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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Emerald Ash Borer-- Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire

Unless you've been away from absolutely all media sources in the past ten days, you've heard the news that the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer has hit Illinois. Many people have called my office panicked at the thought that their tree may be harboring this insect. It's not time to panic just yet. But it is time to learn what we're up against and what we can do now in relation to this tiny, yet surpri...

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Stevia rebaudiana

Tired of the same old herbs in your garden each year? Looking for something different? Consider stevia, an ancient herb that is gaining popularity in the U.S. The common name for stevia is sweetleaf or sugarleaf, hinting at what this herb has been traditionally used for by many cultures. Stevia is a small shrub-like plant native to South and Central America. For centuries,...

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Strawberries-- Fragaria spp.

Few would argue that a sure sign of summer approaching is the first strawberries of the season. You may think "First strawberries? But aren't they in the store all the time?" That's where as modern people we forget that every fruit and vegetable at one time was only available fresh for a limited time each year. With increasingly efficient shipping methods and produce bred to withstand t...

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