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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Fall Flowers

I read in an article recently that the mark of a "true landscaper" was planting fall flowers. Now I'm not sure I agree completely with the author of that statement, but I do think that choosing to plant fall flowers does open up a whole new world of gardening if you haven't tried it before. Growing up, my mom always planted annuals each spring, and they lasted until the fir...

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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. I remember going out to Curtis Orchards in Champaign about 4...

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Emerald Ash Borer Update

Many of you may remember back in 2006 when the news came that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) had been found in Kane County, in Northern Illinois. This tiny green insect is responsible for the death of more than 20 million ash trees. This summer, the pest has been confirmed much further south, in Chenoa, Illinois, nort...

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The topic of groundhogs seems more appropriate for early February and predictions of spring's arrival, but if one has moved into your garden this summer, this is definitely a timely topic. The U of I Extension Master Gardeners in Macon County maintain a display garden of vegetables and flowers that is used for a gardening segment on WAND-TV that airs on Mondays during...

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