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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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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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Say yes to being healthy. Find out which 12 vaccines are most commonly recommended for adults and children.
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STERLING, Ill. — The lifelong well-being of every Illinois resident is central to the Illinois Extension mission. In northwestern Illinois, a new educator has joined the statewide effort to provide programming that promotes positive health practices.

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URBANA, Ill. — Improving public policy to meet the needs of underserved communities requires developing a deep understanding of the specific economic, environmental, and social challenges those communities face.

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URBANA, Ill. — A tick bite can happen anywhere: a park, your backyard, a farm field. The uncertainty can be scary. Do you pull it out? How? What do you do with the tick? What if you get sick?

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Do you like growing new things in the garden? Then come grow along with us! On this week’s Good Growing Podcast, we roll out our newest project, the Good Growing Grow Along. We’ve selected six new plants/cultivars to grow in our gardens, and you can grow them along with us. We also discuss...
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