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A guide to growing, preparing and preserving vegetables from the University of Illinois Extension
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Tending 'Defiant Gardens' During Wartime

From the Western Front trenches of World War I to the deserts of Iraq, soldiers have found comfort in the simple act of gardening. The author of a new book on wartime gardens call them an act of defiance.

 

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Tools for the Garden

Gardening is a good way to save money by growing your own vegetables, and you don't have to have a huge financial investment to get started. 

 

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Purdue Extension Vegetable Tips: Planning the Garden

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Planning is the first and most basic step in home vegetable gardening. Planning not only saves time when you're ready to plant, it also gives you an idea of the types and quantities of seeds or plants you'll need.

 

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Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs

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Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs - all the mail-order gardening  catalogs and their websites in the U.S. and Canada!

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Fertilizer 101

Labeling on fertilizers can sometimes be confusing. Learn about different types of fertilizers and how to know which is right for you.

 

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Smaller containers appeal to veggie gardeners who don’t have lots of space

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Container gardening is growing smaller....

 

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Easy to Make Grow Light

Grow lights provide the energy plants need for growing seedlings or cuttings. They'll also help keep your favorite plants alive during the long winter months...

 

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Q & A in the vegetable garden

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Sandy Mason, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator offers some common questions (or personal growth opportunities) about growing a vegetable garden.

 

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Gardener's Corner: Growing a Kitchen Garden

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Learn some ideas for growing fruits and vegetables in a small space.

 

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Taking a Soil Sample

One of the best things a first-time gardener can do is have a soil sample taken for a soil test. Learn how to properly take a soil sample.

 

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Tomatoes: Q and A

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Iowa State Horticulture staff answer three common questions about tomatoes.

 

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Understanding Seed Catalogs

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Although words in seed catalogs might seem unfamiliar, it is important to understand their meaning, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Greg Stack

 

 

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Horticulture-speak: Gardening Terms 101

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"In the world of gardening and horticulture, there are plenty of terms that look downright confusing if not intimidating," said University of Illinois Extension horticulture specialist Greg Stack.

 

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What is succession cropping in a vegetable garden?

What is succession cropping in a vegetable garden? | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Succession cropping centers around one basic concept --don't leave any garden space empty during the growing season any longer than necessary.

 

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Purdue Extension Vegetable Tips: Getting Started

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Before you start gardening, it's important to: Find Out What's Right For You, Check the Numbers, Have the Right Tools and Test Your Soil.

 

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Rabbits in the Garden

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Rabbits are not picky eaters and seem to devour just about every garden plant. I've also discovered a direct correlation between the expense of the plant and its high rating on the rabbit taste-o-meter.

 

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What's in your Garden Catalog?

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If you are an enthusiastic gardener, vegetable, flower, and fruit tree catalogs seem to crowd everything else out of your mailbox in January.

 

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Ask a Master Gardener

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Get  answers to your gardening questions from University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.

 

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Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide

Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Vegetables from the home garden are fresher, may have better nutrient values, and are often less costly than those sold in store.

 

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Choosing Tasty Tomatoes

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As with any food, tomato taste is in the tongue of the beholder. We all have our criteria for the perfect tomato flavor; however, researchers have pinpointed the two big components of tomato flavor - sugars and acids.

 

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Planting Tomatoes Deeply

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Does research support planting tomatoes deeply?

 

The Garden Professors - WSU Extension

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The Homeowners Column: Good bugs, bad bugs and fun bugs to watch

The Homeowners Column: Good bugs, bad bugs and fun bugs to watch | Vegetable Gardening Resources | Scoop.it

Sandy Mason, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator discusses the good and bad bugs you may find in your yard and garden.

 

 

University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties

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In the Garden: Tips on Starting Seeds Indoors

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Sandy Mason, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator talks tips on starting seeds indoors.

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