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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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Keep Your Poinsettia Alive

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Poinsettias represent 80 percent of all potted plant sales in the United States during the holiday season. There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. They come in a...

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Christmas Tree Care Safety Tips

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christ...

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Try Worm Composting this Winter

Posted by Ron Wolford - Composting

Winter provides an opportunity to create compost for later use in your garden, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "...

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12 Interesting Christmas Trees Facts

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

What do you really know about Christmas trees and their history? The following are a few interesting Christmas tree facts . T...

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10 Interesting Facts about Poinsettias

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botan...

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Remember When Winter Was Fun!

Posted by Ron Wolford - Seasons

I was scrolling through Sandra Mason's Homeowner Columns and found this article on winter. Sandra is the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture educator for Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties . Sandra is an excellent wr...

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Get to Know your Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Before you purchase a Christmas tree this year, take a little time to research tree characteristics like color and length of needles, aroma and needle retention. The following Christmas Tree species or types are sold and grown in the United States. Deodar Cedar – Cedrus deodara...

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Choose the Perfect Christmas Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford - Holidays

Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Picking...

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