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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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More to monarch decline than just milkweed

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

More to it than just the Milkweed BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Most Illinois gardeners believe that the cause of declining monarch butterfly populations is due to the lack of milkweed in the summer breeding areas of our state. However, research done by the Illinois Natural History Survey, plant ecologists, Greg Spyreas and David Zaya is proving there may be more to the story tha...

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University of Illinois Plant Clinic

University of Illinois Plant Clinic Given the current weather patterns affecting Illinois and the Midwest, it seemed timely to include a reminder about the services offered through the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. Excessive rain and unseasonably cool temperatures will undoubtedly create an increase in disease and nutrient issues for growers to mitigate. Half of the battle...

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Monarch Population Surprises - by Chip Taylor (Monarch Watch)

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Monarch Population Surprises - by Chip Taylor ---------------------------------------------------------------- Those of us who are educators, and who follow monarchs closely, are being educated by the monarchs themselves this spring. The movement and behavior of monarchs returning from Mexico has been unprecedented. I'll save the details for a longer Status of the Population tha...

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Sand Wasps by Phil Nixon

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Sand wasps have similar habits to the cicada killer, but they occur earlier in the spring, with other species common later in the growing season. There are several species, ranging in size from 1/2 to almost 1 inch long. They are dark-colored, slender wasps with one or more contrasting gray to reddish bands. Adults feed on flower nectar, pollinating plants in the process. Female...

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It's tomato time at the Eureka Library on May 23rd

Time to Learn how to produce Tip Top Tasty Tomatoes Fresh sun ripened tomatoes are an essential ingredient in many garden inspired recipes: Pico de Gallo, Caprese salad, and salsa. In these dishes, a store purchased tomato simply will not do. These tomatoes have been chilled, thawed, stored, handled, and potentially sprayed with chemicals. For this reason, most of you have not only opte...

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Boxwood Blight Look-Alikes by Phil Nixon, Diane Plewa and Travis Cleveland

With the recent detections of boxwood blight in Illinois, the importance of scouting landscapes and new plants for the disease is greater than ever. Boxwood blight can be a challenging disease to identify outside a plant diagnostic laboratory. Many of the symptoms associated with the disease are similar to other common boxwood disorders. One major difference between boxwood blight and its...

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Boxwood Blight by University of Illinois Plant Clinic Diagnostician Diane Plewa

Boxwood blight has been confirmed in three locations in Illinois as of April 2017. This is a serious fungal disease, and the pathogen is regulated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. In late 2016, two boxwood samples were submitted to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. Both samples came from northeastern Illinois (Lake and Cook counties) and both were from recent landsc...

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Woodford County Master Gardener Plant Sale in Eureka

Woodford County Master Gardener Plant Sale Coming Soon! Eureka, Ill. – It is time again for the Woodford County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Eureka Library! The plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 20. "Stock up this spring with garden favorites like perennials, grasses, annuals, some vegetables, herbs, and oddities for the garden" states Univers...

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