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Extension offers 'Fall Into Spring' mini-conference

The University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners wlll offer an exciting program of events for horticulture enthusiasts.

For the first time, the Master Gardeners will present a Fall Into Spring mini-conference from 8 a.m. to noon Sept.15 at the Center for Agriculture in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Dr. in Sycamore.

A little fall planning and prepping can really rev up the spring season. Autumn is the time to clean up beds, manage soils, prepare sod and minimize problems in the new growing season, and put the garden to bed. It is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs and pull out tender summer bloomers. Fall garden prep is one of those maintenance chores that will help guarantee a beautiful and bountiful garden next season.

The mini-conference will feature University of Illinois Extension educators Nancy Kreith (Horticulture) and Peggy Doty (Energy and Environmental Stewardship) as featured presenters. A total of three sessions will be offered.

First, Kreith will present Seasonal Container Design, providing information on the tricks of the trade that help keep container gardens looking fresh through fall and winter. Next, Doty will present Composting: The Next Batch, where she will speak on the finer efforts of composting and continuing to keep nutrients from your yard, in your yard. In the final session, Kreith will present What to/not to Prune, where she will review the importance of proper pruning techniques and tools for dormant woody plants during the fall season.

Detailed information on the presentations is available at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Advance registration is required. The conference fee is $25 and includes light morning fare. To register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.

Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the program, can call the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194.

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