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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Should you grow grass under Trees?

One thing I constantly get asked when assisting with the Master Gardener help desks, is "How do I grow grass under a tree?" The answer usually is, "You don't grow grass under trees." It can be very difficult to create a nice-looking stand because most grasses need sun to grow and the roots of trees (especially if they are shallow) will steal the water and nutrients. The solution...

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Strawberries Revisited

Spring Sweetness: Strawberries Strawberry Facts 1. It takes 15-60 visits from pollinators for one plump strawberries. Adding pollinators to the garden can increase yield by over 500%. 2. Strawberry plants decline in quality and production after a few years so are typically replanted. 3. Strawberries are picked with part of the s...

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Bald Eagle by Jason Haupt

The Bald Eagle has inspired feelings of majesty and strength long before it became the symbol of the United States. This bird looks strong and powerful and awe inspiring when in flight or sitting on a perch. The way that the Bald Eagle looks makes it easy to see how it was chosen as the national emblem of the United States, though long before the birth of this nation, it was a strong spiritual...

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Ginny Hodgson from Ball Horticulture to Speak at Gardener's Gathering

Please join Ginny Hodgson and the University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners at the "Gardeners' Gathering" from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16 at the Great Oaks Community Church, located at 515 Rt. IL-116 in Germantown Hills. Past participants have said this is the best gardening event in Woodford County, so registration will fill up quickly. A $20 registration f...

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Red-Tailed Hawk by Jason Haupt

One of the most prolific birds of prey seen in Illinois is the Red -tailed Hawk. They are frequently seen along roadsides perched in trees, on light poles, and fence poles. When you see a hawk, you are most likely seeing a Red -tailed Hawk. Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with rounded wings and short tails. There are several "morphs" of the Red-tailed Hawk, but they are most commonly b...

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Ella Maxwell at A Day in the Garden Patch hosted by Livingston County Master Gardeners

Ella Maxwell of Hoerr Nursery to Present at 'A Day in the Garden Patch' Please join Ella Maxwell and the Livingston County Master Gardeners in welcoming spring with an educational workshop entitled 'A Day in the Garden Patch' from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9 at the University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Office at 1412 South Locust Stree...

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Try these Exotic Vegetables in the Garden This year

Would you like to try growing something new in your vegetable garden this year? "These unusual but elegant vegetables are sure to give you restaurant-quality meals throughout the summertime," claims University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Haricot verts are long, graceful and lean beans that grow between 4 to 6 inches long. One plant of these...

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Master Gardener Karen Kaufman-Dickson and Master Naturalist Douglas Kafman-Dickson prune a Viburnum Bush at Illinois State University
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Mitigating Storm Tree Damage Workshop at Eureka Library

Mitigating Winter Damage to Trees and Woody Shrubs workshop Please join the University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners for a hands-on workshop titled Mitigating Winter Damage to Trees and Woody Shrubs on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka Public Library. Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy will lead this workshop just in time for you to learn the...

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