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Grow Herbs and Lettuce Indoors this Winter

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Just because days are shorter and colder and the outdoor gardening days are over, doesn't mean that it all must come to an end. Indoors we can have our green houseplants, but what if I told you – you can have herbs and lettuce and eat them too! You can grow a number of herbs and lettuce indoors even in the middle of winter, short days and all. Whether you are growing indoors or outdoors...

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A look at some Illinois native trees

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

The other day I was teaching a group about native Illinois trees and of course I was all excited because I was teaching about trees which is my number one passion. I know in the past I've talked about native plants and have of course mentioned my number one favorite tree that just happens to be an Illinois native – Taxodium distichum Baldcypress. So I figured this time around I would f...

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What to do With Fall Leaves?

Once again, it is that time of year. Farmers toil in the fields, families meander through corn mazes, and neighborhoods prepare for masked and hooded goblins and superheroes. Windows flung open, welcoming the crisp, fresh air of autumn. Everything becomes pumpkin flavored and…*cough, cough*! Oh no! Close the windows! And yes *cough* people start burning leaves. Though most municipalitie...

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Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Hancock and Adams Counties in 2017

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive and destructive insect pest of Ash trees ( Fraxinus sp.) that was discovered in Michigan in 2002 and first found in Illinois in July of 2006. Since that time EAB has been spreading throughout Illinois and 29 other states in the US. In 2017 EAB was positively confirmed in Quincy, IL and Nauvoo, IL The destructive lif...

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Nuisance Invaders on the Move

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Last week my boyfriend and I were outside repainting the porch on the south side of my house. I was looking at the pillars and saw a number of Asian Multicolored Lady Beetles gathering towards the top. Look a little bit further down and I see a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on the same pillar. It's definitely that time of year where we are seeing insects that are going to be looking for pla...

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Drip tape in the high tunnel turns on via automatic timer.

How Should I Water My Plants?

Two weeks ago, my topic for this column was that we need to be watering our plants due to the dry fall weather. Two things have happened since that article. First – It rained. We finally received a nice steady fall rain event. However, the precipitation totals varied throughout West-Central Illinois. In Monmouth this past weekend, that area only received 0.3 of an inch. Farther south, Perry, Il...

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Getting a Handle on Pruning

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Eeek!! It's October already. Where did September go? Wait where is 2017 going? Sometimes life seems to move so fast and we get wrapped up in the daily grind and we blink and the gardening season is coming to an end. There is still work to do in the garden – typical fall clean up, but there are definitely somethings you should avoid. It's so easy to take a walk outside to do fall yard cl...

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