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Garden class series covers herbs, pests and budgets

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Season Gardening program, focusing on herbs, pest control and gardening on a budget, gets under way in April.

The first session of the series, The Basics of Growing Herbs, is offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 via teleconference at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Everyone has probably encountered herbs in some way in their life – 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 will also 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. Registration is needed by April 7 to ensure adequate space and materials. Sessions may be canceled for insufficient registration. Phone or email the University of Illinois Extension office for more details, 815-758-8194 or lkvalle@illinois.edu, or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

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