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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Master Gardener Training

Posted by John Fulton -

If you have a desire to learn more about gardening and then share your knowledge with others than the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteer program may be for you. Applications are now being accepted from residents of Logan, Menard and Sangamon counties. Master Gardener trainees receive 60 hours of in-depth unbiased, research-based horticulture training from University of Illi...

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Posted by John Fulton -

We are into the time to plant tulips, daffodils, and other spring-flowering bulbs. Earlier might have been a little better, but we had to have some moisture in the upper area of the soil. They should be fall planted before a killing frost. That date is usually about the second week in October in our area. Plant larger bulbs six to eight inches deep, and smaller ones three to four inches deep. Mix...

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Box elder bugs and other nuisance pests

Posted by John Fulton -

The cooler nights sure make for better sleeping weather, but they are also a sure sign that fall is on the way. With the cool weather, we have quite a few insects that are looking for a warm place to be - or at least a nice, warm place for the afternoon. That brings us to nuisance pests. A nuisance pest is anything that causes us grief. Ones that I would target as nuisance pests right n...

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