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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
10-10-15 CDL bedbug Rhonda Feree

Household Pest Control Through Time by Dr. Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Control of household pests has changed considerably over the last 50 years, both outdoors and indoors. There has been a fine-tuning of methods and products over the years which has reduced exposure to pesticides but may have resulted in an inadvertent increase in some pests. Chlordane came on the market in the late 1950's and was soon accepted as a long-lasting, wide-spectrum insecticide. Appl...

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A Habitat for Monarchs

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

A Habitat for Monarchs "Planting a mix of native butterfly weed and annual tropical milkweed was a winning pollinator garden combination for our small 4-H Garden plot planted this summer," says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. The combination resulted in an explosion of monarch caterpillars. Hundreds of monarch caterpillars started their journ...

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Woodford County Master Gardener Training Announced

Would you like to learn about growing vegetables, landscaping, trees, insects or turfgrass from University of Illinois Extension? The Woodford County Master Gardeners want you to join their training program this winter and take you on an amazing garden learning experience to find your inner gardener. The Master Gardener program is a great opportunity to enrich your gardening knowledge, make a d...

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Life as a Woodford county Master Gardener

Life as a Woodford County Master Gardener Bruce Brown of Congerville and Linda Simpson of East Peoria both proudly boast the title of University of Illinois Woodford County Master Gardener. Fourteen years ago, Bruce was looking for something to do after retirement and had a eureka moment after reading an ad in the paper. He had witnessed his wife's love of gardenin...

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Home Invading Insect Brown Marmorated Stink bug

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Home Invaders Typically on the top of our home invader list in Illinois is Asian lady beetles. Asian lady beetles were released to help farmers with the soybean aphid but instead of overwintering in the cliffs of their native land, they like to invade our homes. If there is a crack or crevice leading its way to the inside of your home, then you may be vulnerable to this...

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Eureka College Apple Program

Learn to Grow Apples Organically Join us for an enlightening, educational class describing how to grow apples organically in your own backyard. Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Extension Educator, will share his 30 years of knowledge on apple production in Illinois to provide insight on what it takes to grow your own, organic apples. We will gather in the Cerf Center, North Terri...

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Recycling your leaves by Nancy Kreith

URBANA, Ill. – For the typical home gardener, fallen leaves are one of the most readily available forms of organic matter and serve as a wonderful soil conditioner, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Nancy Kreith." After raking leaves this fall, think about recycling them on your property rather than bagging them for curbside pickup," Kreith said. Increa...

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