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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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Update on Spotted Wing Drosophila by Aly Bronwyn

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

As blackberry and blueberry harvests are underway and peach harvest is just starting, it seems timely to re-run Dr. Weinzierl's article on Spotted Wing Drosophila monitoring and control. His article reminds growers that SWD was trapped throughout Illinois last year, and if you had them last year, you will  very likely have them this year. If you didn't have them last year, you we...

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Japanese Beetles by Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Adult Japanese beetles have been reported in southern, central, and northern Illinois. Early control reduces damage through the six weeks that they are actively feeding as beetles are attracted to previous feeding damage. Japanese beetles feed on the upper leaf surface, eating through the epidermis and mesophyll, leaving the lower leaf surface (epidermis) intact. This lower surface is i...

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Welcome Beneficial Guests with an Insect Hotel

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Welcome Beneficial Guests to an Insect Hotel by Kelly Allsup Did you know that with minimal investment, you can open a hotel? Insect hotels offer places for beneficial insects and pollinators to survive winter's chill and to nest in spring and summer. You can use them to employ garden warriors in any flower bed, vegetable garden, or fruit orchard. Most insect hotels are...

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McLean County Master Gardeners Invite you to travel to Biltmore Estate this Summer

Tour Biltmore Estate with the Mclean County Master Gardeners BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners invite you to accompany them on a trip to the beautiful "Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, on a six day, five night tour August 21 to 26.We will spend a full day at the Biltmore Estate and Antler Village and Winery....

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Must Have Annuals for your pollinator Garden

Pollinator gardens are on trend whether you are novice or a professional. University of Illinois Extension has developed a program called Pollinator Pockets giving homeowners resources to start their own pocket gardens. They have created designs that are easy to replicate. All you have to do is find the plants and build your pollinator oasis. They utilize a mix of native perennials, non-native...

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Celebrate Herbs at Westview Park in Gridley

CELEBRATE HERBS AT WESTVIEW PARK GRIDLEY, Ill. – Interested in getting an herb garden started or expanding your knowledge on how to use the herbs you grow? Join the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners at 6:30 p.m. on June 14 at Westview Park for their free program, "A Dozen Culinary Herbs and How to Grow Them." Westview Park is locate...

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