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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

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Gardening in Containers

By Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension For those of us that garden, winter is a time of planning. The seed catalogs arrive in our mailbox and we flip through the pages making grandiose plans for the coming growing season. In Extension, we offer educational programs prepping the backyard gardener for the coming spring. During this time, I presented about...

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Winter is for the Birds

By Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension As a gardener, I find joy in the winter months. It is a time of rest and rejuvenation. I embrace the break from the multitude of tasks that face us in the home landscape and vegetable garden during the growing season. This time of year, we can reflect on the past season, enjoying the fruits of our labors as we look...

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Amaryllis Care

By Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension One of my all-time favorite plants is the amaryllis. This plant is a very popular holiday plant, sold in many stores and often given as gifts. If you received an amaryllis as a gift I hope you have enjoyed its beautiful bell shaped blooms. There are many colors of amaryllis, red, white, pink, salmon, apricot, burgun...

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Fall Garden Tasks

October is upon us and as gardeners that means we are wrapping up the gardening season. The leaves have started to turn and will be falling soon. As we head into fall, we need to consider completing a few simple tasks outside in our lawn and garden that will help keep out garden looking good for the next season. In our perennial garden beds, most perennial plants have slowed or stopped...

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Why succulents are ideal plants

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Candice Hart, mille116@illinois.edu Succulents have long been a favorite group of plants for gardeners, for one great reason: They don't need to be watered often! For a gardener who feels watering is a chore, succulents are a dream. By definition, a succulent is a plant tha...

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Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

This blog is written by Extension Educator Jennifer Fishburn, 217-782-4617, fishburn@illinois.edu Reduce, reuse, and recycle. The three R's are part of being a good steward to the Earth. Jennifer Fishburn, a University of Illinois Extension educator, points out that it is ironic that the horticulture industry, whose goal is to b...

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The mystery lurking under the pond turns radiant

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Kelly Allsup, kallsup@illinois.edu They are the stuff of nightmares, but can make us stand in awe at their beauty. Their dark, extended bodies are poised to attack while lurking under water. They propel themselves through the water with a forceful expulsion of water through their re...

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