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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Getting Ready For Spring

Posted by John Fulton -

In the dead of winter, it sure is nice to have something to look forward to. Especially when that something is colorful and alive, like growing plants. The arrival of seed catalogs tells us it is time to prepare for the growing season. In a very short time it will be time to start your own transplants from seed. Just two months away we'll be seeding lawns and doing some renovation. And...

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Basic Winter Houseplant Care - from David Robson

Posted by John Fulton -

Houseplants do not thrive during the winter months, states David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield Center. Yet, most homeowners try to "push" their plants to grow. Tropical plants, lik...

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Vegetable Gardening Online Manual

Posted by John Fulton -

As cold weather bears down on us, think about something to cheer you up. One thing might be vegetable gardening, and there is a new online Vegetable Gardening manual developed by Jim Schmidt. http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/vegguide/...

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New Successful Container Gardens Website from University of Illinois Extension

Posted by John Fulton -

This extensive website discusses choosing a container, selecting soil mixes, choosing and combining plants, fertilizing, watering and grooming basics. It also includes special containers including water gardens, hanging baskets, topiaries as well as creating whimsical containers. A special section, Blueprints for Building Containers , shows plans for creating specific...

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