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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Mother in Laws Tongue houseplant (Sansevieria)

Houseplants Clean Air in Our Homes

Houseplants in your home or office are not only pretty and also help clean the air. Research shows that houseplants play an important role in cleaning the air we breathe. Many years ago, a team of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) researchers lead by Dr. Bill Wolverton tested the effect of fifteen houseplants on three pollutants known to be present in...

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Grow a Pineapple Top

"Pineapple is not only delicious, but also makes a great houseplant." Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, describes how to do this using the top off of a whole pineapple. Pineapple is a tropical fruit from tropical America and has that unique taste that many people really enjoy. "To learn more about the pineapple, try growing your...

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Just What Is Quinoa?

I have been enjoying trying new foods, especially those I prepare from scratch myself. Recently I made homemade granola and several types of bread. Recipes called for ingredients that I wasn't familiar with: quinoa, flax seed, wheat germ, and wheat bran. That, of course, made my plant geek mind want to know more about the plants that produce them. For the next few weeks I'll sh...

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basil grown indoors on 1-18-13
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Rhonda's Herbs on January 18, 2013

My basil plants are really growing in my aerogarden. I can't wait to make pesto!...

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Aerogarden planted with herbs on 1-7-13
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Rhonda's Indoor Herbs

I am anxious to start eating the herbs that I'm growing in my kitchen. Seven herbs have just begun to sprout in my indoor aerogarden. Join me on this blog as I watch them grow, filling my kitchen with the wonders of our green world....

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Rose Parade 2013

One of my favorite activities of the year is watching the New Year's Day Rose Parade. Every year I am amazed by the amount of work that goes into creating the floats using only natural materials. The 2013 parade featured 42 floats, 23 marching bands and 21 equestrian units. This year there seemed to be more use of fruits and vegetables, though roses always make a big show too....

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Aerogarden planted with herbs on 1-7-13

Indoor Herb Gardens

"As we enter the depth of winter it may seem hard to think of gardening, but actually gardening is a yearlong adventure." "Indoor winter gardens are fun and therapeutic, says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, "Edible indoor gardens are also useful." An indoor edible garden composed of herbs actually brings the garden inside and...

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