand and...

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Tree Walk Series Spring
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Tree Walk at Illinois Wesleyan Campus on June 19

Tree Walk at Illinois Wesleyan Campus on June 19 "University of Illinois Extension is celebrating the language of trees this spring and summer with a Tree Walk Series," states University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Join us in different locations throughout the area for a late spring tree walk series to learn and identify several different...

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Mushroom Growing Workshop in Pontiac

Mushroom Growing Workshop Calling all growers, homeowners and garden enthusiasts! You have grown vegetables, fruits and flowers, but have you ever grown your own mushrooms? Learn to grow these delectable treats at an upcoming workshop as part of the Livingston County Master Gardener "Learn to Grow" summer series. On June 18 at 6:30 p.m., a presentation will be...

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Spring Tree Planting tips

"Whether you are replacing a downed tree or planting a new one in the landscape, it is important to understand the proper practices of planting a tree, as well as, the benefits it may have to your home," says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Trees are well known for their cooling effect as they block the sun's rays and water evaporates from the leaf surface. T...

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Cooking and Watering our bale

Cooking the bale

Cooking the Straw bale Garde Straw bale Gardening has become a big hit with the recent introduction of Joel Karsten, book called Straw bale Gardening and has taken the garden world by storm and giving growers a new media to grow vegetables, herbs and annuals. If you would like take a class on Straw bale gardening then wait no further. University of Illinois Extensio...

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