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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

An Acknowledgement of Lichens

"What is that green stuff growing on my tree, and will it kill it?" a homeowner wonders. They are lichens, and they are not harmful to your tree but an indication that you live in an area with good air quality. It can be common to see lichens growing on trees in Illinois, but they can also grow on rocks, homes and barns.Lichens are a symbiotic combination of algae and a fungus....

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Woodford Master Gardeners win State Awards

Woodford Master Gardeners win state awards EUREKA, Ill. – The University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate Woodford County Master Gardeners, Barry Ankney, Karel Kaufman and Karen Kaufman-Dixon for their 2016 Outstanding State Master Gardener awards. The Outstanding State Award was established to honor the best of Illinois Master Gardeners. Only the top 2% of Illinois...

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Sign up today for Master Gardener Training and Volunteer Program

Sign up today for the Master Gardener training and volunteer program BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Would you like to learn about growing vegetables, landscaping, trees, insects or turf grass from the University of Illinois Extension? The Livingston, McLean and Woodford County Master Gardeners want you to join their training program this winter; they will take you on an amazing learnin...

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Two gardening tasks for Autumn

Two gardening tasks for autumn BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup recommends two essential gardening tasks to do this fall: fertilize your trees and refrain from cleaning up your perennial garden. Fall is a great time to fertilize trees; roots remain active in absorbing nutrients and water despite the leaves fa...

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Sweet Potato crop

Sweet Potato Crop Soars

It was the second week in September, and he saw the robust sweet potatoes sticking their spuds out of the soil. He had planned on harvesting the sweet potatoes later just before the first frost. However, like many vegetable growers, Reid Young, changed his harvest plan and freed the sweet potatoes from the soil early. Reid Young is a program coordinator in Local Foods for the University of I...

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McLean Master Gardener volunteers are recognized with State Master Gardener Awards

The University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate McLean County Master Gardeners Diane Boeck, Lenore Clark, Tom Creswell, Pat Epsicokhan, Lucy Kelly and Sharon O'Neall for being recognized with the 2016 Outstanding State Master Gardener award. The Outstanding State Award was established to honor the best of Illinois Master Gardeners. Only the top 2% of Illinois State Master Gardeners...

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Cathy Montgomery wins Outstanding Master Gardener Award for her service in Livingston County

The University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate Livingston County Master Gardener, Cathy Montgomery, for being recognized as a 2016 Outstanding Illinois Master Gardener. Retired school teacher turned Master Gardener volunteer; she has continued her life's work of making a difference in the community and touching the lives of our area youth through horticulture education. In h...

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Kokedama Classes in Pontiac and Eureka

Kokedama String Ball Garden Workshop Livingston County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to an exceptional make and take workshop entitled "Kokedama String Ball Gardening." The class is on Saturday, October 22 at the Livingston County Extension Office. A small registration fee of $15 is required to hear local Master Gardener, Dawn Baker, instruct attendees about her experiences with this n...

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