Author Archives: mwolske

About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.

Garden update March 9, 2016

Last week I did some research that led me to realize I’ve been taking the wrong approach to early seed planting outdoors in two ways. I left mulch on the raised beds. While this acts as a blanket to keep … Continue reading

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A Day of Celebration — The 10 Hour Light Day

Today in Champaign-Urbana is the first day of the year when the sun sets over 10 hours after it rises!! And with that, plants can get enough light to really begin growing on their own under cover. Granted, there are … Continue reading

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Seasonal Outlooks for Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
Last week, the Climate Prediction Center released their outlooks for February and beyond. There is nothing exciting to report for Illinois. Both the outlook for February and the 3-month outlook for February-April have us…

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2014 – 4th Coldest Year on Record for Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
Annual temperature in Illinois Based on preliminary numbers, 2014 was the 4th coldest year on record for Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 49.4° F and 2.9° F below average. It was tied with…

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November/December 2014 Harvest

We continue to benefit from the bounty of our little urban farm, not just from eggs and rabbit meat, but also occasional vegetables. Our last lettuce, radish, and turnip harvests occurred mid-November in spite of the cold temps that month. … Continue reading

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Hearing from another homestead rabbit journey

I just came across this new blog post by a fellow homesteader just starting out with rabbits. We’ve just crossed our first year of raising rabbits and since the first litter was born in February, we’ve had litters of 9, … Continue reading

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November Finished Cold, Dry in Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
November finished both colder and drier than average for Illinois. The statewide average temperature for November 2014 in Illinois was 34.3 degrees, 8.2 degrees below average and the fourth coldest November on record. November…

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