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Recent Dry Weather Forcing Gardeners to Break Out Hoses

Some areas of Illinois have seen limited rain the last few weeks and that is likely bringing out the hoses for the first time this summer.


Most gardeners likely have their vegetables and flowers planted by now and despite Wednesday afternoon rain showers, Master Gardener at the University of Illinois Extension Office, Candice Hart, says a lot of gardeners are starting to break out the hoses lately.



The baby animal season has adult critters like rabbits, squirrels, and birds on the prowl for food. Hart says the best defense against some these garden pests is to have a barrier and protect young plants with milk jugs or coffee containers.



If you're wanting to fertilize this summer, Hart recommends an all-purpose fertilizer. She notes, if your soil is really healthy, you may not need to fertilize.



Hart says the University of Illinois Extension's master gardener's is available to help answer any gardening questions. To find your local extension office, just visit extension.illinois.edu or do a Google search for the office nearest you.

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