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Dealing with Aphids in the Garden

Aphids are a common garden pest found on a wide variety of plants in the garden.

 

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Q & A in the Vegetable Garden

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Gardeners need basic tools: hoes, trowels, gloves, etc. No tool is as essential as a resilient spirit. We vacillate from grandeur and glory to headache and heartbreak all in one season and sometimes all in one day. Just about the time we think we have it figured out, the game and the players change. Here are a few common questions (or personal growth opportunities) about growing a vegetable garden.

 

The Homeowners Column: University of Illinois Extension

 

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Teaching Kids about Water Conservation

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Did you know there is as much water in the world today as there was millions of years ago? Actually, it is the very same water recycled through the hydrologic cycle.

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Pollinator Live: A Distance Learning Adventure

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Pollinator Live: A distance learning adventure for grades 4-8.

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Food Gardening: Gardening with Children

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As the saying goes, more than a seed is planted in a garden. Children can learn not just about how natural systems work in a garden—what critters and plants live where and what do they need to survive, but also about themselves.

 

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Pruning and Staking Tomatoes

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The main goal of pruning and staking tomatoes is to keep fruits off the ground, protect the fruit from sunburn and get a decent crop.

 

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The Private Life of Plants, Growing, Photosynthesis at work

The Private Life of Plants, Growing, Photosynthesis at work | School Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Leaves are the food making factories for all plants.

 

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Composting Central

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Resources for the composting of yard and garden waste, livestock manure and food scraps.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Pumpkins

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Pumpkin is a warm-season vegetable that can be grown throughout much of the United States. Besides being used as jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween, pumpkins are used to make pumpkin butter, pies, custard, bread, cookies and soup.

 

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School Garden Wizard

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A comprehensive guide to school gardening from the US Botanic Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Marking Seed Rows With Sand

Using sand to mark your rows is a great way to keep track of where your seeds are planted.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Tomatoes

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Hundreds of varieties of tomatoes are now available for the home gardener. They range widely in size, shape, color, plant type, disease resistance and season of maturity.

 

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Flowers On Vine Crops

Make sure you know the difference between the male and female flowers on your vine crops.

 

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Heat Brings Problems for Vegetables

Heat Brings Problems for Vegetables | School Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Bad tempers and bad hair. High electrical bills and low motivational ills. Just a few of our symptoms from too much time spent in too much heat. Our garden vegetables also suffer from outrageous heat.

 

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School Gardening: Impacts, Benefits,Student Development

Gardening is a valuable tool for a variety of settings and content areas.

 

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Webcast: The Insect Zoo in Your Schoolyard

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One out of every three bites of food arrives on our tables as the result of a pollinator. What is pollination and how does it work?

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Green Thumbs: Teaching Garden Project Hopes to Instill Good Habits at a Young Age

Green Thumbs: Teaching Garden Project Hopes to Instill Good Habits at a Young Age | School Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Obesity rates are climbing and threatening the health of millions of children. The American Heart Association’s Teaching Garden program is designed to encourage students to be aware of what they are eating and make healthy choices.

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National Junior Horticulture Association

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A national program that helps young people develop skills in and obtain an understanding of horticulture.

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Winter Squash: Easy to Grow and Good for You

Winter Squash: Easy to Grow and Good for You | School Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Winter squash are easy to grow, have high nutritional value, and some kinds store well for several months.

 

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Watch Me Grow Program

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Decatur, IL preschoolers stretched out on their blankets in Garman Park, happily listening to Sierra Brown of Golden Oldies Farm in Macon and approaching her to taste-test the carrots, snow peas and greens she brought along. The Watch Me Grow Program hopes to teach kids about planting and eating fresh veggies.

 

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 18-24. Find and plan Pollinator Week Events in your area.
Write your Governor to proclaim Pollinator Week in YOUR state. Download free resources, and more!

 

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Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow

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A guide on how to begin and maintain a school garden.

 

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Tricks For Sowing Small Seed

Here's a few helpful tips for planting those tiny seeds.

 

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Your Guide to Growing Peppers

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The sweet varieties of peppers, especially the bells, traditionally have been by far the most popular in the United States. They are eaten green or ripe and are used for salads, stuffing, soup, stews, relishes and pickling. New developments in color and form have done nothing to dull the popularity of sweet peppers. Hot pepper varieties have also enjoyed a rebirth of popularity recently, mainly due to various ethnic cuisines that use their unique flavors and heat creatively.

 

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Maintain Broccoli for Late Season Harvests

After you have harvested the main head of broccoli, you can still maintain the plant to harvest smaller heads as the season progresses.

 

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