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Growing your own food brings many rewards. Start planning your garden now to maximize both your garden space and the growing season. Find expert tips on planning, planting, growing, and managing a great garden, and look over resources to help you know when to plant vegetables in each Illinois plant hardiness zone.



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Grow Your Food Business

Learn about the laws, certifications, processes, and practices required to run a home-based cottage food operation safely and legally in Illinois.
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Be Safe with Firewood

More people are using firewood as a supplemental heating source. Illinois Extension has safety tips for choosing and burning firewood for your home.
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Don't Get Sick this Winter

Say yes to being healthy. Find out which 12 vaccines are most commonly recommended for adults and children.
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