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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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A message from Extension Pollinator Garden Writer Sally Whaley

Extension Pollinator Gardens By Sally Whaley Hello, all you grateful gardeners! Well, you now have the warmer, dryer weather that you requested to have your garden flourish. In our Extension Pollinator Garden, our plants are starting to make the landscape colorful. This month we will talk about the Butterfly Weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ) and Autumn Joy Sedum ( Hylotelephium...

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Confessions of a new homeowner- Landscape Design

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Creating a new landscape or renewing an old can be a daunting task for homeowners. However, if one looks at it as painter's canvas and envisions the design, it can be energizing at the prospect of creating his or her own garden oasis. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator and brand new homeowner, Kelly Allsup, is excited to transform a bland landscape into t...

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Join the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail at Eureka Public Library

Join the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail at Eureka Public Library Eureka, Ill. – Looking for a staycation idea? Please join University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Program Coordinator Reid Young, as he stops at the Eureka Public Library ( 202 S. Main St., Eureka ) to chat all about the McLean County...

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Warm days and thirsty plants: the art of watering

Warm days and thirsty plants: the art of watering   BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – I often tell people that I have a Ph.D. in watering plants, states University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. As a young professional, I spent my days deciding if I should water and then checking to see if I made the right decision. Sometimes, I spent my da...

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Suspect herbicide drift? U of I Extension has answers

Suspect herbicide drift? U of I Extension has answers URBANA, Ill. – Every year the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) receives approximately 72 complaints of crop damage due to pesticide drift. When drift occurs, it is important to know the basics of the complaint process as well as the available resources. "Neighborly discussions before pesticides are applied are a good...

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Master Gardeners bloom through training

Master Gardeners bloom through training BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean & Livingston County Master Gardeners is proud to welcome 18 new interns to the program after completing 14 weeks of extensive training by University of Illinois and University of Illinois Extension Educators in all subjects' horticulture. From insects and plant diseas...

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