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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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Rain Barrels by Candice Miller

The drought of 2012 took a great toll not only on the plants in the garden but also on the gardener's wallet. "It was tough for some gardeners to decide which plants to water and which to let survive on their own," said University of Illinois horticulture educator Candice Miller. "Unfortunately, if a gardener did decide that watering was absolutely essential, they likely saw an increase...

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Final Spring Package from University of Illinois Horticulture Educators

This is the third of three installments of the 2013 Spring Gardening Packet from the University of Illinois Extension. February 18, 2013 News source/writer: Richard Hentschel, 630-584-6166, hentsche@illinois.edu Training your apple trees URBANA – Pruning apple trees to produce helps them the best fruits possible. U...

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Master Naturalist Deanna Frautschi Butterfly Picture

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Master Naturalist, Deanna Frautschi, has the ability to spotlight the nature of Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties like no other. Her images reflect her admiration and love for the natural world as seen in this picture of a common Illinois butterfly, Red Spotted-Purple on a silver maple leaf. This black iridescent blue butterfly with red spotting can be seen on roadsides, forest edges and...

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Organic Herbicide????

Contact: Kelly Allsup, Extension Unit Educator, Horticulture Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties, 309-663-8306, kallsup@illinois.edu Organic Weed Control: Corn Gluten Meal Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, says organic weed control in lawns may not be as elusive as one might think. While attending the 201...

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Extension Horticultur

Second Spring Package from University of Illinois Horticulture Educators

February 11, 2013 News source/writer: Rhonda J. Ferree, 309-543-3308, ferreer@illinois.edu Allergenic plants URBANA -- If you are an allergy sufferer, spring often brings sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "One culprit is pollen from flowers of trees, shrub...

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Extension Horticultur

First Spring Package from University of Illinois Horticulture Educators

Editor's note: This is the first of three installments of the 2013 Spring Gardening Packet from the University of Illinois Extension. February 5, 2013 News source/writer: Jennifer Fishburn, 217-782-4617, fishburn@illinois.edu Spinach URBANA - The arrival of yellow daffodils, green lawns, and garden fresh salad are sure s...

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