Released January 6, 2009
URBANA, Ill. - Fresh, home-grown vegetables grow in the imagination in January but a good way to make them a reality is now available on a new University of Illinois Extension website. "Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide" (http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/vegguide/) is a web version rooted in earlier Extension print publications.
The user-friendly website includes sections on 10 steps to a successful garden, garden problems and their control, tips on growing specific vegetables, and exhibiting vegetables.
"Vegetables from the home garden are fresher, may have better nutrient values, and are often less costly than those sold in stores," said James Schmidt, a U of I home horticulture specialist.
"To get the most out of your garden you should make plans early in the year and follow proper steps during the gardening season."
Schmidt said the purpose of the website is home gardeners plan and maintain a garden under Illinois growing conditions.
"That way, you will have an abundant supply of high-quality vegetables at harvest and--if you freeze, can, or store your vegetables--throughout the year," he said.
Contacts: James Schmidt, (217) 244-5153
Bob Sampson, (217) 244-0225, email@example.com