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How Does Warm Winter Weather Affect Plants?

This weekend has brought about a long stretch of warm weather, which will last for much of the following week. Winter temperatures in the high 60s and even above 70 degrees Fahrenheit for some of our readers, may seem like spring has arrived. We must all keep in mind; it's only mid-February! Life in Central Illinois is accustomed to swings in winter temperatures, but 60 plus degrees for...

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Try Growing Culinary Herbs

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

I'm a foodie along with being a plant lover, I love to cook and bake and be in the kitchen. So of course there is a direct connection between the two. Gardening and cooking go hand in hand and usually that means our thoughts turn towards vegetables, but what would be a recipe without flavor from herbs? By default every year I grow basil. I'm a huge fan of fresh pesto – if you've never h...

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Dealing with Household Overwintering Insects: Stink bugs and flies, oh my!

Insects are fantastic creatures. We marvel at their various shapes, sizes, colors, and behaviors. Well, maybe not everyone. While it is my hope we all have that inner entomologist, it is more likely many of us harbor an inner exterminator. One reason winters can be quite enjoyable is that we get a reprieve from many of the nuisance insects. When going to the playground, instead of cover...

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Upcoming Garden Events

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles Events

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2017 is nearly over. It means that the days are getting longer and that before we know it the 2017 gardening season will be here. Last time I wrote about gardening being fluid and always changing. Part of being able to adjust to the changing garden, to grow as gardeners, to excite our passion is to learn. Each year come late winter into early...

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Gardening Goals

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Each year I tell myself that I want to accomplish this or that in the garden. I want to try this new variety or try a new plant all together. No matter what, sometimes good intentions go awry and when the end of the year rolls around we might sigh and say darn, that didn't work, but you know what there is always next year! Its 2017, it's a new year and that means new goals, new intentio...

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A happy Murphy dog: Nature brings out the best in everyone!

Walk the Dog: Getting outside relieves holiday stress

The day was cold, cloudy and a thick mist hung in the air that coated me immediately upon emerging from my home. Before plodding outside to face the dreary day, my wife and I were discussing holiday plans, gifts, meals, and all the other details that come with this time of year. Over an hour of shopping online, left me in a state of exasperation and stress. I looked over at our ten-year-old dog...

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Garden Planning and Spring Dreaming

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

There are times when trying to figure out what to write every other week can be a challenge. Then you wake up and its 5 degrees out and you immediately begin to think to warmer weather and next year's growing season. That of course led me to thinking about seed starting. One of my favorite things about the gardening season is starting my own vegetable plants from seed, but as usual my e...

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