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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 04:10 pm

Time to plan something different in your spring garden

Looking for something different to add to your spring garden? Try fritillaria. Varieties of this old-fashioned spring-flowering bulb, which puts forth interesting bell-shaped hanging blooms in middle ...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 10:08 am

Fall is the time to transplant and divide

Fall provides a great opportunity to review garden performance and plan for next season. “After the long, hot days of summer, the cool crisp days of fall are always welcome. Many perennial garde...
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 02:03 pm

Tips for harvesting fresh herbs

As a group, culinary herbs are my favorite garden plants. Easy to grow, they require little care, are subject to few insect and disease problems, and generally prefer moderate soil fertility levels. T...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 08:32 am

State fair winners share some growing tips

When I was a child, my mom shared her love for gardening with me. She gardened simply because she enjoyed it and because her garden provided our family with fresh vegetables during the summer and extr...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:57 am

Eat a peach. Now.

Peaches and ice cream is my all-time favorite summer treat. Nothing tastes better than a tree-ripened peach, and, thanks to a mild winter and heavy blooms, locally grown fresh peaches are abundant thi...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 09:15 pm

You may love ’em, but they’re prone to trouble

The most exciting garden event of the summer arrives when juicy, fresh tomatoes are ready for harvest. Last weekend my family and I were delighted to enjoy an armful of this tasty fruit. We ate our to...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 02:33 pm

Lavender is fussy about growing conditions

This week, a little behind schedule, the first fragrant purple flowers have begun to adorn the lavender plants in the master-gardener Herb Demonstration garden. Lavender flowers typically appear in Ju...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 01:00 am

Some folks see it as a noxious weed, others as a tasty treat

This weekend, my 4-year-old daughter enjoyed pulling weeds in our herb garden. Because purslane was the only weed in the garden, it was easy for her to differentiate it from the other plants. Common ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 02:32 pm

Hurry, if you want fresh vegetables before the first frost

As you taste your first garden-fresh tomato of the season, thoughts of planting your next vegetable garden may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, now is the time to extend your s...
Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:45 am

Master gardeners show off their demonstration garden July 13

As summer gets into full swing in central Illinois, some things are inevitable: lack of rainfall, the unsightly destruction caused by Japanese beetles, and, on the plus side, fresh vegetable...


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