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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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Strawberries Revisited

Strawberries: Signs of spring University of Illinois, Horticulture educator, Kelly Allsup says "plant strawberry plants this spring for next year's harvest of plump juicy berries." Strawberries can be greatly rewarding and only require a few simple timed garden tasks. Before planting bare root bundles, amend the soil with organic matter. Organic matter consisting of plant and an...

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What must an Illinois gardener know before planting blueberries.

  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. Get a soil test done to determine your pH and the soil testing company will send you recommendations on how to amend the soil. If the soil is not acidic enough the blueberry plants will not grow well and leaves may turn yellow. They may suggest elemental sulfur that is bes...

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"What's Wrong With My Tree?" Series: Common Problems and Solutions

You are invited to attend these in-person hands on workshops designed to help you better able answer questions from the public. All the workshops will be at the Bloomington Extension office and start at 1:00. Sessions will run 60-90 minutes. The public is  invited. The Extension office receives an extensive amount of questions regarding tree health, including the not so simple question,...

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Spring into Action with Livingston County Master Gardeners Help Desk on May 2nd

Spring into Action with Livingston County Master Gardeners Help Desk PONTIAC, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension Livingston County Master Gardeners will open the walk-in Help Desk for the 2019 growing season on Thursday, May 2. The Help Desk is located at the Livingston County Extension Office [ 1412 South Locust, Pontiac ] or by calling them at (815...

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When Magnolia blooms scout for Spruce Spider Mite, Zimmerman Pine Moth and Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Spruce Spider mite – Problem Feed on needled evergreens and most active during the spring. Damage appears as stippling as mites feed on chlorophyll. Heavily attacked foliage will turn brown. – Detection Hosts are Juniper, pine, douglas fir, fraiser fir, and larch. Spend the summer as eggs, hatch ag...

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