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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

A Coyote Discovery

"A group of University of Illinois Master Naturalists, and employees and volunteers of Parkland Foundation, found a den of coyote pups while clearing out invasive brush in the Letcher Basin," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. The employees used a large brush cutter to remove an invasive autumn olive tree and buried below the brush was a half dozen furry an...

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Understanding the Life Cycle of Native Bees

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Understanding the Life Cycle of Native Bees Most people know that the honey bee is the most economically important insect in the United States because of the pollination services it provides. "However, some of the native bees like leafcutter bees, carpenter bees and digger bees don't get the credit they deserve for contributions they make to our gardens and food crops,...

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2015 Container Garden Trends and How To's

"Knowing the basics of container gardening can help any gardener grow lush beautiful pots all summer long," says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, "and then they can get creative and follow some of the Container Garden trends of 2015." Container gardening is a necessity to most of us who live with limited outside space and little time but still want to be...

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Tree Walk Series Spring

Tree Walk Series Announced

Tree Walk at Illinois Central College Friday, May 22 1:30 p.m. Kari Houle, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, will lead a tree walk around the Illinois Central College campus in East Peoria on Friday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. Map of ICC-...

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Come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale in Eureka

Woodford County Master Gardener's Plant Sale "It is time again for the Woodford County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Eureka Library-May 16 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Stock up this spring with garden favorites like perennials, grasses, annuals, some vegetables, herbs and oddities from the garden," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Then take...

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Sign up to Create a Miniature Succulent Garden in Pontiac with Master Gardeners

Miniature Succulent Gardening University of Illinois Livingston Master Gardeners will host a highly requested program on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. entitled "Miniature Succulent Gardening" as part of the Master Gardener Summer series. The program fee is $20 and registration is required. Each attendee will receive a miniature succulent garden to explore. Please...

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Be Part of Creating the Food Forest in Bloomington

Food Forest Work Day Join University of Illinois Extension in planting the first food forest located in a city park in Illinois. You can be a part of food forest history on May 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we plant this forest at One Normal Plaza, which is located at the intersection of Beech St. and Lincoln St., in Normal. Three shifts are available with start times bet...

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Spring Sweetness: Strawberrries

Spring Sweetness: Strawberries University of Illinois Horticulture educator, Kelly Allsup says, "plant strawberry plants this spring for next year's harvest of plump juicy berries." Strawberries can be greatly rewarding and only require a few simple, timed garden tasks. Before planting bare root bundles, amend the soil with organic matter. Organic matter consist...

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