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Say goodbye to your tomato troubles with free master gardener event

MONTICELLO, Ill. –  You have planted tomatoes and they are ready to pick. As you reach in to grab the beautiful ripe fruit you notice a strange looking green worm with black dots. Unfortunately, it appears you have a case of tomato hornworms. Those are just one of the troubles you may encounter while growing tomatoes. Learn how to deal with them and more at Tomato Troubles.

Tomato Troubles presented by Piatt County Master Gardeners will be from noon to 1 p.m. on June 21 at Piatt County Extension, 210 S. Market St., Monticello, Ill. This free event will cover growing tips, common diseases, pests, and management techniques for tomatoes.

Register by June 20 at For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, Extension horticulture coordinator, at or call 217-762-2191.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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