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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Tour of BetterEarth composting facility in Peoria on March 29, 2012

Master Composter Trainees Promoted in Peoria

Twelve Master Gardeners recently completed the University of Illinois Extension Master Composter training program. Trainees from the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension Unit learned the science and art of composting. Classes were held on March 8 th and 29 th at the University of Illinois Extension office in Peoria. Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension Ed...

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Japanese maple leafing out, vinca vine in flower, Carlesei viburnum flowering on 3-26-12
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Week Four in my Garden

I am still surprised by the number of plants in full bloom in March. I saw flowering dogwood in full bloom yesterday in Springfield, IL. In my yard, the Carlesei viburnum look awesome and smells even better. The pictures above show the same five locations in my garden. Closeup views include: -creeping phlox by the pool -Japanese maple, Carlesei viburnum, and vinca vine by...

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Vinca vine on 3-19-12
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Week Three In My Garden

Wow! My garden seemed to come alive overnight. It is hard to believe that three weeks ago my photos on here had snow. This week's photos have my yellow magnolia and PJM azalea in full bloom. Here are some other highlights for me this week: 1-Did overall general cleanup in entire yard last weekend and uncovered many emerging plants 2-Put down some grass seed in bare areas...

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daffodils viewed through a picket fence on 3-12-12
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Week Two in My Garden

I see subtle changes in my garden this week. Check out the photo gallery to see them for yourself. Here is my top 5 list of what is happening this week around my yard. 1-vinca minor blooming under pergola 2-honeysuckle in full bloom by pool 3-star magnolia blooming in front yard 4-contorted hazelnut in full bloom (catkins expanding) 5-daffodils in full bloom nea...

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Week by Week in a Garden

Join me in my garden as I post weekly pictures and updates from six locations around my yard.  1-Herb Garden - my herb garden was built several years ago and is adjecent to my back patio. Although originally it was designed to grow only herbs, I've adapted it over the years to include other plants of interest. I anxiously await the flowering of the poppies I transplanted here last f...

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