Gardening News: U of I Extension Ogle County offers gardening hotline

• Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions three days a week through mid-September

Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The University of Illinois Extension Ogle County Master Gardener Hotline Desk is open for business. The horticulture help desk will be staffed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9 a.m. to noon through mid-September.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received 60 or more hours of training by University of Illinois Extension educators. They also have access to all the resources of University of Illinois Extension, including the Digital Diagnostics Imaging system. This system allows U of I Extension to take pictures locally that can be transmitted to specialists on campus for identification and analysis. The Extension office also has access to the University Plant Clinic for a fee.

Master Gardeners can help you solve your home horticulture problems in a variety of areas, including vegetable gardening, insects and control, trees, small fruits, lawn care, plant diseases, soil fertility and more. Often, you will be asked to bring a sample in to the Extension office, which receives about 200 questions each growing season.

The University of Illinois Extension Ogle County is inside the Farm Bureau building, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill., and can be reached by calling (815) 732-2191 or e-mailing Visit the Extension website at for additional information and resources on gardening topics.

From the April 11-17, 2012, issue

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