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Read article: Enhance your Garden with Edible Landscaping Shrubs
Enhance your Garden with Edible Landscaping Shrubs
Enhance Your Garden with Edible Landscaping Shrubs  The integration of edible landscaping shrubs into Bloomington-Normal area...
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Read article: Northern Illinois (Rockford) Update: Stateline Conference recap
Northern Illinois (Rockford) Update: Stateline Conference recap
Sarah Farley and I were privileged to host again the Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference on Monday, February 19, in Rockford, Illinois....
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Read article: Time to uncover strawberries
Time to uncover strawberries
In the southern region, it is time to get prepared for uncovering strawberries in both annual plasticulture and matted row systems.  When you start...
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Read article: Cut into pomegranates with confidence
Cut into pomegranates with confidence
It’s the time of year where pomegranates appear in the produce section of the grocery store. This round fruit is about the size of a softball and has...

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Extension to offer February programs on fruit trees and small fruits
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. – Fruit trees and small fruits can add a sweet addition to your home landscape or garden. Join Extension for two free programs in February to learn how to grow a bountiful harvest of delicious fruit right outside your back door. Growing fruit trees can be a rewarding...
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Growing Great Grapes
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Grant McCarty as he presents “Growing Great Grapes” as part of the Spring Break Gardening Series. This program is taking place on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 starting at 6 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St. Elizabeth, IL...


Day Neutral Strawberries: Why Grow Annual Strawberries?


Why grow annual strawberries compared to June-bearing/perennial berries? Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator, explains reasons for his day-neutral strawberry research and what he has seen so far from last year's harvest. More conclusive recommendations will be coming in...