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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Winter Squash

Winter squash is a misunderstood group of vegetables with an identity crisis. But the poor winter squash didn't do anything to deserve this bum rap. Many people decorate their homes with squash and pumpkins this time of year to evoke the fall season. Ask many of those same people about cooking that squash that has added to their décor, and you will get a blank stare and be asked "How? It's prob...

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Extending the Growing Season

Fall weather is finally upon us. Recent frosts may have put an end to the heat loving crops like tomatoes and peppers, but many gardeners look for ways to keep their garden going just a little longer. If you are a vegetable gardener, it is possible to harvest some crops well into the winter months. Root crops like carrots, beets, and turnips can be left in the ground well after the firs...

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Spring Bulbs

Despite the ongoing drought which has made a lot of gardeners feel rather defeated this year, we can always look forward to spring. This is the time of year to start dreaming of spring flowers, particularly bulbs. Every year someone asks about the spring bulbs blooming in my yard, wanting to know where to purchase the flowers. I explain they have to be purchased and planted in the fall,...

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Honeycrisp™ Apples

I don't remember exactly when it happened here in central Illinois, but at some point it seemed to me like the apple variety 'Honeycrisp™' became THE apple to which all others were compared, if you were lucky enough to find one. Many people find 'Honeycrisp™' to be superior to any other apple, and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. 'Honeycrisp™'...

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