Tips on starting a vegetable garden

SYCAMORE – Not only are the DeKalb County Master Gardeners busy in their gardens, they want to share their knowledge as part of the Sycamore History Museum’s “Back on the Farm Gardening” talks. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, Ron Johnson will lead the class, “Your Vegetable Garden.”

According to the University of Illinois Extension, all gardens have problems, from insects to drought. Gardening is hard work, but with a few basic skills and techniques, gardeners can make the experience more pleasant.

Johnson will address garden location, site preparation, soil, raised beds, containers, and edible landscaping, and offer suggestions as to what to grow, planting methods, dealing with pests and diseases, equipment, and a plan for maintenance.

“Back on the Farm Gardening” talks are held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore, at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. They are free and open to the public.

For more information call 815-895-5762 or visit

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