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Take care of a few details now to prepare for spring garden season

MONTICELLO, Ill. – The seasons change so quickly. In a blink of an eye, summer is gone, and fall has arrived. Before too long, spring will be poking out through the remnants of winter. It will be time to plant vegetable gardens and flower beds. This can be a daunting task. Take certain steps now to help ensure a successful gardening season.

“Fall is the perfect time to begin garden preparations for next year. Taking care of a few details now means fewer chores, pests, and problems in the spring,” says Beth Miglin, horticulture Extension coordinator. “This workshop will walk you through a fall garden checklist that gives tips and a guide for fall gardening tasks.”

Fall Garden Workshop will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Piatt County Extension, 210 S. Market St., Monticello, Ill. This free workshop covers garden planning, landscape cleanup, spring bulbs, garden tools, leaves and compost, and container plants.

Register by Oct. 17 at or call 217-762-2191. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin 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