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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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McLean County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards by Brittnay Haag

  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate the following McLean County Master Gardeners on receiving state awards at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Springfield this September. Barb Wells and Kathie Otto were recognized as 2018 Outstanding Master Gardeners in Illinois. The Outstanding Master Gardener State Award was established t...

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Livingston County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards by Brittnay Haag

Livingston County Master Gardeners Receive State Awards PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate the Livingston County Master Gardeners on receiving state awards at the Illinois Master Gardener Conference in Springfield this fall. Diana McGuckin was recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Master Gardener in Illinois. The Outstanding M...

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Woodford County Master Gardener Receives State Award Honors by Brittnay Haag

  EUREKA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate Woodford County Master Gardener, Tina Deetz for being recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Illinois Master Gardener. In her two years as a Master Gardener, Tina's volunteer services and contributions to the Master Gardener program have more than exceeded expectations for this award. The Outstanding Master G...

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Spruce Spider Mite by Sarah Hughson

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

  Now that temperatures are beginning to fall in Illinois, conditions are becoming favorable for spruce spider mite Spruce spider mites are typically active in spring and fall when temperatures are cool and become inactive during the hot summer months. Active mites will feed on various needled evergreens including spruces, pines and...

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Overwintering Tender Plants by Brittnay Haag

Overwintering Tender Plants Indoors Looking to save a little money on plants next spring? Have a plant that is special to you? Finally found the perfect shade of pink annual plant and want to keep it for next year? Now is the time to take action- bring your plants indoors before the cold weather returns by following a few easy tips! "Tender perennials, which are...

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Tree planting this fall by Kari Houle

Fall is coming, and that means it's a great time to bring home a new tree. But before they do,homeowners should repeat the mantra"right plant, right place," according to Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "If you have space for a tree that can only be 30 feet tall, don't chose a tree that is 50 feet tall and hope that you can keep it pruned 20 feet small...

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Fall is the right time to divide some perennials

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – If your garden has a vigorous perennial that has been in the garden for more than a few years, or it has started to choke out other plants and no longer looks healthy (dead centers, floppy and unable to support healthy foliage and flowers), then it may be time to divide. Dividing is also a great way for a gardener to get more of their favorite plants into their beds....

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