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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Winter Snow and Ice Damage To Trees by Candice Miller

Here in the northwestern corner of Illinois, we got about 15 inches of snow this past weekend. This amount of snow definitely causes some road and travel problems, but what does that much snow mean for trees and shrubs? It means there is a lot of weight on the branches! Especially this particular snow, which was very wet and heavy. Heavy snow and ice storms can cause quite a bit of...

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Things are Going up with Vertical Gardening

"Vertical Gardening" is the theme for this year's Home, Lawn and Garden Show presented by the McLean County Master Gardeners. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture for the Rotary Botanical Garden in Janesville, Wis., will speak on the popular garden trend of growing plants up. His presentation will include great examples of vertical gardening at the award-winning botanical garden in Janesville....

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Beekeeping Webinar

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener Are you bee curious? Learn what it takes to keep bees in your own backyard! The Four Seasons Gardening program from University of Illinois Extension continues with the second session of the series titled, Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener. This program will take place Tuesday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the McLean County...

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Becoming a First Detector

Become an Illinois First Detector! Gain knowledge of invasive insects, plants, and viruses by attending this valuable workshop sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. "Becoming a 'First Detector' in 2014 through the University of Illinois Plant Clinic gave me the skills to properly identify emerald ash borer, thousand canker diseases on walnut trees, and the inva...

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