Blueberry Planting and Propagation Workshop

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University of Illinois Extension is hosting a blueberry planting and propagation workshop at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, Simpson, IL on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9-11 AM. Blueberries continue to be a favorite backyard crop but getting them established can be a challenge.
The key to a successful blueberry planting is to create a site that meets all of the plant’s specific needs. To use a quote from Jeff Kindhart, the last horticulturist to work at the Dixon Springs Ag Center (DSAC), “You want to start good so you can stay good!” Doing your research and preparing a year ahead of planting will be time well spent. During the workshop, Extension Educators, Bronwyn Aly and Elizabeth Wahle, will be leading a hands-on workshop covering site selection, preparation, establishment, and care of blueberries. Blueberry propagation will also be covered during the workshop, and participants will have the opportunity to practice taking softwood cuttings from the blueberry planting at DSAC.
As this will be an outdoor, hands-on program, we will be walking and working in the blueberry patch rain or shine or hot temperatures, so please dress accordingly. Everyone is encouraged to bring small hand pruners so you can practice what you learn! The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center is located at 354 State Highway 145 North, Simpson, IL 62985. Meet and park at the greenhouse on the west side of Highway 145. The fee for the clinic is $5.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/ or by calling 618-252-8391.
For more information contact: Bronwyn Aly – baly@illinois.edu; 618-382-2662

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