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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Landscape alternatives to impatiens

University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, gives landscape Alternatives to America's Favorite Flower Impatiens The threat of a disease called downy mildew on impatiens is causing gardeners to forego their "go to" when they need a pop of color in a shady location. Impatiens has long been America's top selling annual flower because they are easy to grow. This disease ulti...

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Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

University of Illinois, Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup encourages gardeners and hikers to be wary of ticks this summer. The sunny and wet spring has caused a flush of thick growth along the forest floor and the trails of the prairies. Nature enthusiasts exploring these areas are returning home with stowaways, an arachnid that uses sticky pads on their feet to attach to your clothin...

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Growing the Perfect Tomato

University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, gives simple steps to growing the perfect garden tomato This cool wet spring has prevented gardeners from getting outside to plant there gardens but it is not too late to plant a favorite of the vegetable garden: Tomato. To achieve the bounty of this fruit follow these simple steps: -Tomatoes must be planted in at least...

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Vegetable Gardening after Memorial Day

University of Illinois Horticulturists says there is still time to plant vegetable and herb garden after Memorial Day. Most Central Illinois Gardeners in Zone 5b start planting their vegetable and herb gardens in late April and early May and are done well before Memorial Day, in a normal year. Memorial Day has come and gone and most gardeners are behind schedule and the weather has been...

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