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

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Control Bagworms NOW!!! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2013 Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, would like to share that Bagworms have hatched throughout Illinois and urge readers to follow recommendations provided by Horticulture Educator, Rhonda Feree. This is the best time to control them, so act now! If you have seen bagworms...

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Fertilizers 101

Fertilizers demystified Why do I need fertilizer? When? What kind? How do Master Gardeners fertilize plants? The answer to this question is easy to answer: It all depends on the plant. Now that you have been left even further mystified about fertilizers, learning some basic principles about plant nutrition can help you make a decision like a pro. Plants require nutrients...

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Be Wary of Ticks this summer

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

University of Illinois, Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup encourages gardeners and hikers to be wary of ticks this summer. The sunny and wet spring has caused a flush of thick growth along the forest floor and the trails of the prairies. Nature enthusiasts exploring these areas are returning home with stowaways, an arachnid that uses sticky pads on their feet to attach to your clothin...

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Killing Japanese Beetles Can Kill Bees

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Killing Japanese beetles can kill bees Japanese beetles are a jeweled menace of plants like roses, lindens, hibiscus and blackberries. They don't come from some elusive place in the south where they have been sunning themselves all winter but rather have hibernated in your lawn as a grub. When spring comes, overwintered full-sized grubs begin to feed on the roots of turf. Right before t...

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Pumpkin Day in Hancock County

Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, says if you grow pumpkins then you should attend the Pumpkin field day hosted by the University of Illinois on September 6, 2013 10:00 AM – 2:00 p.m. University of Illinois states 'There can be no substitute for first- hand experience with what varieties do well at your own farm and market, but variety trial reports can be of help by allowing o...

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Fire Blight

Fire Blight The Master Gardener plant clinics in Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties have seen high numbers of fire blight questions. Fire blight is a bacterial infection that afflicts ornamental pears, crabapples, plum, serviceberry and apples. This disease is more evident in warm and wet seasons and looks like the tips of the branches have caught fire and retreated into a...

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