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Read article: New Hardiness Zone Map changed some of our local zones
New Hardiness Zone Map changed some of our local zones
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map has been updated to reflect temperature data collected over the last 30 years. This new map version used GIS technology...
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Read article: Gardeners' BIG Day 2024 is a great place to learn for gardeners of all experience levels
Gardeners' BIG Day 2024 is a great place to learn for gardeners of all experience levels
Join us for the 21st Gardener’s Big Day 9 am to 4:30 pm on April 13, 2024 at Spoon River College in Canton, IL. Registration begins February 1, 2024...
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Read article: How to try winter sowing
How to try winter sowing
Winter is a time to stow away your gardening tools, put your gardens to bed, pack away your gloves and dream of warmer weather, counting down the...
Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success raised garden beds with variety of annual vegetable crops
Read article: Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success
Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success
With a new year comes opportunities for a new start… especially in the garden. As we look through seed catalogs, past garden records, and develop...

News Releases

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Discover Culinary Delights with Cooking Classes at Local Libraries
Thomson Library and Mt. Carroll Library are delighted to present a delectable series of cooking classes hosted by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro from Carroll County Master Gardeners. Embrace the joys of Cooking with Vegetables and unlock the secrets of creating savory dishes with Spinach and...
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Get inspired to get growing at regional garden days
URBANA, Ill. — Imagine picking fresh fruit off a tree in your backyard. Or snipping fresh herbs from a potted plant growing on your windowsill for a family meal. Gardening is an adventure, and each spring is a new opportunity to grow. Whether your garden is a few houseplants by a window...
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Kendall County Master Gardeners host free seed swap
YORKVILLE, Ill. – Get free seeds and free advice to plan your 2024 gardens at the seventh annual Kendall County Master Gardener Community Seed Swap on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Yorkville. “Seed Swap participants can choose from a variety of free seeds, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, and...

Videos

Starting a Garden: Seed Starting Basics

 

Are you new to starting your own vegetable garden seeds? Doing it yourself can save you money and get you involved with the food you eat from seed to harvest. In this video, Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth demonstrates seed starting while at home during the...

Themed Gardens: Design with Kids in Mind

 

Foster the love of gardening with the youth in your life by creating theme gardens. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Brittnay Haag as she shares ideas and tips for creating a special place for your young, hands-on learner to grow, explore, and be creative. Whether it’s at...