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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Hoverflies not sweat bees

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Walking in the Illinois State University Horticulture Center garden this week, I see the hover flies (aka syrphid flies or flower flies) are covering any nectar-producing flower in droves. These flies, commonly mistaken for bees are one of our most prolific pollinators in the Illinois garden. In addition to their pollinator services, their larvae are ferocious meat eaters. Hover flies are excel...

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Join Master Gardeners. Teach gardening in your community.

Join Master Gardeners. Teach gardening in your community. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization with the University of Illinois Extension that gives back to the community through gardening and horticulture education. The newest project came about one year ago at the Flanagan Public Library with an idea for a pollinator...

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The big Wasps of summer

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Cicada Killers and the Great black wasp may have already started menacing gardener. However menacing they are in their façade, they are just simply trying to get some nectar from the flowers. About this time of year, inquiries from the public start to flood Master Gardener ran help desks because they start emerging from their winter homes that are nests underground. Cicada killers are s...

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Plant Propagation Workshop at Sarah's Garden on July 28

Add a little of Sarah's Garden to your backyard landscape with exclusive Propagation Workshop BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon, the University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners will be conducting a Plant Propagation Workshop at the award-winning and city treasure, Sarah's Garden at the David Davis Mansion. Many of the plants pro...

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Fruit tree pruning Tip bearer Shirley Blackburn
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Woodford Master Gardeners Information Booth back at Eureka Public Library on July 2

  EUREKA, Ill. – At the Eureka Public Library Woodford County Master Gardener information booth, there has been lots of talk about rejuvenating old dilapidated apple orchards and buzzwords such as Emerald Ash borer. Even though the Illinois Department of Agriculture detected Emerald Ash borer in Chenoa in 2008 and Woodford County was part of the state of Illinois' Emerald Ash Bo...

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Back by popular demand: Master Gardener Training in Pontiac this fall

Master Gardener Training opportunity coming to Livingston County PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension and Livingston County Master Gardeners invite those eager to learn about growing vegetables, landscaping, trees, insects, or community and school gardening to join their volunteer training program this fall, for a mind-blowing garden learning experience....

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Going Organic Doesn't Mean Pesticide Free

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup says managing pests organically is easily achieved with biological pesticides. Becoming organic does not mean that gardeners are without tools to manage garden pests; biological chemicals are commonly available in garden centers and derived from naturally occurring sources. These biological chemicals are safer for the...

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