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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Letting out one secret from Gardeners' Gathering

  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Chris Enroth is this year's keynote speaker for Woodford County Master Gardeners spring celebration entitled "Gardeners' Gathering: Sharing a Growing Secret" on Saturday, April 22. Chris will be sharing landscape secrets that are necessary for a successful gardener. Have you r...

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How is your soil?

You do not need a soil test to tell you organic matter is good for your garden. Perhaps the biggest landscape mistake is not addressing the health of the soil. With all the soil tests that I have read in the last five years of being an educator, tests find around 1 to 2 percent organic matter. Experts would prefer this number be at 10 percent. Adding organic matter in the form of compos...

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Coyotes by Jason Haupt

This week we are going to look at the largest member of the dog family found in Illinois. The Coyote has a poor reputation particularly among farmers. But is this reputation truly deserved? Coyotes are relatively easy to recognize. They are about the size of a small German Shepherd, much larger than most people think, and come in a wide variety of colors and markings. They have a long b...

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Beware of these bad carrots

Wild parsnip was in the news a great deal this past summer, despite it being around for many years, because of its negative effects on naïve gardeners and hikers. The sap of wild parsnip poses a great risk to human health because sap in contact with skin in the presence of sunlight causes bad chemical burns. This condition is known as phytophotodermatitis. Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa...

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Impacts of late winter weather and tips from a Horticulturist

Insights from horticulturist during this Illinois late winter/early spring: Do not remove debris or mulch too soon as part of spring cleanup. It is a common practice to mulch in the winter to prevent frost heaving of perennials. When the plants are heaved the plant crowns are then exposed to cold weather. If the temperatures were to drop too low, this would be an issue with wheth...

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Is thaw/freeze affecting plants?

You walk out of your home ready for the day, the sun hits your face, and it is an unusually warm day for February. You rejoice. Spring is here. The next day there is a light fluffy snow hitting you in the eye. For most Illinoisans, we have become used to getting our hopes up, only to realize winter is not done with us. What does this mean for the plants in our garden? Our trees?...

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“A Day in the Garden Patch” is always a day well spent!

"A Day in the Garden Patch" is always a day well spent! PONTIAC, Ill. – Join University of Illinois Extension – Livingston County Master Gardeners on Saturday, April 8 for a morning filled with colorful plants and new gardening insights at an event we like to call "A Day in the Garden Patch." University of Illinois Extension is proud to present Patrick Murphy, horticulturist, and...

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Get the Buzz on Bees: A Backyard Beekeeping workshop in Bloomington

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Get the Buzz on Bees with Backyard Beekeeping BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension welcomes you to a day of beekeeping education connecting local beekeepers to researchers and educators from the University of Illinois. The day-length workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at the McLean County Extension Office. The local U...

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Building Extension by Kim Kidwell, Dean of the College of ACES

Kim Kidwell, Dean of the College of ACES Extension personnel facilitate the translation of many of the fantastic discoveries made at la...

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Keys to Starting a School Garden

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – School gardens have grown more popular throughout the United States. Studies have shown multiple benefits of youth learning from the school gardens. Children learn about nutrition, science, math, find inspiration in art and literature and overall get a sense of accomplishment and responsibility, says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. "I do no...

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