- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Sustainable weed control workshops Aug. 10, 25
Grow a healthy garden and a healthy environment through sustainable vegetable gardening practices. University of Illinois Extension is presenting two programs to promote weed control (Aug. 10) and insect and disease prevention (Aug. 25) by using sustainable practices in the vegetable garden. Programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at U of I Extension, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ or by calling (815) 986-4357.
Weed Control in the Home Vegetable Garden: Sustainable techniques to control weeds in the home vegetable garden using non-chemical practices including mulches, row cover and more. Weeds compete with your vegetable plants robbing them of water and nutrients. This program will provide the home gardener with the tools needed to control weeds in the vegetable garden. Presented Aug. 10. Fee is $5 per person.
Insect and Disease Prevention and Control in the Home Vegetable Garden: Control insects and disease in the home vegetable garden without the use of chemicals. Alternatives to the use of insecticides and fungicides will be shared. Participants will also learn how to encourage beneficial insects and natural enemies to those common garden pests. Presented Aug. 25. Fee is $25 per person.
Both programs will be presented by University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Maurice Ogutu, Ph.D. Maurice Ogutu provides leadership in local food systems and small farms programs in northwestern Illinois for landowners, commercial growers, and consumers. His area of focus includes sustainable local food production, marketing, delivery of nutritious foods, organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plant protection systems, and small farm programs with emphasis on environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.
U of I Extension-Winnebago County may be reached at (815) 986-4357 or at the website www.extension.illinois.edu/winnebago.
From the Aug. 3-9, 2011, issue