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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 03:45 pm

Tips for minimizing the stress of cold weather

Untitled Document Although a few of us enjoy cold winter temperatures, most of us can’t wait for 70-degree temperatures to return, and plant species are no different. This ...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 01:49 am

Preventative maintenance now will pay off next spring

Except for leaf-raking, your fall garden chores are probably nearing completion. Before you lock up the garden shed for the season, though, be sure to care for your tools. A little preventive maintena...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 02:39 pm

They pollinate, they eat insects, and they’re fuzzy

Many symbols indicate that Halloween is on its way. Yards are decorated with pumpkins, ghosts, witches, spiders, and bats. Fake bats and spiders may be popular decorations, but the real deal makes peo...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 10:12 am

Applications are being accepted until Nov. 1

The highlight of my job as horticulture educator for Sangamon and Menard counties is providing direction for the master-gardener volunteer program. I have the pleasure of working with 125 individuals ...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 12:01 pm

Plan now for a spring crop

I have not-so-fond childhood memories of being force-fed cooked spinach topped with sliced hard-boiled eggs. As an adult, I still have trouble eating cooked spinach, but I do enjoy fresh spinach in a ...
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 02:32 pm

Know the procedure for each type of plant

Dahlias, cannas, caladiums, and gladiolus make great additions to our gardens, but the bulbs of these summer bloomers have trouble with Illinois’ harsh winters and need special attention in the ...
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 08:27 am

Take steps now to keep them from drying out during winter

You may plant an evergreen tree in your back yard in July expecting to see it looking perky in the middle of winter, but think again. Newly planted evergreens are more prone to dehydration through th...
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 04:48 pm

Still plenty to do before things get frosty

The gardening season is winding down, but there’s still a lot to do. “Early fall is a great time for lawn renovation,” says Ron Wolford, a horticulture education with the University ...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 08:22 am

Things to know if you’re a gardener who believes in self-sufficiency

Until the end of World War II, most gardeners saved their own vegetable and flower seeds because high-quality seeds were not always readily available. Today, affordable high-quality seeds are availabl...


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