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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Going Organic Doesn't Mean Pesticide Free

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup says managing pests organically is easily achieved with biological pesticides. Becoming organic does not mean that gardeners are without tools to manage garden pests; biological chemicals are commonly available in garden centers and derived from naturally occurring sources. These biological chemicals are safer for the...

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The Brass Tacks of Boxwoods in Your Illinois Landscape

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Boxwoods want intermediate sun or shade. In full shade, they may not be as vigorous and have a looser shape. In full sun, they may scorch in our hot summers or bronze in the wintertime. Do not prune until after the chance of frost has past unless you are trying to control previous year's pest issues. Boxwood have shallow roots, so instead of planting ground covers or annuals aro...

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2018 McLean MG Help Desk Hours

McLean Master Gardeners doing what they do best

Master Gardeners are on the Garden Beat again BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners help thousands of local gardeners with their gardening questions each year. Questions range from the identification of plant, weeds, and insects, to tree problems and tips to growing vegetables and fruits in your landscape. While some...

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What to Know Before You Grow: Blueberries

Blueberries don't like most of the soils in Central Illinois. It's some of the best soil in the world, but for blueberries we have to make amendments that you can easily manage in your backyard. Our soil may be alkaline, but don't call us basic. Blueberries require acidic soil. They prefer a pH of 4.8 to 5.2, which is below our average soil pH of 5.5 to 7.0 in most places in Central Ill...

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Livingston MG Help Desk Hours

Don't Forget Livingston Master Gardeners are there to help with gardening woes

Spring into action with Livingston County Master Gardeners Help Desk hours PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners will open their Walk-In Help Desk for the 2018 growing season this week. The Help Desk is located at the University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Office ( 1412 South Locust, Pontiac ). Volunteers...

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