Skip to main content

Signup to receive email updates




or follow our RSS feed

follow our RSS feed
Blog Banner

Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
HLGD Logo small

Home, Lawn and Garden Day 2016 hosted by McLean County Master Gardeners

Home, Lawn and Garden Day The 14 th annual University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardener Home, Lawn and Garden Day will be hosted at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois on Saturday, March 5. It is an all-day gardening extravaganza in which attendees get inspired, visit local vendors and interact with...

Read More >

bigstock-Brussels-Sprout-294605

The Beauty of Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts "Brussels sprouts were the high point of numerous meals over my holiday season. I must admit I have never grown this delectable vegetable because it is known to be a slow-growing vegetable, but now have aspirations to make it part of my fall harvest this year," states University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kell...

Read More >

tree pruning diagram
click image to view 5 more

Tree Pruning Workshop on Feb. 19 in Bloomington

The popular tree pruning workshop is back, and this year will be led by Illinois State University's own Patrick Murphy. Patrick is a horticulturist and curator of the Fell Arboretum that boasts thousands of trees, including 154 different species. Patrick will demonstrate the correct pruning techniques during this hands-on workshop. The workshop will take place on Friday, February 19 at...

Read More >

Amanda Thomsen Kiss My Aster
click image to view 2 more

Popular Blogger of "Kiss My Aster" to speak at 14th Annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day

She's unassuming. She's loud. She's somewhat inappropriate -- that is, if you were thinking you were going to get gardening advice from your grandma. She describes herself as a grade below Martha Stewart and uses common sense to distill her gardening woes. Her name is Amanda Thomsen and she is one of the most popular garden bloggers of our generation. Her blog is "Kiss My Aster" --...

Read More >

Enroth Winter DSC 0229 1  1

Storm Damaged Trees

Damaged Tree Care My father sends a picture of the barren Texas landscape with a light dusting of snow. I return pictures of ice-laden trees glistening against the dark, cloudy sky and flooding streets. "This crazy, but typical winter weather has left homeowners with broken limbs cluttering the ground and trees in distress," states University of Illinois Extensi...

Read More >

Fungus gnat larva on potato slice
click image to view 2 more

Gnats in the Kitchen

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs
Kitchen Gnats "The major houseplant migration, along with the bananas that are ripening on my counter have caused fungus gnat chaos in my kitchen," states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup. Flying gnats have not only populated my home but they have thrived. Another factor that may have contributed to this pest is compost...

Read More >

Holiday Cacti by Jennifer Fishburn

A holiday cactus in full bloom is a great holiday gift. Easy to care for, holiday cacti generally are long lived and will easily bloom year after year. In fact, they are often passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms.When selecting a new plant, look for sturdy, healthy green foliage and new flower buds. Avoid diseased or insect-damaged plants, said Jennifer Fishburn, a horticu...

Read More >


top