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Gardening program starts with spring series

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Season Gardening program, focusing on herbs, pest control and gardening on a budget, gets underway in April. The first session of the series is titled, “The Basics of Growing Herbs.” The program will be offered at 1:30 p.m. April 8. The session will be presented via teleconference at the DeKalb County Extension office at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Everyone has probably encountered herbs in some way in their life – either through food, cosmetics, medicines or crafts. Herbs are ideal plants for the landscape because of their interesting textures and utility and are natural additions to the vegetable or patio garden. This session will look at various common herbs and their characteristics. It also will focus on how to grow, when to harvest and potential savory uses.

Other topics in the spring series include Pest Control Strategies in the Garden, set for April 22, and Bargain Gardening set for May 6.

Cost per session is $5 or $12 for the series. Advance registration is needed by April 7 to ensure adequate space and materials. In addition, sessions may be cancelled for insufficient registration. Phone or email the University of Illinois Extension office for more details, 815-758-8194, or

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call 815-758-8194.

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