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Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Give careful consideration to planting conditions

My favorite winter scene is branches of bright green holly leaves with sparkling red berries against fresh winter snow. Holly is a great addition to the landscape, but careful consideration must be gi
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 12:00 am

Who can refuse a good book about plants?

If you have a gardener on your holiday shopping list, consider yourself lucky. Gardening enthusiasts may be the easiest people to please when it comes to buying gifts: We’re always excited about
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 12:00 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
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 12:00 am

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
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 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
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 12:00 am

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
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 12:00 am

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
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 12:00 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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