A listing of our favorite websites, magazines, organizations, and places. Many have e-newsletters that you can sign up to receive in your inbox, keeping you informed of upcoming events and information.
Beginner’s Guide to Basic Gardening: Tools, Soil and more
The below link is a comprehensive guide containing everything you will need to know about growing your own vegetables.
DIY Gardening Projects and Landscaping Ideas to Save Money
The below link contains Gardening Basics, and includes garden terminology, needed tools, plant and flower information and more. It is a great source of information for all gardeners, new and experienced.
They are a non-native earthworm and a threat to gardens. They have been found in McHenry County.
Please click on links below for information, fact sheet and how to detect them
Roundup Alternatives for Your Lawn and Garden
The below link contains information about the use of Roundup and other options to use in your yard/garden.
A Kid’s Guide to Gardening
Includes the following: How to Start a Garden, Planting Techniques, How to Maintain Your Garden, Floral Arrangement Ideas, Recipe Ideas and Gardening Safety
The link is below
Home Gardening Improvement
University of Illinois Extension Office – McHenry County http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/
McHenry County Master Gardeners (University of Illinois Extension Office)
McHenry County College Gardenfest
Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute
The Institute publishes the McHenry County Official Green Guide annually. Full of new recycling and reusing information, it includes a Green Living section on where to buy green products locally and online. The Institute also provides education on related solid waste topics.
McHenry County Conservation District
The Land Conservacy of McHenry County
University of Illinois Extension Office
Horticulture Magazine online
Website has weekly tips, plant information, gardening blog, and an e-newsletter.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
A great resource of information.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Great resource and e-newsletter
Chicago Botanic Garden
Plant Hardiness Map
Updated for 2012
Horticulture and Home Pest News
Doug Green Gardens
Home, Yard & Garden Newsletter
Wind Ridge Herb Farm
Insecticide Etc. Disposal
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County has a dropoff site in Gurnee. See www.swalco.org. They will take all insecticides, oil based paints, etc. McHenry township no longer funds the hazardous waste disposal, but Gurnee’s place is state sponsored.
Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratoy Clinic
Website and Email newsletter: http://www.provenwinners.com/
Beyond Impatiens and Petunias
The site focuses on helping gardeners select the right plant for a given growing conditions. An extensive plant directory gives several plant suggestions for various growing environments including annuals for part to full shade and perennials that tolerate moist to wet soils. The site was developed by Greg Stack, Extension Horticulturist. You can visit the site at: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/beyond/
Creative Critter Control
This is a new site for gardeners and other who want to approach critter control with insight and understanding.There is information on critters commonly found around gardens and homes: Gophers, Moles, Voles, Deer, Tree Squirrels, Ground Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks, Opossums, Mice, Roof Rats, Wild Rabbits, Wild Turkeys, and other common wildlife. All suggestions are humane, non-toxic, and easy to implement. While many people consider these critters to be pests, the most effective solutions treat wildlife as co-inhabitants of our environment. www.creativecrittercontrol.org