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Warm Season Vegetables | Growing Great Vegetables

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Support for summer gardens. 

Warm season crops grow during the hottest part of the year. This session will cover how to help vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, squash, and more flourish while keeping pests at bay.

Presenters: Chris Enroth and Ken Johnson, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Ken Johnson at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

About the Series: Growing Great Vegetables

Dig in with confidence this spring with Growing Great Vegetables, a five-week webinar series that will cover how to grow a vegetable garden from seed to harvest. Log on for a weekly online workshop covering a new topic, engage with Illinois Extension horticulture experts, and receive emails with factsheets and even more research-based tips.

Each class covers a different topic and will consist of a live 50-minute webinar presentation followed by Q&A. Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants if they are unable to attend live.

Register before February 26. Cost to attend the series is $10.

Registration for the series also includes these sessions: 

Where Will You Garden? | 6 PM February 28

Build a garden using whatever space you have. Learn about traditional garden plots, raised beds, salad tables, container gardening, growing vertically, and more.

Presenters: Jennifer Fishburn, Sarah Vogel, and Chris Enroth, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators

Seed and Plant Choices | 6 PM March 7

Planning, design, and layout are key elements to successful gardening. Learn about hardiness zones, frost and freeze dates, how to order plants or seeds from a garden catalog or locally, reading and selecting seed packets, and starting plants from seed. We'll also cover soil testing and amendments, fertilizer, manures, mulch, watering, and weeding

Presenters: Jennifer Fishburn and Sarah Vogel, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators

Cool Season Vegetables | 6 PM March 14

Cool-season crops can be grown in spring or fall, each with its own characteristics and potential issues. Learn about growing and harvesting cool-season vegetables including how to manage common insect pests.

Presenters: Ryan Pankau and Ken Johnson, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators

Insects and Diseases | 6 PM March 28

New and experienced growers alike are challenged by pests, diseases, and disorders of vegetable plants. Learn about insects, diseases, and wildlife pests and how to prevent and handle them.

Presenters: Ken Johnson and Ryan Pankau, Illinois Extension Horticulture Educators