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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Tree Pruning Workshop on Feb. 19 in Bloomington

The popular tree pruning workshop is back, and this year will be led by Illinois State University's own Patrick Murphy. Patrick is a horticulturist and curator of the Fell Arboretum that boasts thousands of trees, including 154 different species. Patrick will demonstrate the correct pruning techniques during this hands-on workshop. The workshop will take place on Friday, February 19 at...

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Amanda Thomsen Kiss My Aster
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Popular Blogger of "Kiss My Aster" to speak at 14th Annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day

She's unassuming. She's loud. She's somewhat inappropriate -- that is, if you were thinking you were going to get gardening advice from your grandma. She describes herself as a grade below Martha Stewart and uses common sense to distill her gardening woes. Her name is Amanda Thomsen and she is one of the most popular garden bloggers of our generation. Her blog is "Kiss My Aster" --...

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Storm Damaged Trees

Damaged Tree Care My father sends a picture of the barren Texas landscape with a light dusting of snow. I return pictures of ice-laden trees glistening against the dark, cloudy sky and flooding streets. "This crazy, but typical winter weather has left homeowners with broken limbs cluttering the ground and trees in distress," states University of Illinois Extensi...

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Gnats in the Kitchen

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Kitchen Gnats "The major houseplant migration, along with the bananas that are ripening on my counter have caused fungus gnat chaos in my kitchen," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup. Flying gnats have not only populated my home but they have thrived. Another factor that may have contributed to this pest is compost...

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