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Understanding Fruit Tree Pollination

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Getting your fruit trees in the home orchard to provide you with the fruits you expect involves understanding the different kinds of pollination your fruit trees need. In Northern Illinois, the most popular fruit tree is most likely apple. It is the hardest when it comes to fruit production while some of our other fruits may not bear a crop every year. The fruit trees themselves are winter hardy,...

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Breaking down the Garden Seed Catalog

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Garden catalogs begin to show up in early January and will continue for the few weeks. Each picture looks better than the next and promises to be bigger, better, than last year. There may be plenty of phrases or words that are unfamiliar or perhaps you have seen them before and never went far enough to find out what they mean. Vegetable descriptions will often include a number of initials at the e...

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Will 2013 be Another Dry Gardening Season?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Gardeners were really glad to see the cooler weather and some rainfall at the end of the 2012 gardening season. The question is whether or not 2013 will be any better. For a lot of areas in Illinois, the usual fall rain did not materialize and through mid-January snow has been scarce. In a more normal year, plants start the season off by using the soil moisture available from the melted snow an...

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Presents for the Birds and Your Backyard

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Just about now you can see holiday trees sitting in the front or side yard, waiting for the assigned pick up date to be collected and mulched. This is one way to be sure your holiday tree gets recycled to the benefit of the environment. The follow through to getting your tree composted in a community program is to be sure your take advantage of the composted material later by bringing some back...

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