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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

What Gardeners Can do about the Monarch Population?

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

The recent news of the declining monarch colonies in Mexico has many Illinois gardeners and schoolchildren worrying about the impact here in Illinois. The butterflies, which spend the winter hibernating in the forests of Mexico, occupied only 1.65 acres in December 2013 –a 44 percent drop from 2012, according to a survey done by Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Omar V...

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Wooford County Master Gardeners Partner with Eureka Public Library

Woodford County Master Gardeners Partner with Eureka Public Library Did you know Woodford County Master Gardeners won a state award for the horticulture programming they do through the Eureka Public Library? This great partnership was encouraged by former Woodford Master Gardener president Pam Terry, and has proven to be an excellent way to bring horticulture educ...

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Don't get started too early on planting seed

Don't get started too Early on Seeds University of Illinois Extension Educator, Kelly Allsup, warns gardeners with that early onset gardenitis from starting their seed too early but rather encourage using the following guidelines. Just as snow, ice, fierce wind and tough driving conditions are inevitable in Central Illinois, so is the impending spring, and you don't have to be a...

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Overwintering Illlinois Butterflies

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

While some butterflies like the monarch migrate south for the winter, most common butterlies overwinter right here in Illinois says University of Illinois educator, Kelly Allsup. They could be under a tree rolled in a leaf, or perhaps in a seed pod among the stands of native asters, goldenrods and milkweeds. Whether they are long caterpillars, in rigid chrysalis containers made for one...

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