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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

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

Vegetable Swap at Heartline and Heart House in Eureka

Vegetable Swap at Heartline and Heart House in Eureka EUREKA, Ill. – It is time again to share the harvest with our neighbors. On Friday, July 12, beginning at 10 a.m., we will host the second annual Vegetable Swap at Heartline and Heart House at 300 Regan Drive, Eureka ( across from Eureka College ). This program is open to all who want to give or receiv...

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Hydrangeas on the Mind at Eureka Library on June 25 with Ellen Culver

  She's dynamic. She is researched, and she was born to garden. She has shared her experiences growing succulents to the Eureka Library participants and is back to share her gardening observations on growing hydrangeas. The Eureka Library will be hosting University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardener, Ellen Culver, on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a program "High on...

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  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Give a little time and attention to managing water, nutrition, and airflow, and you will have an ample harvest of garden tomatoes. One of the most common issues for home gardeners is blossom end rot, a black patch on the bottom (blossom-side) of your fruit, caused by a localized calcium deficiency when your plant gets thirsty—the nutrients aren't making it...

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National Trails Day

Get outside and Celebrate National Trails Day with us on June 1 by Sherry Thomas

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension's Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists will hold their annual Trails Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Sugar Grove Nature Center. The event is free and open to the public so plan a family outing and spend National Trails Day outside with nature. This year we have speakers, special guests and awesome ac...

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Looking to make your gardenpop? Try annual flowering vines by Brittnay Haag

  Each spring gardeners begin looking for new and colorful plants to make their garden pop. "If you are looking for a plant that grows quickly, has interesting and colorful flowers, and will add a vertical element to your garden, look no further than an annual flowering vine," said Brittnay Haag, University of Illinois Extension horticulture program educator. All of these vines are easi...

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Become a citizen scientist for pollinators with University of Illinois by Deborah Seiler

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

University of Illinois  Extension is calling all lovers of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that keep our crops and gardens growing to join scientists in tracking their distribution and habitat use across the state, from the comfort of your home, school, or community garden. I-Pollinate is a citizen-science research initiative through the ...

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Ants in the Kitchen

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Ants are thriving in my kitchen, my bathroom, and at my office. They usually enter buildings after heavy rains and persist as long as the environment is to their liking. In the kitchen, they are seeking out sweet treats, and are attracted to the moisture in the bathroom. Despite ants not causing damage to the home and being beneficial in aerating soils, they are a general nuisance and are easil...

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