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Thursday, July 15, 2004 03:26 am
They're back! The latest invasion of leaf-devouring Japanese beetles has begun. These half-inch-long eating machines have been found helping themselves to roses in the Springfield area, but you can ex...
Thursday, July 8, 2004 07:07 pm
William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, lived during the Elizabethan period (1533-1603), a relatively peaceful political time that gave birth to enormous developments ...
Thursday, June 24, 2004 11:00 am
I can't think of a more beautiful, colorful, sweet fruit than blueberries. The highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, is a woody perennial plant that is native to North America. The fruit wa...
Thursday, June 17, 2004 04:37 pm


Summertime brings joy to most gardeners Ñ blooming flowers, fresh vegetables, green grass. However, summer-feeding insects can wreak havoc on some of our favorite plants. Bagworms (Thyridopteryx...
Thursday, June 17, 2004 05:32 am

From the editors of E/The environmental Magezine

Dear Earth Talk: So many juices are labeled Ònatural.Ó Which ones are most healthful? Ñ Zenas Lu, Boston, Mass. The most healthful juice you can drink is one thatÕs made fresh, right before you ...
Thursday, June 10, 2004 05:18 pm
When we aren't in our own gardens, we gardeners love to share ideas and frustrations and get new ideas for our own back yards. University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and other groups...
Thursday, June 3, 2004 09:24 am
This summer, many vegetable gardeners will have buckets full of tomatoes, cucumbers by the armload, and zucchini coming out their ears. Many successful gardeners take for granted their ability ...
Thursday, May 27, 2004 02:52 pm
When I was a child, my grandmother would take the family to pick strawberries every Memorial Day weekend. We would pick at least 20 quarts of berries, enough for dessert and jelly. Grandma alwa...
Thursday, May 20, 2004 04:49 pm
My favorite spring vegetables include lettuce, spinach, asparagus, and rhubarb. One of my favorite meals is a grilled pork chop, a fresh garden salad, creamed asparagus, and a slice of warm rhu...
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:45 am
Selecting the right shrubs and trees is the key to making sure plants don't overrun your home. But even when plants are selected properly, a plant that was supposed to grow to a certain height ...


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