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Read article: Turn trash to treasure with composting
Turn trash to treasure with composting
At its core, composting is recycling organic matter into nutrient-rich soil.  Plants and other vegetative matter are broken down by decomposers such...
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Read article: Fall leaves, clean streams: Leaf management impacts water quality
Fall leaves, clean streams: Leaf management impacts water quality
Episode 57 discusses an often-overlooked aspect of maintaining water quality – the impact of fall leaf management. In this episode,...
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Read article: What can you do with pumpkins after Halloween?
What can you do with pumpkins after Halloween?
On November 4 several Illinois Extension offices will be offering pumpkin smashes with local partners in communities across the state. A pumpkin...
a cat looks out a brightly lit home at two carved and glowing pumpkins
Read article: Turn orange goo into black 'gold;' compost your pumpkins
Turn orange goo into black 'gold;' compost your pumpkins
Keep that pumpkin out of the trash. Halloween night may be filled with frights, but garbage day is where the real horror lurks. Every year,...

News Releases

A woman with her back to the camera faces a dumpster full of pumpkins as she smashes them with a bat
Have a smashing good time composting Halloween pumpkins
CHICAGO, Ill. — Jack-o’-lanterns live a short, scary life. That is unless they are catapulted, hurled, or whacked into a compost pile after spooky season is over. Green your Halloween by recycling pumpkins after the holiday at one of more than a dozen University of Illinois...
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Illinois Extension Upcoming Programs
Fall and winter are shaping up to be a busy time at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office. Listed are the programs coming up in the next few months. Register now to secure your spot! To register or for more information on any of these programs please visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw or...

Videos

Vermicomposting - Turning Leftovers into Soil

When we are asked to describe an ocean, forest, desert, or even our backyard we can give a pretty clear description about what one might find there. When asked what is under the ground, we tend to be unsure and it becomes clear how little we know about what is below our own backyards. Worms come...

Getting Started with Composting

Composting food scraps and yard waste is a positive alternative to sending the waste to the landfill or down your garbage disposal, and the results of composting provides a nutrient rich material that can be added to our gardens. Learn more about how to get started with composting by joining...

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