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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 02:20 pm
Yellow and purple crocus peak up through a dusting of snow. Nothing brightens a winter day in March more than the colors of early blooming spring flowers. Now is the time to plant your hardy fl...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 02:20 pm

Whatever you call ’em—plant ’em now!

You say narcissus, I say daffodil. No matter which name you use to refer to this plant, most gardeners would agree that daffodils are one of the most vigorous and colorful flowers of spring. Da...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003 02:20 pm

Chrysanthemums add color to a fall garden

Tip of the week "Autumn Jewels" is the name of this year's mum show, November 8 through 23 at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Fri...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 02:20 pm
Tip of the week Lawn mower blades should be sharpened at least two times a year, April 1 and September 1. A sharp blade will make a clean cut, decreasing stress on the plants. If you use your m...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 02:20 pm
It's that time of year again: 90-degree-plus temperatures, accompanied by the snap, crackle, and pop of grass under your feet. Strolling through Conservation World last Sunday at the Illinois State Fa...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 02:20 pm

All you need to know to create your own salsa (including an easy recipe)

Tip of the week Regular watering and mulching can help prevent blossom-end rot on tomatoes and peppers. Prevalent during periods of high humidity, blossom-end rot is revealed in small, sunken ...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 02:20 pm

. . . but what a colorful splash!

Tip of the week If your petunias, impatiens, or other annuals are starting to look straggly and have few flowers, cut them back 6 to 8 inches after flowers have decreased to encourage compac...
Thursday, July 31, 2003 02:20 pm

That four-letter word

Tip of the week To view the best free garden display in central Illinois, drive through the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the next couple of days. The other day I almost lost my one-year-old d...
Thursday, July 24, 2003 02:20 pm
Most vegetable gardeners would agree with my four-year-old son: the most fun is planting the seeds and then eating the produce. We gardeners persevere through weeding, watering, and pest management, d...
Thursday, July 17, 2003 02:20 pm
One of the highlights of July is garden-fresh tomatoes with olive oil and fresh basil. Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow. The International Herb Association has declared it the herb of the ye...


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