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Read article: Seed Stratification: How to get seeds from native perennials to grow
Seed Stratification: How to get seeds from native perennials to grow
Seed starting is a widespread indoor gardening activity this time of year.  It can be a great way to satisfy your gardening desires while...
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Read article: 3 ways to prune perennials for longer lasting blooms
3 ways to prune perennials for longer lasting blooms
Pruning perennial flowers takes a garden from looking fair to fabulous. Deadheading, cutting back, and pinching are all pruning techniques that can...
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Read article: Yarrow earns top honor as Herb of the Year
Yarrow earns top honor as Herb of the Year
Grow a champion garden with award-winning plants. A plant showcasing a long season of showy blooms that is also drought tolerant, deer resistant,...
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Read article: Zoning in: USDA updates hardiness map
Zoning in: USDA updates hardiness map
1/12/2024: For the latest on this topic,...

News Releases

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Helpline answers Home Gardening Questions
Have a gardening question?  The Master Gardener Helpline at the University of Illinois Extension is open for the season. Designed to help the home gardener with their questions, the helpline is staffed with Master Gardener volunteers who will provide a research-based...
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Agriculture field day set to explore, address carbon market questions
URBANA, Ill. — The carbon market is an emerging entity and buzzword in the agriculture industry. Every day, different programs are being presented to farmers, landowners, and researchers, creating a lot of questions around carbon and farm operations. “It is a vital time to bring...
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Four Seasons Gardening series ushers in the fall season with care
URBANA, Ill. — As seasons shift, take care and fall into gardening with ease. Find healing, growth, and how adding a little planning keeps the mind going and growing. Explore how to keep the season alive with tips for dividing perennials, continuing self-growth, and healing with time...

Videos

How to Grow Garlic

Garlic is a popular herb used in a wide variety of dishes and cuisines, but often overlooked when it comes to planting home gardens. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Ken Johnson demonstrates how to grow this easy to grow plant.

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Shiba 'Shibu' Kar

Assistant Dean: Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Program Leader. Associate Director of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant