U of I Extension's YouTube Channel Helps Gardeners Plan for 2012
This article was originally published on March 8, 2012 and expired on June 30, 2012. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.
It was a mild winter and
Illinois gardeners are counting the days until they can get back outside and
start digging in the soil.
In the meantime, many are
getting ready for spring with the help of University of Illinois Extension's
YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/uiextension.
The channel offers more than 230 U of I Extension videos covering all aspects
of gardening in the Midwest — from pruning shrubs to creating a water
garden, and everything in between.
"When it comes to something
like late-winter pruning, there's just no substitute for seeing a demonstration
up close," said Jane Scherer, urban programs specialist with U of I
Extension and creator of the YouTube channel.
"YouTube gives us a chance
to reach gardeners on their schedule, at their convenience. With a smartphone,
you can actually watch one of our pruning demonstrations when you're out in the
yard and looking at the tree or shrub you want to work on. When you can see how
the experts prune branches, and then immediately replicate what they did on
your own landscape plants, you're much more likely to do it right."
At this time of year, U of I
Extension's YouTube videos on houseplants and planning for the next growing
season are especially popular.
"Serious gardeners spend
the winter studying seed catalogs and sketching out their ideas for
spring," Scherer said. "We have videos on interpreting descriptions
in seed catalogs, planning gardens for 'difficult' spaces, butterfly gardening,
and results from our 2011 annual flower trial garden, among others."
The videos feature several U of
I Extension horticulture educators.
"During the past year,
we've posted more than 100 gardening-related videos, so there's always
something new to look at," Scherer said. "Gardeners can subscribe to
our YouTube channel feed, so they'll be notified when we've posted new videos.
"We can't make the cold
temps, ice and snow go away, but maybe our videos can help make the long winter
months a little more enjoyable and productive for people who just can't wait to
get back out in the garden."
Source: Jane Scherer, Extension Specialist, Web Coordination/Urban Programming, email@example.com
Pull date: June 30, 2012