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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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Japanese Beetle Grub Watch by Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Populations of adult Japanese beetle continue to be light in most of Illinois. Although leaf feeding damage on linden, crabapple, rose, and other trees and shrubs is obvious in some areas, the amount of damage is less than in most years and not as widespread. The reduced number of adult beetles should translate into fewer eggs laid in turf. The combination of fewer eggs resulting in few...

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Fall No time to stop gardening

When most gardeners are dealing with the remnants of their summer harvest and preparing the garden bed for winter, most professional vegetable growers are about to have their most productive growing season of the year: fall. The fall offers a second chance at growing cool-weather vegetables commonly planted in early spring. The cooler weather reduces disease pressures and pest outbreaks t...

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Food Forest

Local Food Systems Continue to Grow in Central Illinois A healthy local food system is like a healthy ecosystem, requiring a diverse array of partners working in collaboration to create resiliency and a high level of functionality. The University of Illinois Extension local food systems team – Bill Davison, Brian Lambert, and Amanda Christenson – is excited to announce...

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Tips for Summer floral Designs

As a hired hand in the gardening world, I would gather blooms from the recently tended landscape to create a floral arrangement for the inside of the home. The transition from gardener to floral designer seemed effortless since landscaping and floral design share common principles: repetition of colors and textures, using different sizes to create a shape, complementary color pallet and so...

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Take time to Savor the Prairie

For those of you who have never walked the prairies of Illinois in the summer when the silphiums (prairie sunflowers) are reaching for the tallest spot, the milkweeds are teeming with butterflies and the coneflowers are buzzing with bees, you are missing a piece of our Illinois history. For the ultimate opportunity toknow the beauty of our Illinois landscape, plan your prairie visit at su...

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Emerald Ash Borer in Livingston County

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

The Emerald Ash Borer Dilemma Emerald Ash borer was detected in Chenoa in 2008 by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and is part of the state of Illinois' Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine. Being part of the quarantine means that it is unlawful to transport firewood across the quarantine line into the protected area of the state for fear of spreading the larva form of the pest in ash or...

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Use Biological Chemicals in the War on Bugs

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Going organic in your vegetable plot or landscape can be easily achieved. Opting to use compost to amend the soil instead of liquid chemical fertilizers, native plants instead of highly managed plants and refraining from using chemicals like carbaryl and organophosphate are steps gardeners take to become organic. Becoming organic does not mean that gardeners are without tools to ma...

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