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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
tall anemone1 John Hilty
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Late Blooming Beauties (Anemone, Aster and Solidago) by Sandy Mason

Late-blooming beauties URBANA, Ill. - Just as most flowers are frying or fading, late-blooming perennials take off and steal the show, says Sandra Mason, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.Mason shares a few late-blooming beauties to create a fantastic fall flower garden. Fall anemones, which include an array of species ( Anemone hupehensis...

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Rub, Scrub and Relax in the Tub with Herbs at Yost House

The University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners and the Yost House Museum are partnering for a program about herbs on Saturday, August 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Yost House. The house will also be open for tours from 1 to 5 p.m. on that day. The program titled "Rub, Scrub and Relax in the Tub" is workshop on herbal preparations for culinary and per...

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Fragrant Herbs from the Garden Program at ISU Horticulture Center

Join the University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners for the third herb class of the summer at their Herb Garden located in Illinois State University Horticulture Center on Raab Road in Normal. On August 17 at 10 a.m., a program entitled "What to do with your fragrant herbs" will be presented to all who want to learn how to do more with their herbs. Enjoying the arom...

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Ken Johnson wants you to plant a vegetable garden this fall

Planting a fall vegetable garden URBANA, Ill. - Planting a vegetable garden doesn't just happen in the spring. "Many of the vegetables that we grow in the spring can be planted in late summer or early fall," says University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Ken Johnson."By the time summer rolls around many of our cool-season plants that were planted in the spring are pa...

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Phil Nixon Kelly Allsup
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Fall Tree Pests

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Manage pests on your favorite trees URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Kelly Allsup cautions to watch out for insect pests on favorite landscape trees this late summer and fall. "If you don't take necessary management actions at the appropriate time, the battle against them may be hard to win," she says. Allsup provides the following...

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Is it a bee or a fly? by Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Large numbers of syrphid, or flower, flies are being seen. They are small flies, usually 1/4 inch or shorter, with yellow and black or brown bands on the abdomen. They hover around your arms when you have been perspiring and land to lap up the sweat. This hovering also gives them the name of hover flies. They are called flower flies because they are commonly found on flowers, pollinating as they m...

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Fire in the Garden by Chuck Voigt

Capsicum: Herb of the Year 2016 Charles E. Voigt Fire University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Department of Crop Sciences W-503 Turner Hall, Urbana IL 61801 (217) 333-1969 - Fax (217) 244-3469 When the author was a young 4-H vegetable gardener, hot peppers were something exotic, not somet...

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