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For the Love of Gardening

For the Love of Gardening

Soil Health

How Important Is My Soil?

Know what you have and what you want to use it for.
* Assess your soil: Drainage? Clay? Sandy?
* If growing food and planting in ground, have a soil test done and also test for heavy metals such as lead.
*Consider native plant alternatives to common non-native plants-they like our soil as it is.

Vegetable & Annual Flower Planting Schedule

When is the best time to plant asparagus? When should I plant my petunias? Planting and successions schedules provided by U of I Extension Master Gardener!

Raised Garden Beds

What are the first steps to build a raised garden bed?

Step 1: Choose a location
Step 2: Kill off existing vegetation where your raised bed will go
Step 3: Choose your construction materials
Step 4: Build your bed
Step 5: Fill your bed with soil
Step 6: Plant your bed

New To Gardening

Advice for first time gardeners.

Start small & have successes, then “grow” the size of your garden. Don’t fight the site - put a plant that likes shade in the shade, likes wet soil in wet soil, etc.
If you are on clay that doesn’t drain as needed consider using a raised bed.
Keep kids and pets in mind when selecting plants.
Follow best practices, use chemicals sparingly and ALWAYS follow label directions.

Master Gardener Resource Center

"on-site" at the Cook County Farm Bureau

The Cook County Farm Bureau® and the Cook County University of Illinois Extension have partnered on a new project that benefits Local Farm Bureau members and the general public. Master gardeners are on-site at the Farm Bureau office to provide expertise and assistance to members and its surrounding communities to meet horticulture needs, answer questions and provide helpful guidance.

Party for the Pollinators

Quick Tips for Creating Your Own Pollinator Garden

A third of the food and drink individuals consume depends on pollination. As a keystone group, the survival of many other plant and animal species depend on pollinators for their survival. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, birds, and bats.

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