UPCOMING MEETINGS

Our meetings begin at 6:30pm and are held at the Streamwood Fire Station #31 1204 S. Park Ave. Streamwood

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

VERMICOMPOSTING

Guest Speaker – Tim Moore

Learn how earthworms can turn kitchen produce scraps into valuable garden compost that can enhance garden soil. The process is called “Vermicomposting” It’s all natural and helps produce healthy vigorous plants by adding nutrients to garden beds. Moore will explain the process and provide instructions on how to set up and maintain a home vermicomposting bin.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

THE NEW INVASIVES: JUMPING WORMS, STINK BUGS, VIBURNUM LEAF BEETLES, ETC.

Guest Speaker – Nanette Kalschuer

Gardens will need to be on the lookkout for new invasive species that are becoming pests in northern Illinois, including the jumping worm, native to East Asia. These worms are voracious eaters, consuming more plant material than the standard earthworm. This affects soil quality and there is growing concern how it may impact natural forests and agricultural lands. Kalschuer will provide details on identifying these pests and how to help control their spread. Kalschuer has a master’s degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois-Urbana. She retired from the Department of Agriculture where she worked as a Plant and Pesticide Specialist conducting diagnostic inspection of commercially grown nursery and greenhouse stock.