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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Garden Twitter Chat

Release Date: November 12, 2012 Pull Date: December 12, 2012 Twitter #gardenchat breaks attendance record University of Illinois Extension took Twitter by "storm" during hurricane #Sandy on October 29 th . Stephanie Porter, Plant Diagnostic Outreach Specialist at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic, hosted the hour long #g...

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Will your plants survive the Winter by Sandy Mason

Roll the dice. It's time to play "will my plant live outdoors through the winter?" Some plants, palm trees for example, are sure to be compost fodder after winter weather. Plants are also better able to survive winter planted in the ground as opposed to being left in pots. What are the odds for other plants? To take some of the guess work out of the plant survival lottery, plants are ra...

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Master Naturalist Graduates

Congratulations to the Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalist Class of 2012 On November 2, the Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalist class of 2012 completed their nearly 70 hours of instruction and were awarded certificates of completion of the Illinois Master Naturalist training program. The following individuals, representing McLean, Liv...

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Spotted Wing Drosophila

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Spotted Wing Drosophila The presence of the new fruit pest spotted wing drosophila ( Drosophila suzukii) has been confirmed in Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties. University of Illinois Extension Educators Kelly Allsup – Horticulture and Chris Konieczka – Local Food Systems and Small Farms, conducted a trapping program with the assistance of Master Gardeners i...

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Houseplant I.P.M.

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

I.P.M for Houseplants Whitefly Greenhouse Whitefly ( Trialeurodes vaporariorum ) and sweet-potato whitefly ( Bemisia tabaci ) are common insect pests on most houseplants because of their wide range of host preferences. A cloud of whitefly adults will swarm when the plant is disturbed. Upon closer inspection, larvae and p...

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Growing Air Plants by Candice Miller

URBANA -- Air plants may be one of the most low-maintenance indoor plants, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "With just the occasional misting or soaking, these interesting plants can thrive indoors without using any soil at all," explained Candice Miller. Air plants ( Tillandsia sp.) are a member of the Bromeliad family and are epiphytic, meaning th...

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Pollinator Gardens

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

October 29, 2012 News source: Kelly Allsup, 309-663-8306, News writer: Pollinator Gardens URBANA -- University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, encourages gardeners to plant native perennials and herbs in their garden next spring with the intention of attracting more pollinat...

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