Gardening Help

Gardening Help

Indoor Gardening can Brighten Winter Doldrums

Dreading the long cold months of winter? Create a green space indoors with plants. Historically, plants have been used for their medicinal properties. Growing movements like horticulture therapy use plants for their healing properties, individual health, and well-being.

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Beetle in Flower

Dealing With Common Garden Pests in Illinois

An abundance of insects is a natural sign of a healthy and biodiverse garden. Sometimes, however, these garden guests can quickly become pests, damaging our plants and ruining our crops. It’s every gardener’s job to keep an eye out for potential nuisances and manage them before they become a major problem and spread to other landscapes.

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Not all soils are equal

Not All Soils are Created Equal

Let talk dirt! Or what I really should say is soil. So often these terms are used interchangeably but not all soils are created equal. Sure, they look similar but in science class you will learn that soil usually contains the following ingredients-minerals, organic matter, living organisms, gas, and water.

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Mother and Son Growing Tomatoes

Beat Inflation by Growing Your Own Food

With food prices going up, growing your own food just makes more and more sense these days. For less than one grocery run, you can buy seeds for a whole spring, summer, and fall’s worth of produce. Saving money has always been a perk of gardening, but that’s not the only reason to do it.

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To get in Touch with nature, Create a Sensory Garden

For centuries, gardens have provided a unique bridge between humans and the natural world. Gardens were viewed by many cultures as a “reflection of heaven on earth.” Today, most gardens are considered landscape projects. But sensory gardens, with their engaging sights, sounds, smells, and tastes once again connect us with nature.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Most of us probably remember this popular nursery rhyme; Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?  While we aren’t likely to be growing silver bells, cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row, we are interested in how our gardens grow.  Gardening tends to be a skill that is learned best by doing. 

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Fall is a Great Time to Plant

For gardeners in many parts of the country, fall is a great time to plant just about anything. Except in the coldest regions, fall can provide most perennials, shrubs and trees with enough time to become established in their new home before experiencing extreme heat, cold or drought. Familiarity with your own climate, hardiness zone and the hardiness of the plant you want to put in the ground will guide your decision. 

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How to Grow Garlic in the Garden

Growing garlic for the first time can be an exercise in patience, but once it’s ready for harvest, you’ll be so glad you took the time to cultivate it. Nothing beats fresh garlic, as not only is it flavorful, but it’s incredibly healthy too.

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