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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

In the far Northwest Corner of Illinois, gardening is a very popular pastime! Get your info here!

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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To Spray or Not To Spray in the Garden

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Martha A. Smith, smithma@illinois.edu Stop and think before grabbing a bottle of pesticide to control garden pests. That's the message University of Illinois Extension educator Martha Smith wants to convey to gardeners this season. "Integrated Pest Management stresses monito...

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Common Garden Tomato Problems

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Martha A. Smith, smithma@illinois.edu Now that summer has arrived, gardeners are noticing problems with their tomatoes. There are a number of diseases affecting Illinois-grown tomatoes, says University of Illinois Extension educator Martha Smith, but the most common are early blight...

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Growing Herbs in Containers

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Kari Houle, 217-357-2150, khoule@illinois.edu   Got a green thumb but inadequate space or sun for an in-ground garden? Container-grown herbs may be the answer, according to University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Kari Houle. With the right size container and ap...

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Blackberry and Raspberry Summer Tipping

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Andrew Holsinger, 217-532-3941, aholsing@illinois.edu   Blackberry and raspberry gardeners can achieve a huge boost in berry yield by learning a technique known as tipping, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Summer is a time for...

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