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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 03:38 pm

Gardening can be a way to unplug your kids

Untitled Document It’s hard to believe that children have returned to school and another summer vacation has met its end. As I reflect on this summer, I wonder what my chil...
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 01:07 pm

Usually, the pesky little critters only inflict cosmetic damage

Untitled Document I park my car under the canopy of a large bur oak tree. For the past several weeks my car has been covered in a sticky substance: honeydew. Aphids are s...
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 03:11 pm

Ample moisture, at the right time, is critical

Untitled Document Imagine my surprise during the first week of July, when my son and I harvested 40 cucumbers from our three cucumber plants. Since then we have been blessed with...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 05:38 am

With careful planning, little care will be needed

Untitled Document When it rains, much of the water falls on impervious surfaces. Instead of allowing all of it to drain away, home gardeners can create an aesthetically pleasing ...
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 04:16 pm

How central-Illinois gardeners can pick the perfect tree

Untitled Document Last year’s high winds, tornadoes, and ice storm played havoc on central-Illinois trees. If you haven’t already replaced trees in your yard, take so...
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 04:05 am

They’re back and they’re on the attack!

Untitled Document Japanese beetles have invaded our gardens again. The first beetles were noticed around June 15 in the Springfield area, and the phone at the offices of the Univ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 01:14 pm

Fairgrounds agave sports a 25-foot shoot

Untitled Document Most of us enjoy a surprise, and for gardeners a horticultural miracle is especially exciting. Last week eight inmates moved a giant agave plant — 6 feet ...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 03:21 pm

Tour 30-acre lush private estate on Saturday, June 23

Untitled Document Gardeners love getting new ideas for sprucing up their gardens, and Springfield-area green thumbs will have the opportunity to get those ideas and talk with mas...
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 12:59 am

Few flowers will provide more beauty and scent to your garden

Untitled Document On my way to work each morning, I have the pleasure of being greeted by the heavenly scent of Mr. Lincoln hybrid tea roses and Knock Out roses. Every gar...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:21 pm

Most are harmless, but some threaten a plant’s development

Untitled Document While sitting on my grandparents’ porch last Sunday, I noticed numerous ball-shaped objects in their oak trees. Looking closer, I found that almost every ...


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