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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Dead and Dying Trees from Rhonda Feree

The droughts of 2011 and 2012 continue to take a toll on tree health. Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator in horticulture, says that trees can take three to five years to show symptoms from a severe event such as drought. Unfortunately trees under stress are less able to fight off insect and disease problems. Plant diagnosticians at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic describe the...

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Saving Milkweed for Monarch Butterfly caterpillars

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup encourages gardeners to collect seeds from milkweeds to add this much needed plant to the landscape for Illinois monarchs. Kelly warns that you may see butterfly enthusiasts along roadsides collecting seeds from coveted weeds and prairie plants known as the milkweeds this fall. The milkweed species in Illinois is required for mo...

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Tree Walk at Eureka College

Eureka College Campus Tree Tour Would you like to add trees with brilliant fall foliage to your home landscape? Would you like to learn how to identify some common Illinois trees? Or would you like to learn the environmental value of these trees in your community? Please join Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois horticulture educator on a stroll through the hist...

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Hosta Problems by Travis Cleveland and Diane Plewa

The hosta is a popular landscaping plant, loved for its beautiful variety of foliage, and ease of cultivation. Around this time, delicate purple or white flowers develop before frost. Below are some of the most prevalent pathogens on hosta in Illinois. Foliar nematodes The plant clinic has received several hosta samples damaged by foliar nematodes ( Aphelenchoides...

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McLean County Master Gardener Training

Sign up today for Master Gardener Would you like to learn about growing vegetables, landscaping, trees, insects or turfgrass from the University of Illinois Extension? The McLean County Master Gardeners want you to join their training program this winter and take you on a amazing garden learning experience to find your inner gardener. The Master Gardener program is a g...

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Welcome Bees with Early Spring Bloomers

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Get your gardens buzzing next spring by planting bee-friendly bulbs and spring bloomers this fall. Bumblebee queens, honey bees and solitary bees start emerging from their winter homes ready to feast on the landscape as early as March. Feed them from your garden by planting a mix of crocus, snow drops, Siberian squill, grape hyacinth, bluebells with spring flowering hellebores and primrose...

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Drinks from the Herb Garden

If you added herb plants into the matrix of your vegetable gardens this year, you may, like most zucchini and tomato growers, have more harvest than you can handle. Your basil may have started flowering because it wasn't pinched, parsley leaves may be yellowing because it needs some fertilizer and the mint has spread beyond its bounds and is now feeding all the bees in the neighborhood. E...

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