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Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 12:00 am

Time to plan something different in your spring garden

Looking for something different to add to your spring garden? Try fritillaria. Varieties of this old-fashioned spring-flowering bulb, which puts forth interesting bell-shaped hanging blooms in middle
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:00 am

Tips for harvesting fresh herbs

As a group, culinary herbs are my favorite garden plants. Easy to grow, they require little care, are subject to few insect and disease problems, and generally prefer moderate soil fertility levels. T
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:00 am

Eat a peach. Now.

Peaches and ice cream is my all-time favorite summer treat. Nothing tastes better than a tree-ripened peach, and, thanks to a mild winter and heavy blooms, locally grown fresh peaches are abundant thi
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 12:00 am

You may love ’em, but they’re prone to trouble

The most exciting garden event of the summer arrives when juicy, fresh tomatoes are ready for harvest. Last weekend my family and I were delighted to enjoy an armful of this tasty fruit. We ate our to
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:00 am

Lavender is fussy about growing conditions

This week, a little behind schedule, the first fragrant purple flowers have begun to adorn the lavender plants in the master-gardener Herb Demonstration garden. Lavender flowers typically appear in Ju
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:00 am

Some folks see it as a noxious weed, others as a tasty treat

This weekend, my 4-year-old daughter enjoyed pulling weeds in our herb garden. Because purslane was the only weed in the garden, it was easy for her to differentiate it from the other plants. Common
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:00 am

Master gardeners show off their demonstration garden July 13

As summer gets into full swing in central Illinois, some things are inevitable: lack of rainfall, the unsightly destruction caused by Japanese beetles, and, on the plus side, fresh vegetable
Garden - Jennifer Fishburn
Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:00 am

A dreaded beetle makes its first appearance in Illinois

Just two weeks ago, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced that it had identified an emerald ash borer in Kane County, in the northeast corner of the state. It was not good news. This des


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