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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!

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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Avoid heat-related illness while working outside this summer

This blog post is written by Extension Educator Chris Enroth, 309-837-3939, cenroth@illinois.edu Landscaping and gardening is great physical exercise and studies show it's good for emotional well-being, but University of Illinois Extension educator Chris Enroth says those working outside must remain aware of the dangers associate...

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Right plant, right place

News source/writer: Jennifer Fishburn, 217-782-4617, fishburn@illinois.edu URBANA, Ill. – As gardeners, we go to the garden center, wander the aisles, and find a plant we can't live without. Then at home, we walk to our garden with plant and shovel in hand and look for a space to put our new impulse purcha...

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