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Gardening Tips on YouTube

When you need advice from a gardening expert but a trip to the gardening store isn't convenient, check out the University of Illinois Extension channel on YouTube.

Visit for practical advice on a wide variety of gardening topics and more.

"Everything from pruning to mulching to specific varieties of plants, trees and shrubs is covered on the site," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist and director of its websites.

"We have almost 400 videos available and recently have been adding several new contributors." "This fall, we are beginning a series with Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship." "His release is on What is the Heat Index and it begin a series on videos about the weather." "The next release will be on the wind chill."

Other new contributors are Suzanne Bissonnette and Stephanie Porter of the U of I Plant Clinic with six videos in a series called News from the Plant Clinic. They are discussing several disease and pest problems that have been coming into the Plant Clinic. Their most recent release is about Oak Wilt.

"This is up-to-date information that reflects growing conditions in Illinois," Scherer explained. "The videos provide quick summaries of a particular topic and what the home gardener can do."

Scherer noted that the videos are prepared by U of Extension horticulture specialists and educators.

The most popular video this season is "What is wrong with my tomato plant?" But there are videos on just about every imaginable question faced by the home gardener or landscaper, she added.

"We also have videos that take food growing to the next level," says Scherer. Mary Liz Wright, Extension Educator, Nutrition has a series called What's Cooking with Mary Liz Wright. She currently has 14 videos on various cooking and food preparation practices.

Visit the University of Illinois Extension YouTube channel today to learn something new.

Original source: Jane Scherer, Extension Specialist, Urban Programming/Web Coordination,

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