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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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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Harvesting Kale is so easy the Kids can do it

Master Gardener Training Coming to Livingston County

The University of Illinois Extension and the Livingston County Master Gardeners invite those eager to learn about growing vegetables, landscaping, trees, insects, or community and school gardening to join their volunteer program this fall, for a mind blowing garden learning experience. The Master Gardener training program meets every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., starting August...

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Potatoes in straw bales

Potatoes: Bales into Bushels

Whether you have grown potatoes for years or never grown a fresh potato in your life, growing them in a straw bale is an easy choice. Imagine pounds of beautiful fresh tubers that are crisper and tastier than any grocery store finds, all for less than the price of a bag of soil. Growing potatoes in straw beds is not new, but growing them in a bale placed on a driveway...

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Sharing a growing secret at Gardeners' Gathering this April

  Join the Woodford County Master Gardeners on Saturday, April 21 for a morning filled with lots of fun as we unlock secret gardening tips in a celebration entitled "Gardeners' Gathering: Sharing a Growing Secret," in Germantown Hills. Universityof Illinois Extension is proud to present Patrick Murphy, horticulturist, and curator of Fell Arboretum on the campus of Illinois State...

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Snow, Rain, and Onions

I was going to write about preparing the garden bed, but then it snowed. Then I thought I could write about seeding in the snow, and then it melted. This weather has been cruel keeping me indoors. According to the Illinois State Water Survey: Illinois Climate Network, the temperature of our soil is above 40 degrees , and many...

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