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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

2015 Container Garden Trends and How To's

"Knowing the basics of container gardening can help any gardener grow lush beautiful pots all summer long," says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, "and then they can get creative and follow some of the Container Garden trends of 2015." Container gardening is a necessity to most of us who live with limited outside space and little time but still want to be...

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Tree Walk Series Announced

Tree Walk at Illinois Central College Friday, May 22 1:30 p.m. Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, will lead a tree walk around the Illinois Central College campus in East Peoria on Friday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. Map of ICC-...

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Come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale in Eureka

Woodford County Master Gardener's Plant Sale "It is time again for the Woodford County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Eureka Library-May 16 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Stock up this spring with garden favorites like perennials, grasses, annuals, some vegetables, herbs and oddities from the garden," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Then take...

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Sign up to Create a Miniature Succulent Garden in Pontiac with Master Gardeners

Miniature Succulent Gardening University of Illinois Livingston Master Gardeners will host a highly requested program on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. entitled "Miniature Succulent Gardening" as part of the Master Gardener Summer series. The program fee is $20 and registration is required. Each attendee will receive a miniature succulent garden to explore. Please...

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Be Part of Creating the Food Forest in Bloomington

Food Forest Work Day Join University of Illinois Extension in planting the first food forest located in a city park in Illinois. You can be a part of food forest history on May 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we plant this forest at One Normal Plaza, which is located at the intersection of Beech St. and Lincoln St., in Normal. Three shifts are available with start times bet...

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Spring Sweetness: Strawberrries

Spring Sweetness: Strawberries University of Illinois Horticulture educator, Kelly Allsup says, "plant strawberry plants this spring for next year's harvest of plump juicy berries." Strawberries can be greatly rewarding and only require a few simple, timed garden tasks. Before planting bare root bundles, amend the soil with organic matter. Organic matter consist...

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What is that Orange Rust on my Junipers? by Travis Cleveland

Telial growth has started to emerge from overwintering Gymnosporangium rust galls. Early stages of the telial emergence are pictured above.  Three Gymnosporangium rusts commonly affect trees in Illinois landscapes: Cedar-apple rust, Hawthorn rust, and Quince rust. These pathogens require two hosts to complete their life cycles. The most damaging stage occurs on deciduous hosts withi...

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