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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
2014-07-28 14 12 56

Home Hydroponics Part II

Earlier this week I posted about the first hydroponic setup I'm testing: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/eb284/entry_8817/ This system is even more simple to assemble and I've had great success with both. Passive System #2- Floating Raft System In this system, instead of having th...

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2014-06-19 11 56 53

Home Hydroponic Systems

This summer I've been trying out some various hydroponic setups that one could utilize in their own home or in the classroom. I initially started the project to show teachers in the hopes that they could implement a system in their classrooms. I showed these setups at the local Summer Ag Institute for teachers and a few are going to try out hydroponics this school year! In my setup, I a...

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2014-07-24 20 04 59
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POTW: Tiger Lilies

Plant of the Week! This week the Tiger Lilies ( Lilium lancifolium ) are blooming beautifully in my garden. Tiger lilies are actually a bulb, similar to how all other true lilies grow. This lily in particular grows to about 4 ft in height and has formed a nice clump in my garden. The flowers of the tiger lily are orange with black spots with th...

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Aster Yellow on Purple Coneflowers

Posted by Candice Hart - Diseases

If you're a lover of coneflowers ( Echinacea sp.), then this is your time of year. The coneflowers are blooming beautifully in many gardens across Northern Illinois. Some gardeners have made note though, that their purple coneflowers in particular are looking a little peculiar this season. Some have noted that they are getting very little flowering and the flowers they do have a...

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2014-07-13 16 03 59

Japanese Beetles Make Their Debut

Japanese beetles have made their annual emergence and the damage can be seen in many gardens. So far, we haven't heard reports of any large numbers of Japanese beetles in Northern Illinois. It's been believed that the numbers would be lower this year because of the harsh winter we had this season, and so far that is looking true. In my own yard I have only seen minor damage to my sweet potato v...

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2013-07-18 18 00 16

Great Gardening Spots of the Rockford Area

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Great Gardening Spots of the Rockford Area The Rockford area is really a great destination for gardeners of all types. There are a number of great garden spots and garden centers to visit. Enough that these alone could easily keep you busy for a weekend of garden exploration suitable for all ages. Below is a brief list of some of the great gardening spots to exp...

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