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Pruning tomatoes and peppers for healthier plants and a stronger harvest

It’s that time of year again… time to plant your tomatoes and peppers and get your summer garden going! Most gardeners have grown these before, but with a few tips and tricks, you can decrease disease prevalence, increase plant health and get a better harvest. One tip: prune them both! It is recommended to prune your tomato and pepper plants at planting and during establishment, and depending on variety, throughout the harvest season as well. Of course, pruning practices differ between the two...
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CSA: What is it, and why should I care?

We have enjoyed some pleasant weather recently, and it makes me think on the coming growing season, and the abundant locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, cut flowers and everything else available at farmers markets. However, there is another way to get some of these goodies for you and yours, and that is through CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. A farm-product subscription service, with a twist CSA members pay an up-front amount to their farmer prior to...
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Do you know when to plant in Illinois?

Believe it or not, it's never too early to start making plans for this year's garden. Knowing when to plant for your area and getting your plants started right will help you maximize the growing season. When to grow? Planting dates are determined two things: the first and last frost dates where you grow, and how much time it takes for a crop to mature. Always check the plant tag or seed packet for the recommended date.   Cool-Season Vegetables: These crops grow and develop...
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Illinois Vegetable Planting - Dates, Spacing, and Seeds

Originally published by Kelly Allsup on February 11, 2020. When do I plant? Should I plant seeds or transplants? What about seed spacing? Find what works best for backyard vegetable growers in Central Illinois!         Vegetable  Seed/ Transplant  Spacing Asparagus  Crowns (roots) Place Crowns 12-18 inches apart, 6 inches deep, spread roots and cover crown bud with 2 inches of soil...
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