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Rhonda J. Ferree

Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Annual Herbs as Landscape Plants

Herbs taste great, but they also make great landscape plants. I think that herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. They have very few pest problems and grow in many types of gardens, from formal herb gardens to small patio containers. I recommend starting with a few of the easiest annual herbs. During their one year in the garden you'll enjoy their beauty as well as their taste in variou...

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Backyard Greenhouses Extend the Garden Season

Every year my Dad (Ron Simmons) starts many annual plants for our family in his backyard greenhouse. I get most of my flowering annuals, vegetables, and herbs from dad's greenhouse. His plants are amazingly healthy and grow better than any other plants in my gardens. I see more and more hobby greenhouses and hoop-houses popping up in homeowner's backyards. What's the difference? They are both...

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Help Available for All Your Garden Questions!

Do you wonder why your tomato plants have so many yellow leaves or how to deal with those pesky bugs eating your roses? If so, University of Illinois Extension is here to help answer all your gardening questions. For almost 30 years, Master Gardeners have answered home garden questions through their Garden HelpLine located in Peoria. Staffed every weekday morning throughout the growing season,...

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Community & Gift Gardens Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties

Here is a list of public gardens in 2017 that grew food. They include community, gift, school, 4-H, demonstration, and other food gardens. We are in the process of updating the list for 2018. Please let me know if there are more to add. Fulton County YMCA Children's Garden in Canton Catholic Church Gift Garden in Canton Junior Master Gardener Project...

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Grow Vegetables in Containers

Vegetables are most commonly grown in traditional gardens in rows. Large gardens can seem overwhelming, especially during the heat of summer or after a vacation. If you don't have space for that or just want to try something different, here are some others options to try. Yet, a larger garden is sometimes needed for certain crops such as sweet corn. Still, you do not have to plant the garden i...

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Farmers Markets Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties

Here is a list of Farmers Markets that I'm aware of. Please let me know if there are more to add. Fulton County Canton, Saturday mornings from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., May 28 to end of September, Location: Jones Park.

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