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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

New Book: Illinois Birds: A Century of Change

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A new book, Illinois Birds: A Century of Change, literally took 100 years to write. The first comprehensive survey of birds in Illinois was conducted from 1906-1909. It was repeated from 1956-1958 and a technical book was written comparing the two surveys. When the 100-year anniversary of that first survey was approaching, ornithologists Mike Ward, Jeff Walk, Steve Bailey, and Jeff Brawn seized...

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Gateway Green Industry Conference

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The Gateway Green Industry Conference is announcing dates for 2011. The conference will be held February 22 and 23 at the Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville. Attendees will recall that the former Southern Illinois Grounds Maintenance School changed its name to the Gateway Green Industry Conference. It's the sam...

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Using Your Fireplace Safely

Posted by Ron Wolford -

One of the joys of the fall and winter season is curling up in front of a warm fireplace. Proper fireplace use and maintenance, along with a commitment to safety, will keep the enjoyment from turning into tragedy. "Before building your first fire of the season, inspect the fireplace and the chimney for crack...

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Understanding Seed Catalogs

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Although words in seed catalogs might seem unfamiliar, it is important to understand their meaning, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "It won't be long before your mailbox is filled with seed and plant catalogs of every de...

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