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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

1950s Gardening

Clotheslines, raising chickens and goats, heirlooms, growing fruits and vegetables, canning and seed saving the way our grandparents did is back in style. "We are channeling an old-fashioned style of gardening in 2015, with an emphasis back on small-farm ideals," says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Clotheslines can be a simple weekend project bound t...

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Snow on Trees

Winter Snow and Ice Damage To Trees by Candice Miller

Here in the northwestern corner of Illinois, we got about 15 inches of snow this past weekend. This amount of snow definitely causes some road and travel problems, but what does that much snow mean for trees and shrubs? It means there is a lot of weight on the branches! Especially this particular snow, which was very wet and heavy. Heavy snow and ice storms can cause quite a bit of...

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Vertical Garden
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Things are Going up with Vertical Gardening

"Vertical Gardening" is the theme for this year's Home, Lawn and Garden Show presented by the McLean County Master Gardeners. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture for the Rotary Botanical Garden in Janesville, Wis., will speak on the popular garden trend of growing plants up. His presentation will include great examples of vertical gardening at the award-winning botanical garden in Janesville....

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Beekeeping Webinar

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener Are you bee curious? Learn what it takes to keep bees in your own backyard! The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension continues with the second session of the series titled, Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener. This program will take place Tuesday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the McLean County...

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Becoming a First Detector

Become an Illinois First Detector! Gain knowledge of invasive insects, plants, and viruses by attending this valuable workshop sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. "Becoming a 'First Detector' in 2014 through the University of Illinois Plant Clinic gave me the skills to properly identify emerald ash borer, thousand canker diseases on walnut trees, and the inva...

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University of Missouri Extension Tiny Greens

Growing Tiny Greens at Unity Community Center

With the promise of tasty nutrition and a guaranteed quick return on my gardening efforts, I decided to grow microgreens (tiny greens) inside at the Unity Community program using seeds and soil left over from summer programming. Two 4-foot-long watertight growing pockets (pots) were placed in front of the west window and a fluorescent light was added. The pockets were filled with moist...

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Super Sempervirens Webinar Announced

The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension starts the year with Super Sempervivums. The program will be hosted by Livingston County Master Gardeners at the University of Illinois  Extension Offices. Sempervivums, also called houseleeks, live forever or hens & chicks are colorful perennial succulents surging in popularity. Sempervivums and close relative...

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