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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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What is that Orange Rust on my Junipers? by Travis Cleveland

Telial growth has started to emerge from overwintering Gymnosporangium rust galls. Early stages of the telial emergence are pictured above.  Three Gymnosporangium rusts commonly affect trees in Illinois landscapes: Cedar-apple rust, Hawthorn rust, and Quince rust. These pathogens require two hosts to complete their life cycles. The most damaging stage occurs on deciduous hosts withi...

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Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping Webinar Offered

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway in April. The first session of the series is titled, Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping . The program is offered on Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m -U of I Extension McLean County office (1615 Co...

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The Secret of Great Gardening Soil

A recent popular Facebook post shows a gardener starting to prepare her soil, despite being surrounded by mounds of snow. "Once spring is here gardeners start to get excited about planting; almost too excited," states University of Illinois Horticulture Extension educator, Kelly Allsup. Experienced gardeners know that working in wet soil is the worst thing that you can do and you should always...

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Harvesting Kale is so easy the Kids can do it
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Kale is Cooler than Broccoli

Cool Kale Our Local Foods and Small Farms Educator, Bill Davison, says "kale is at least 30-40 percent cooler than broccoli. The reasoning behind this prevailing statement is the ease in which it is grown and how ornamental it can be", explains University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Kale is a cool-weather crop in the sa...

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Growing Perennial Vegetables to Save Garden Dollars

Growing Perennial Vegetables to save the Garden Dollars The National Gardening Association has said a $70 investment can yield more than $650 worth of produce. "Most of this investment is needed to buy seeds and transplants of annual food crops like beans, tomatoes, peppers and squash that cannot be planted until after the frost-free date of May 10," states University...

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Growing America's Favorite Tuber-The Potato

America's Favorite Tuber Early April through middle of April is the ideal time to plant America's favorite tuber, the potato. "Growing potatoes can be an easy gardening activity while producing delicious dishes that cannot be recreated with a store bought potato," says Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Potatoes like loose soils to fo...

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