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Thursday, June 29, 2006 02:33 pm

A dreaded beetle makes its first appearance in Illinois

Just two weeks ago, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced that it had identified an emerald ash borer in Kane County, in the northeast corner of the state. It was not good news. This des...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:48 pm

Those pesky Japanese beetles and bagworms are back

Judging from the heat and humidity, the appearance of fresh-picked zucchini on the table, and the arrival of certain insects, summer is here. Imagine my dismay, while eating a freshly...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 05:34 am

Prepare yourself to be dazzled and inspired

Gardens come in many colors and sizes, each reflecting a unique personality. In the coming weeks, you will have some wonderful opportunities to be inspired by what other gardeners have ...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 02:32 pm

Some gardening tips to get through the first month of summer

This past weekend we were blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures. I took advantage of the lovely weather to spend a day planting impatiens, trimming oregano, and pulling weeds, weeds, a...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 04:27 am

Tips for planning a great-looking front yard

Most of us are familiar with the saying “It only takes a spark to light a fire.” This year I was inspired (in part because of the Yard to Yard challenge) to create a small annual...
Thursday, May 25, 2006 03:49 am

Tips for avoiding aches and pains in the back yard

As the gardening season gets into full swing, we can be assured of a few things: Flowers will bloom, weeds will grow, and our bodies will ache. However inevitable some aches may be, though, ...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 02:32 pm

Remember: Plants can’t tell you what ails ’em

At this time of year, gardeners are full of questions: When can I prune my lilac bush? What can I do to get rid of these weeds? I found this bug — what is it? Will it ever warm up so m...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 02:42 pm

Hooray for scented geraniums — the herb of the year!

Name a fragrance — rose, lemon, orange, lime, strawberry, peppermint, nutmeg, apple, apricot, coconut, even camphor — and there’s probably a geranium carrying that scent. ...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 11:38 am

Keep those Valentine's Day roses looking fresh

Flowers are a great way to celebrate a special occasion — holiday, birthday, anniversary, new baby. Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy fresh-cut flowers or a ...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 01:22 pm

It’s winter, but many gardeners have already started work

It is hard to believe, but many gardeners have already started working on their garden “to do” lists. Even though it’s winter, they’re dreaming about the colorful ...


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