Gardening in the air! (webinar)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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Gardening in the air! Virtual Gardening Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - noon CST

2020 so far has been quite different than years past! E-learning has really taken center stage. As we learn new things over the "air" via internet join us for "Gardening in the Air!"

University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension have teamed up to offer two virtual gardening Saturday events. Combining expertise from both institutions we are offering an assortment of current topics for you to pick and choose from. All will be offered via ZOOM so participants must have internet access.

Gardening in the Air! will be offered on Oct. 3 & Oct. 10 and each will offer different tracks and topics. 

Each Virtual Saturday will offer three tracks, each track offering a different program at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. You decide which ones you want to participate in. We will send you all the ZOOM links and access to handouts prior to each Virtual Saturday.

Saturday October 3, 2020

Invasives Track:

9am -10 am

Iowa's Latest Insect Invaders, Donald Lewis, Professor & Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University

New insect pests seem to pop up all the time, and learning how to best manage invasive new pests takes time and effort. This presentation will discuss our most recent invasive insects, the emerald ash borer, spotted wing drosophila, and the brown marmorated stink bug. There will be time to answer questions about whatever other insects the audience chooses to discuss. Bring your insect-related questions!

10am - 11am

Emerging diseases in the Midwest and Steps to Take, Lina Rodriquez-Salamanca, Diagnostician & Extension Plant Pathologist, Iowa State University, & Diane Plewa, Plant Diagnostic Outreach Specialist, University of Illinois

Diane and Lina will discuss how to look for plant disease problems, how diseases spread and move around in the environment, some example invasive diseases to watch for, and technology and tools that can help expand your knowledge and report suspect infections.

11am -noon

Not just another weed: Why invasive plants need to be taken seriously and which ones we should worry about, Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist & Interim Master Naturalist Coordinator, University of Illinois

Invasive plants are not simply plants out of place. This presentation will discuss the complex ecological processes and interactions that happen with plant invasions, the type of impacts we see as a result of invasive plants, and discuss some of the priority invasive plant species in Illinois. Finally, the presentation will end with what we, as landowners, gardeners, professionals, and volunteers can do about this issue.


Vegetables/Herb Track:

9am - 10am

Growing Vegetables in Containers, Cindy Haynes, Associate Professor & Horticulture Specialist, Iowa State University

There are not many things better than enjoying fresh vegetables from your own garden. Whether it be greens, herbs, a vine-ripened tomato, or a bumper crop of zucchini. Container vegetables allow gardeners to enjoy fresh veggies even when they don't have the ideal spot for a vegetable garden. Learn about the special considerations needed for growing produce in containers and go home with tips, advice, and a list of the best vegetables to grow in containers.

10am - 11am

The Cook's Garden, Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, University of Illinois

As your summer vegetable garden has come to a close, now is a great time to be thinking about unusual and new varieties and vegetables to be adding to the 2021 garden. Broccoli rabe, 'Pink Banana' squash, 'Cheddar' cauliflower, Okinawan sweet potato, and spelt are just some of the 'newer' vegetables and grains showing up as food trends in the last couple of years. This class will look at what you can grow (and can't grow) in your summer garden with a focus on produce that will be eaten fresh, made into sauces, and/or is center stage in your cooking. Grains, unique vegetable varieties, microgreens, and flavor focused produce will be covered in this session in helping you identify what to grow this upcoming season.

11am- noon

Culinary Herbs and Pollinating Insects,Jennifer Fishburn, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Gardening with culinary herbs is a great way to add interest and fragrance to the landscape. Tips will be shared on using herbs to attract pollinating insects.


Houseplants Track:

9am- 10am

Houseplants 101: How Not to Kill Your Houseplants, Candice Hart, State Master Gardener Specialist, University of Illinois

Houseplants are as popular as ever but it can be difficult to know what the lighting, care, and watering requirements are needed in order to keep them alive long term. Learn about some of the most popular and easiest to grow houseplants and some tips for houseplant success.


Indoor Propagation: From the Kitchen to Beyond!, Bruce J. Black, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Propagation is one of the greatest plant skills to know. What could be better than making a new plant During this session, we will discuss basics of propagation, why it works, and talk kitchen scrap gardening.


Orchids 101, Aaron Steil, Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens & Lecturer, Iowa State University

With bold beautiful flowers, many gardeners are interested in growing orchids. While many species are relatively easy to grow indoors, their care is different than other houseplants. Learn how to care for these unique tropical plants, which species are best for gardeners to try, how to address common issues that arise, and the things you need to do to get them to rebloom every year.