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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Growing Indoor Herbs by Rhonda Feree

"As we enter the depth of winter it may seem hard to think of gardening, but actually gardening is a year-long adventure." "Indoor winter gardens are fun and therapeutic", says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. "Edible indoor gardens are also useful." An indoor edible garden composed of herbs actually brings the garden inside and relieves the wi...

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Growing a Pineapple Top by Rhonda Feree

"Pineapple is not only delicious, but also makes a great houseplant." Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, describes how to do this using the top off of a whole pineapple. Pineapple is a tropical fruit from tropical America and has that unique taste that many people really enjoy. "To learn more about the pineapple, try growing your own." "Amateur g...

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Seed Starting 101

Starting Your Garden Seed Indoors University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, states there are added benefits to starting your garden seed indoors. Garden seed started indoors has a higher germination rate, produces more uniform growth when placed in the garden, is cheaper, offers better selection and can give you a jump start on the growing season....

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