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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

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Chaenomeles japonica Japanese Flowering Quince March 18, 2012 Champaign Illinois...

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Spring Planting Considerations

The air is full of the delicious sounds and smells of spring early this season. The summer temperatures we've been experiencing lately have really accelerated our season in many ways. Plants are budding sooner, bugs are out in large numbers, and the soil is warming fast. In all this excitement it is easy lose track of the date. It is still mid-March and our average last frost dates in this area ra...

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Hover Fly

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Syrphid larva/Hover fly/Marmalade Fly ( Toxomerus geminatus ) Pests : Aphids, thrips, scales, whitefly and smaller caterpillars Appearance: Adult hover flies look similar to wasps or bees with black and yellow stripes but with only one pair of wings Eggs are white Larvae a...

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Frass

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

What is Frass? Frass is the fecal material (poop) produced by insects....

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PH and Nutrient Availability

Soil Testing

Posted by Kelly Allsup -

Have you tested your soil lately? By Kelly Allsup Horticulture Extension Educator Have you tested your soil lately? By Kelly Allsup Horticulture Extension Educator A soil test can be an excellent addition to a gardener's tool box. Individual plants require a specific soil pH and nutrient level. The proper soil fertility and texture provided by the...

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