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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The following is a press release on the Emerald Ash Borer from the Illinois Department of Agriculture: Illinois Department of Agriculture activates state response plan to eradicate the exotic pest; urges public to learn the signs of EAB infestation and promptly report suspected cases GENEVA, Ill. – A destructive, non-native pest that feasts on ash trees has been...

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Organic Gardening Day 2006

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Organic gardening is gaining favor among people concerned about the quality of their food and lifestyle. Whether you are an experienced organic gardener or a beginner looking for guidance as you start out, the University of Illinois' Organic Gardening Day 2006 will give you plenty to think about as you begin to dre...

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No Flower and Garden Show in 2007

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Tribune Company, sponsor of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show for the last 12 years, has declined to renew its sponsorship. The reason was economic. The Show made a profit, but it was not enough to satisfy Tribune shareholders in times of financial stress. In four years, the Horticulture Competition within...

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Emerald Ash Borer in Kane County

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The emerald ash borer has been found in Kane County. The borer is about one-half inch long appears brown in shadeand under bright light is dark green in color. Millions of ash trees in Michigan have been devastated. This pest is a very serious threat to the 178 million ash trees in Illinois. This is a very, very dangerous pest of ash trees," said James Appleby, a professor in t...

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New Composting for the Homeowner Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

For the home gardener who wants to know everything about home composting, we have the perfect website – Composting for the Homeowner. Developed by Martha Smith, Extension Educator, Horticulture and Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Natural Resources Management, this site gives an excellent in-depth discussion of the science of composting, why it is important to compost, how to build a com...

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Periodical Cicadas in Northern Illinois in 2007

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Several people have asked if and where any broods of periodical cicadas will emerge in Illinois in 2006. The answer is no, not in 2006. However, 2007 will be the year for an emergence in northern Illinois, including the Chicago metropolitan area. Marlatt's Brood XIII, of the 17-year cicada, also known as the Northern Illinois Brood, will emerge in 2007. Expect emergence when soil temperatures j...

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2006 City Wide Annual and Vegetable Distribution Day

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On June 24, Greencorps Chicago will host its City Wide Annual and Vegetable Distribution Day. Community Gardens in Chicago are eligible to receive a variety of plants including flowers, vegetables and herbs. In order to r...

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