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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Tree Identification Workshop on October 1st

Tree Identification Would you like to know what kind of tree you have in your backyard? Whether it is an oak, maple or something rarer learn to identify trees with this Tree Identification workshop presented by University of Illinois Extension. Please join us on October 1, 2015, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the McLean County Extension Office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloom...

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Seed Saving Program in Bloomington on September 28

Have you ever had a plant in your garden that you really liked and wanted to be able to grow it again next year? If you answered yes, then this is the workshop presented by Master Gardener Jaci Dixon is a must attend for you states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners will be hosting a workshop entitl...

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Snakes by Jason Haupt

I know that everyone has heard the phrase, "The only good snake is a dead snake", but have you ever really thought about what purpose a snake serves? Are the only good snakes dead? I think the phrase should be changed to, "The only good snake is a hungry snake." Many people think that snakes are scary, dangerous, slimy and all around unnecessary. But that is not the case. In fact, e...

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Seed Saving Program in Pontiac on September 17

Seed Saving & Propagation- Livingston County Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.U of I Extension Livingston County officeUniversity of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners will be hosting a workshop entitled "Seed Saving and Propagation" on September 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Livingston County Extension office. Join Dee Woodburn and Sherri King, Livingston County...

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Last Chance to go on an Odyssey with the McLean County Master Gardeners

Posted by Kelly Allsup -

October Garden Tour to Missouri and Arkansas Planned After a busy summer of activities, are you looking for a fun getaway to enjoy beautiful fall foliage and gardens? Come join the McLean County Master Gardeners on their three day "October Garden Odyssey" tour scheduled for October 20-22, 2015. Sit back, relax...

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Hummingbird moths

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Small mysterious pollinators have been visiting late-summer and fall-blooming plants in our gardens in order to sip nectar, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Kelly Allsup. With wings as fast as a hummingbird and long tongues like a butterfly, these small moths hover over flowers to gather nectar. In the fall months in Illinois, hummingbird moths, a member of...

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If you have a hydrangea, this is a must read by Travis Cleveland

Hydrangeas are known hosts to several leaf spots, both fungal and bacterial. Oakleaf Hydrangeas, in particular, are known to develop leaf spots caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas campestris . Bacterial leaf spot on hydrangea overwinters in diseased plant debris. The pathogen moves to developing plant tissues by splashing water from rain or irrigation. Once in contact wi...

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Pathogens on Monarchs by Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Pathogens & Parasitoids Reduction in Monarch Butterfly Rearing 1.It is difficult to avoid all parasitoids and diseases as long as caterpillars and their food are collected from the wild. 2.Totally captive-reared insects tend to lose some survival abilities after several generations and adult monarchs would be difficult to maintain. You are better off collecting wild eggs or larv...

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