IllinoisTimes - Garden - Jennifer Fishburn http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-43-1-garden-jennifer-fishburn.html Wed, 01 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Fall is time to care for your tools - Garden best practices: clean, sharpen, store properly http://illinoistimes.com/article-9114-fall-is-time-to-care-for-your-tools.html Fall is time to care for your tools - Garden best practices: clean, sharpen, store properly
After the garden is cleaned up and put to bed for the winter, it is a great time to give your tools some attention.   Ideally garden tools should be cleaned, sharpened and hung in the correc...]]>
Until it rains, water your trees http://illinoistimes.com/article-9047-until-it-rains-water-your-trees.html Until it rains, water your trees
Second place is usually considered to be a good thing. But placing second for the driest August in history isn’t a good thing. With only a few days left in August, the Springfield area had recei...]]>
Home-grown tomato time! http://illinoistimes.com/article-8906-home-grown-tomato-time_.html Home-grown tomato time!
The most exciting garden event of the summer is picking the first red, juicy ripe tomatoes. This passion is shared with many gardeners as tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown in the h...]]>
A Garden Walk with Master Gardeners - Where do-it-yourselfers can get their plant questions answered http://illinoistimes.com/article-8802-a-garden-walk-with-master-gardeners.html A Garden Walk with Master Gardeners - Where do-it-yourselfers can get their plant questions answered
A collection of 122 different hosta plants, an extension vegetable garden, a Japanese-inspired backyard with bamboo fencing, a low-mow yard and a pond with a waterfall are all features of an upcoming ...]]>
It’s time to grow spinach http://illinoistimes.com/article-8492-itrss-time-to-grow-spinach.html It’s time to grow spinach
The arrival of spring is a sure sign of yellow daffodils, green lawns and garden fresh salad. This spring try growing leafy greens, one of the easiest vegetables to grow. You are sure to enjoy the bes...]]>
Kids find joy in gardening at the governor’s mansion http://illinoistimes.com/article-7781-kids-find-joy-in-gardening-at-the-governorrss-mansion.html Kids find joy in gardening at the governor’s mansion
Fried okra, collard greens and fresh salsa have become favorite food dishes of junior gardeners from the 21st Century Program, Graham Elementary School. This summer these students nurtured a 484-squar...]]>
The fair is a family affair http://illinoistimes.com/article-7649-the-fair-is-a-family-affair.html The fair is a family affair
After more than 150 years, many Illinois State Fair traditions remain. Since its beginning in 1853, the Illinois State Fair has encouraged the production of high-quality agricultural livestock and com...]]>
A family farm’s market - Sweet corn and much more at Seaney Farms, Tallula http://illinoistimes.com/article-7505-a-family-farmrss-market.html A family farm’s market - Sweet corn and much more at Seaney Farms, Tallula
Just a short 15-minute drive northwest of Springfield is a unique roadside market that offers freshly picked sweet corn, a variety of garden-fresh produce and Illinois agriculture products. Seaney Far...]]>
What to do about Japanese beetles http://illinoistimes.com/article-7450-what-to-do-about-japanese-beetles.html What to do about Japanese beetles
Sightings of adult Japanese beetles began in mid-June. Since then they have been seen munching on roses, crabapples, lindens, raspberries, apple trees, basil and much more. Feeding on plants generally...]]>
June is for garden tours http://illinoistimes.com/article-7384-june-is-for-garden-tours.html June is for garden tours
This month, gardeners have the opportunity to explore the backyard sanctuaries of several Springfield private properties. In addition gardeners can enjoy watching the creative transformation of nature...]]>
Plan ahead to plant the right tree http://illinoistimes.com/article-7259-plan-ahead-to-plant-the-right-tree.html Plan ahead to plant the right tree
Selecting a tree is one of the most important landscape decisions a homeowner will make. Trees should be considered as an investment for the future, since most people move before a tree that they plan...]]>
Native plants like it here http://illinoistimes.com/article-7223-native-plants-like-it-here.html Native plants like it here
Illinois, known as the “Prairie State,” has several native plant species. Prior to European settlers in Illinois, 60 percent of the 22 million acres was prairie. Today less than one hundre...]]>
Plant anywhere you have space and sun http://illinoistimes.com/article-7209-plant-anywhere-you-have-space-and-sun.html Plant anywhere you have space and sun
Vegetable gardening can provide the grower many benefits including exercise, a break from the stress of everyday life, decrease in the weekly food bill, nutritious produce that tastes better and is fr...]]>
Here’s what’s sweet about sweet potatoes http://illinoistimes.com/article-6420-hererss-whatrss-sweet-about-sweet-potatoes.html Here’s what’s sweet about sweet potatoes
This weekend the anticipation became unbearable. I finally had to dig a hill of sweet potatoes in our garden. They looked beautiful and tasted great. Soon, we will dig all 50 plants and surely have an...]]>
A prairie plant for your landscape http://illinoistimes.com/article-6241-a-prairie-plant-for-your-landscape.html A prairie plant for your landscape
Prior to European settlers in Illinois, 60 percent of the 22 million acres was prairie. Today less than one hundredth of one percent of the original undisturbed prairie exists in the Prairie State. So...]]>
Get on the scales - Sticky stuff? Black magnolia leaves? Here's what to do. http://illinoistimes.com/article-6271-get-on-the-scales.html Get on the scales - Sticky stuff? Black magnolia leaves? Here's what to do.
One of the worst things to tell a gardener is that their tree is heavily infested with a destructive insect. The U of I Extension office has received numerous calls about magnolia trees. A caller usua...]]>
Fair flowers - Color everywhere — up and down and in the ground http://illinoistimes.com/article-6230-fair-flowers.html Fair flowers - Color everywhere — up and down and in the ground
Among the tents, livestock buildings, corndog and lemonade stands at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, fairgoers can see a wide variety of colorful plants. Just inside gate 2, visitors are greeted by ch...]]>
Be mean to weeds - Here's what to do about plants out of place http://illinoistimes.com/article-6064-be-mean-to-weeds.html Be mean to weeds - Here's what to do about plants out of place
Last week in between the rain showers, I finally had the opportunity to tend to my flower beds. While not the most enjoyable outdoor task, weeding is necessary. Remember the saying, “one year ...]]>
Mosquito, king of the pests - Mosquito, king of the pests http://illinoistimes.com/article-5999-mosquito-king-of-the-pests.html Mosquito, king of the pests - Mosquito, king of the pests
The other night while dozing I heard the buzzing of a mosquito. After about five minutes the culprit was glued to a flyswatter. Of all the bothersome insect pests, however, mosquitoes are...]]>
Recycle plastic garden pots http://illinoistimes.com/article-5961-recycle-plastic-garden-pots.html Recycle plastic garden pots
It’s essential for all of us to practive the three R’s of being a good steward of the earth: reduce, reuse and recycle. Last weekend I walked around my small town on community ...]]>
Mother’s Day is for planting http://illinoistimes.com/article-5917-mother%25C2%2592s-day-is-for-planting.html Mother’s Day is for planting
Ready, set, plant! Mother’s Day weekend is not only a time to recognize Mom for all she does, but it is time to plant warm-season plants. This weekend, why not combine the two and t...]]>
For better perennials, divide and conquer http://illinoistimes.com/article-5907-for-better-perennials-divide-and-conquer.html For better perennials, divide and conquer
This is one of my favorite times of the year — crabapples and tulips in bloom, peonies budding and perennial plants popping up all over the garden. It is also the time of year when we realize t...]]>
Container gardening with flavor http://illinoistimes.com/article-5872-container-gardening-with-flavor.html Container gardening with flavor
A container garden on your patio, balcony or roof top, a hanging basket or window box, all can be converted from flowers to edibles, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture e...]]>
How to lure insect beauties to your butterfly garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-5874-how-to-lure-insect-beauties-to-your-butterfly-garden.html How to lure insect beauties to your butterfly garden
Butterflies add surprise, beauty, color and motion to a garden. Why not invite them to your backyard? Butterflies are nature’s decoration. Planting a butterfly garden is a great way ...]]>
Victory of the vegetable garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-5875-victory-of-the-vegetable-garden.html Victory of the vegetable garden
While Washington, D.C. talks about “shovel-ready” projects, few projects are more “shovel ready” than that of vegetable gardening, said a University of Illinois Exte...]]>
2009 spring garden events - Enjoy these upcoming garden events and watch the IT calendar for others as the season progresses http://illinoistimes.com/article-5890-2009-spring-garden-events.html 2009 spring garden events - Enjoy these upcoming garden events and watch the IT calendar for others as the season progresses
Ongoing: Join Project BudBurst Apr 13-Sep 30, Register to become a Citizen Scientist from Project BudBurst. Collect important climate change data on the timing of leafing and flowerin...]]>
Native prairie grasses make for a carefree garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-5892-native-prairie-grasses-make-for-a-carefree-garden.html Native prairie grasses make for a carefree garden
Native grasses can be welcome additions in the landscape, adding beauty, movement and sound. Let’s define “native” plant. The only truly native plants are ones that sti...]]>
Worming into good soil - Vermicomposting reduces waste and feeds your plants http://illinoistimes.com/article-5893-worming-into-good-soil.html Worming into good soil - Vermicomposting reduces waste and feeds your plants
We have all heard of the three “r”s: reduce, reuse and recycle. There is a fourth “r” of integrated waste management: rot. This “r” also eliminates wast...]]>
There’s garden help waiting on the Web http://illinoistimes.com/article-5894-there%25C2%2592s-garden-help-waiting-on-the-web.html There’s garden help waiting on the Web
Growing interest in home vegetable gardens from the White House to the house next door is likely to send many folks digging in the ground this spring. Chances are that when they do, sooner or later ...]]>
Plant a rain garden - Catch water and stop pollution http://illinoistimes.com/article-5895-plant-a-rain-garden.html Plant a rain garden - Catch water and stop pollution
A lot of rain falls on impervious surfaces that can’t soak up water. Instead of allowing all of this water to uselessly drain away, home gardeners can create an aesthetically pleasin...]]>