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Everything you need to know about the fall season from the University of Illinois Extension
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Fall Foliage Sweeps the Nation

Fall Foliage Sweeps the Nation | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

As temperatures fall, more leaf colors are emerging across the mid-Atlantic. With the changing colors comes leaf watchers and pumpkin pickers.

 

Washington Post

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Brilliant Fall Foliage in D.C.

Brilliant Fall Foliage in D.C. | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Noticing the leaves starting to change around the region?  Get ready for some spectacular colors over the next few weeks.

 

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A Garden To-Do List for Fall

A Garden To-Do List for Fall | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

I used to think spring was the busiest time of year in the garden, but after reviewing my list of fall chores I am not so sure any more.

 

Chicago Tribune

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Fall Leaves: "Ideal Conditions" Seen for Foliage in U.S.

Fall Leaves: "Ideal Conditions" Seen for Foliage in U.S. | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

There may be one upside to this year's dry summer—a brilliant fall foliage season in parts of the United States.

 

National Geographic

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Up, Up, and Away

Up, Up, and Away | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Fall color from a hot air balloon

 

The Garden Professors - WSU Extension

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Pumpkins, Parties and Franken Plaza: Chicagoween 2012

Pumpkins, Parties and Franken Plaza: Chicagoween 2012 | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

The city of Chicago always has a great line up of activities and events suitable for kids of all ages, adult kids included. I took some time to surf the net and pull together a list of the coolest events I could find. Without further adieu, here's the list of fun fall weekend activities in the Chicagoland area during the month of October:

 

Chicago Tribune

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What Causes Earth's Seasons?

It's a hot time for some cool science. And I'm telling you, you won't find a better visual for how seasons occur. This'll clear it up.

 

Ignite Learning

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Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkins

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkins | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Top ten ways to eat pumpkin.

 

 

Fruits & Veggies More Matters

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5 Sensational Fall Festivals

5 Sensational Fall Festivals | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Autumn is here, and with it comes much more than beautiful foliage -- it also brings a bounty of festivals that will engage all ages.

 

NBC News

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Drought, Early Spring Affect Illinois Fall Color

Drought, Early Spring Affect Illinois Fall Color | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Brilliant red, yellow and orange fall colors are popping up over Illinois but state horticulture experts aren't sure how long leaves will hold the hues this season after a summer drought.

 

State Journal-register

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Tips for Taking the Best Halloween Pictures

Tips for Taking the Best Halloween Pictures | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Follow these tips to make the most of those after-dark shot and even scare up a few ghosts.

 

USA Today

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Colorful Autumn Leaves - Predicting and Planning

Colorful Autumn Leaves - Predicting and Planning | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Passionate gardeners possess a perpetual bend at the waist. We look, we weed, we plant. We don't stand erect until autumn. The trees we barely noticed all summer grab us by the nose in fall and say "hey look at me!" As winter approaches the green chlorophyll in leaves steps aside to let the yellows and reds take center stage. Unlike the vivid colors of flowers that attract pollinators, changes in leaf color appear to have no biological importance. It's just a happy by-product of seasonal shift.

 

The Homeowners Column - University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties

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Fall Color: Dolly Sods Wilderness in WV

Fall Color: Dolly Sods Wilderness in WV | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

The Real-Time Images section features air quality conditions from FS monitoring locations throughout the U.S. Digital images are updated every fifteen (15) minutes. Where provided, air quality data and meteorological data are updated hourly.

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High Winds will Shorten Wisconsin's Fall Foliage Season

High Winds will Shorten Wisconsin's Fall Foliage Season | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

UNDATED (WSAU)  Strong winds have shortened Wisconsin’s fall color season. There’s still time to enjoy the majestic red, yellow, and green trees – but today might be one of your ...

 

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Falling for Autumn Slideshow

Falling for Autumn Slideshow | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Explore the slideshow 'Falling for autumn' on NBCNews.com...

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A Gentler Way to Decorate the Halloween Pumpkin

A Gentler Way to Decorate the Halloween Pumpkin | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Never mind the gruesome Freddy Krueger masks, creepy front lawn "graveyards" and scary-sounding soundtracks.

 

Chicago Tribune

 

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Fall for Ornamental Grasses

Fall for Ornamental Grasses | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

I've written about ornamental grasses previously - they really are one of the toughest, most useful yet under-appreciated groups of garden plants. Most provide at least three seasons of interest, but fall is when they really shake their pom-poms.

 

The Garden Professors - WSU Extension

 

 

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University of Illinois Extension Healthy Recipe of the Day-Baked Apples

University of Illinois Extension Healthy Recipe of the Day-Baked Apples | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

 

 

 

University of Illinois Extension: Illinois Nutrition Education Programs

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Forcing Spring Bulbs for Color

Forcing Spring Bulbs for Color | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Even the dullest gray days of winter can be brightened up with colorful spring blooming bulbs grown indoors.

 

University of Illinois Extension

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Have a Healthy Halloween

Have a Healthy Halloween | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

How do you maintain the balance of healthy eating and still end the holiday on a positive note? First of all, remember that Halloween is a special occasion. It’s a great time to relax your standards about candy eating but also a great opportunity to increase your consumption of healthy foods to offset the urges to overindulge on holiday sweets.

 

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Some Farmers Hit Hard, but Overall Pumpkin Crop Fared Fine

Some Farmers Hit Hard, but Overall Pumpkin Crop Fared Fine | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

“Overall, the pumpkin crop this year is very, very good,” said Diane Handley, of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. Some growers in Southern Illinois lost some of their crop, but the majority survived, she said.

 

Decatur Herald-Review

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Fall Colors 2012 Pictures

Fall Colors 2012 Pictures | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

View Fall colors 2012 photos in CBS News' Fall colors 2012 photo gallery...

 

CBS News

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The Starry Pond

The Starry Pond | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

Arcadia National Park, Maine

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Column: Plant Palette -Honeycrisp Apples

Column: Plant Palette -Honeycrisp Apples | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

I don’t remember exactly when it happened here in Central Illinois, but at some point it seemed the apple variety Honeycrisp became THE apple to which all others were compared.

 

Jennifer Schultz Nelson

University of Illinois Extension

 

Photo: Courtesy of New York Apple Association

 

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Fall Color Webcam:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Purchase Knob

Fall Color Webcam:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Purchase Knob | The Miracle of Fall | Scoop.it

National Park Service.

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