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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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purple basil on 6-29-12
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My Garden on June 29, 2012

I missed posting the "Week in my garden" pictures last week. Here are a few that I took today while home at lunch. We are watering almost everyday to keep everything looking lush in this dry heat. We live in the large sandbox of Mason county Illinois, so dry soil is a major problem. Add a drought and we have to water to keep most plants alive. Here are some highlights for me from my lunchtime gard...

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Water Landscape Plants

Where is the rain! If your yard is like mine, your landscape plants are suffering from the dry conditions. The rapid onset of poor looking landscape plants is cause for concern. As a rule of thumb, landscape plants need about an inch of water a week. The easiest way to attain this is with a sprinkler or soaker hose. Set out a can or cup and quit watering when you've collected an inch of...

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Beetles in Sweet Corn

I'm receiving some calls on how to control Japanese beetle in sweet corn. They feed on the silks and disrupt pollination, resulting in missing or sporadic kernels. Since my fact sheet for homeowners doesn't list this crop, here are the chemical recommendations for controlling Japanese beetle in sweet corn. Apply at fresh-silk stage to early and late corn every 2 days, repeat...

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Japanese Beetle News website now available

The current Japanese beetle invasion raises questions for many people. How long will they be here? Will my plants die? What can I do to stop it? To help answer these questions and more, University of Illinois Extension Educators Rhonda Ferree and Matt Montgomery developed a new website. The website is set up as a blog so that they can post the most current information at a moment's noti...

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front lawn on 6-11-12
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Week of June 11 in my garden

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My gardens look better than ever right now thanks to ample, proper irrigation. If you have followed me on Facebook, we had to redo our front and back lawn last year. WOW! They look wonderful this year. I still have lots of color in my gardens. Last Saturday I weeded and trimmed all my landscape beds, except the shade and front gardens. Now I can sit back and enjoy each garden room. I hope you are...

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Week of June 4 in my garden

Finding it hard to keep up with the week by week in my garden posts, but I'm trying. Here are some highlights for the week of June 4, 2012. -Herb garden is growing. Love my little red "herb" wagon and ready to harvest basil soon. -Water garden and pergola. Frogs still amaze me and replaced our swing. Looking good! -Perennial garden. yarrow, dianthus, butterfly bush, rose, and petun...

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