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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

The holidays are here once again. If you are hosting any holiday meals or other celebrations in the next six weeks, your job is all the more challenging this year with our turbulent economy. Besides food costs, one often overlooked cost is that of a centerpiece. Quite honestly, the cost of a fresh floral centerpiece may be the first thing to be cut if you are looking to reduce the cost of enter...

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Apple Cider

Apple cider is one of those things that say fall is here. Of course, with the weather roller coaster we've had over the last couple of weeks, you might think spring and winter are stopping by as well! A common question I've received is: "What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Aren't they the same thing?" The answer is "It depends." I hated it when one of...

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Overwintering Tropical Plants

Tropical plants have grown in popularity for use in outdoor landscaping. Some have been a garden staple for years, like cannas, elephant ears, and dahlias. Others are less familiar, like banana, mandevilla, and bougainvillea. Most will not survive the cold temperatures of an Illinois winter without being moved indo...

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Mice

Although the topic of mice is really not a horticultural topic, or exists at the far fringes of horticulture at best, this time of year our office gets calls about mice. Fall is the time of year mice are looking for a warm place to spend the winter. This is especially true if you live anywhere remotely rural. Even a park can be a source of mice. There are a few animals that...

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