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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog
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Gardening in August

While walking around our yard last night my husband Mark commented that our gardens look better than ever. We usually spend August enjoying the garden instead of working in it all the time. Still there are several activities that can be done in August. First and foremost, don't let up on mosquito control. Dump the water! Mosquitoes will grow in almost anything that holds water. Take a walk aro...

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nasty webinar

Naughty, Nasty, and Simply Annoying Plants

See YouTube webinar on this topic. University of California Ranking System Dermatitis: Plant's sap may cause a skin rash or irritation. Major Toxicity: Plants may cause serious illness or death. Minor Toxicity: Ingesting plant may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea...

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spider

Spiders…Fascinating, yet Frustrating

I have a love-hate relationship with spiders. I am continually fascinated when watching a spider spin its web. However, cleaning up cobwebs can be very frustrating. Spiders are abundant (over 1,000,000 individuals per acre in a grassy field) and can be found almost anywhere from the bedroom closet to the 22,000-foot level on Mt. Everest. They are beneficial, feeding mostly on small inse...

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Raspberry

Spotted Wing Drosophila Can Ruin Berry Crops

Everyone growing blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries should be monitoring for spotted wing Drosophila, a relatively new invasive pest that infests thin-skinned fruits as they ripen. For the past several years, this invasive insect has severely damaged these crops, making the fruits unusable. If you are seeing gross little white maggots in your garden raspberries right now, this m...

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Slug on hosta

Hosta Slugs

While hiking at Turkey Run State Park with friends recently, we found a lot of snails sitting on stinging nettle leaves along the trails. Many of the snails had their head and antennae out of their shell, inviting us to stop occasionally to say hello. We also noticed a lot of holes in leaves along the trails. There are probably numerous reasons for the damage, but slugs are a likely cul...

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Post Ladybugs

Growing plants to attract insect predators

Not all bugs are bad. Many gardeners are learning to leave good bugs and tolerate a bit of plant feeding. Some of us are also using plants to attract the good guys. My colleague Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, explains more below. "There are a number of predator insects that can help us control the destructive ones," said Hentschel. "The common...

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