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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Beekeeping Workshop comes to Pontiac and Eureka

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

The Buzz about Bees! Are you interested in keeping bees? Are you interested in gardening to conserve bees? Are you interested in getting greater amounts of produce from your vegetable garden and orchards? If so, then you should attend the Beekeeping 101 Workshop on October 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This workshop will be held at the University of Illinois Extension...

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Why are trees dying in Illinois? by Phil Nixon

Numerous trees are dying across Illinois. It is easy to find dead and dying maples, oaks, walnuts, ash, and other trees. Many of the dying ash are due to emerald ash borer. Many of the dying pin and red oaks in southern Illinois are due to horned oak gall. But many of the dying ash, oak, and other trees are due to the season-long drought of 2012, the July-September drought of 2013, and the seve...

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Fall and Winter Tree Care by Kari Houle

URBANA, Ill. - When the cool weather of fall arrives, the desire to work outdoors is enticing. The heat and humidity of summer are past, and the changing colors of leaves are pleasing and relaxing. The impulse to clean up plants and make sure that the gardens are put to bed before snowfall can be strong, and often people pull out pruning tools and begin to prune trees too late in the season, said...

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The word about Bur Oak Blight by Travis Cleveland

Bur Oak Blight (BOB) is a fungal leaf disease caused by the pathogen Tubakia iownesis . The U of I Plant Clinic has received several BOB samples over that past month. This is a relatively newly described pathogen, identified by Dr. Tom Harrington of Iowa State University. Several species of Tubakia are known to infect oak and cause minor leaf spots. Tubakia iowensis is the...

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A trio of favorite trees

When people ask me about my favorite tree, I usually answer one of the following three because of their multiple seasons of interest states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Downy serviceberry can be grown as a multi-branched large shrub or small tree. Native to Illinois, they produce loads of white flowers in the early spring followed by...

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Digging and Storing Summer bulbs by Richard Hentschel

URBANA, Ill. - Summer bulbs add beauty to the landscape when earlier spring bulbs have long faded and flowering shrubs have turned to foliage for the season, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator."However, summer bulbs must be dug up at the end of your growing season and properly stored inside for the winter in order to have a floral display the following year," Richard Hentschel...

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Fall Gardening Tips by Ron Wolford

URBANA, Ill. - Taking a walk in cool, crisp weather, attending football games, picking apples, and choosing the perfect pumpkin are some quintessential activities for the fall, said University of Illinois horticulture educator Ron Wolford."Planting bulbs is probably the number one garden activity that takes place in the fall, but there are a number of other gardening and fall-related activities...

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Fall is here.....Time to plant shrubs

Fall is Here...Time to Plant Shrubs "Planting shrubs starting now through mid-October offers many benefits that may outweigh spring planting," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. The temperatures are cool and easier on the plants, so there is less chance for the shrub to be stressed by extreme heat. The warm temperatures of the soil and co...

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