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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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Fire in the Garden by Chuck Voigt

Capsicum: Herb of the Year 2016 Charles E. Voigt Fire University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Department of Crop Sciences W-503 Turner Hall, Urbana IL 61801 (217) 333-1969 - Fax (217) 244-3469 When the author was a young 4-H vegetable gardener, hot peppers were something exotic, not somet...

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Avoid mosquitoes this summer

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Avoid mosquito bites this summer with tips from University of Illinois Extension BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Nothing will ruin your summer barbecues, evening gardening tasks or strolls through the woods like the feared mosquito. "It doesn't take more than one bite to get me running into the house, leaving the fun behind," University of Illinois Horticulture Extension Educator Kelly...

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Jumping Worms in Illinois by Diana Plewa

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

A new invasive species, jumping worm ( Amynthas spp.), was identified in Illinois in 2015. By the end of the year these worms had been confirmed in three northern counties: Cook, DuPage, and McHenry. A worm from far southern Illinois in Williamson County was examined at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic and confirmed as a jumping worm, drastically increasing the range of this worm...

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Propagating Heirloom plants at Sarah's Garden

Learn plant propagation techniques at Sarah's Garden BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Propagating plants can be one of the most exciting tasks a gardener can do. The University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners invite you to learn about propagation techniques at the historic Sarah's Garden. Join them at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington....

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Peppers by Bill Davison

Herb of the Year: Pepper Celebration with McLean Master Gardeners on July 16

Join the McLean County Master Gardeners to celebrate the 2016 Herb of the Year BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – And the 2016 Herb of the Year is – peppers! The University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners are ready to celebrate! Join them 9:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Illinois State University Horticulture Center, where the Master Gardeners will utilize their recently planted herb garden...

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Heat Stress by Dave Robson

Few people like 90+ degree temperatures. Plants aren't far behind. On hot days, plants can lose water faster than roots absorb it, even if sufficient soil moisture is available. In these conditions, you can watch the plants wilt, leaves droop, and stems seem to flop. If the soil is moist, the plants start to recover as the sun sets. By morning, they look turgid, only to begin the cycle again wh...

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Cow Parsnip Dan Busemeyer
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Wild Parsnip or Dangerous Carrots According to Rhonda Feree

These dangerous carrots cause photo-dermatitis. Cow parsnip, wild parsnip, and giant hogweed contain an allergen that is activated by sunlight to cause rash, blisters, or other skin irritations in susceptible people. Cow Parsnip ( Heracleum lanatum ) is a native plant that can reach eight feet tall. Like the hemlocks, its flowers are white, but cow parsnip flowers are larger, gro...

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Master Gardeners at Eureka Library on July 11

Woodford County Master Gardeners offer gardening help desk EUREKA, Ill. – Is there a problem with your yard or garden? Are pests and weeds concerning you? The University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners' Help Desk offers the community a unique opportunity to bring in your gardening questions and receive well-researched answers. The next walk-in help des...

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Eat broccoli every three days: Latest research from University of Illinois researcher Dr. Jack Juvik

URBANA, Ill. – Love it or hate it, broccoli is touted as a superfood, offering an array of health benefits. And it's about to get even more super. University of Illinois researchers have identified candidate genes controlling the accumulation of phenolic compounds in broccoli. Consumption of phenolic compounds, including certain flavonoids, is associated with a lower risk...

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