HILLSBORO, Ill. - Learn to keep your garden healthy and productive throughout the growing season. Four free online webinars will give practical tips about gardening, including tips on landscape safety, mulching, container gardens, and beneficial garden bugs.

The hour-long Good Growing in Illinois webinars will run from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday beginning May 6. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educators will offer research-based techniques to keep your garden productive and healthy throughout the season. 

One may register by selecting the title of each webinar below at least two days prior to the date of the training:

Accessible Edible Containers: May 6: Promoting local food can start in your backyard, patio, or even indoors. Learn to grow a variety of edibles in containers and use space efficiently. Andrew Holsinger will share some of the best cultivars for growing in containers. 

Good Bugs in the Garden: May 13: Not all insects we find in our gardens are pests. In fact, most insects aren’t pests at all. Ken Johnson will explore the most common beneficial insects and ways to attract them to your garden.

Landscape Safety: May 20: There can be hazards to working  in the yard and garden. Landscape work can involve dangerous and loud equipment, pesticides, and contact with plants and animals that may be harmful. Chris Enroth will provide safety tips everyone can use when working the yard, including hearing, eye, and sun protection; best practices for operating equipment; and using pesticides safely.

Mulching Options for the Garden: May 27: The use of mulch in flower and vegetable gardens has many benefits, such as weed prevention and soil moisture retention; however, with a dozen or more options, how do you choose one to use? Katie Parker will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of mulches available.

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that helps people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-532-3941. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.

Source: Andrew Holsinger, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator