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DIY: Regrowing Celery

A fellow Illinois Extension colleague shared a blog last year titled " Kitchen Scrap Gardening ." You might have heard of these home kitchen experiments regrowing foods from leftover seeds, stems, and scraps. Using the stem leftover from my last post on freezing celery, I have been growing and documenting my journey of growing celery from "scrap." If...

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Journey to Freezing Celery

Celery is one of the foods that tends to go limp in my refrigerator. I do not use celery as much in recipes as, say, onions or carrots. I never enjoy throwing out the limp celery, and set out to find a way to save as much as I could of my purchase. Try 1: Make lots of celery recipes in the same week. A week is about how long fresh celery holds up in my refrigerat...

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Learn to Propagate Your Plants at From the Ground Up on March 9

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Most of us gardeners are itching to get gardening this time of year, which is why Extension offers lots of great programming in the winter to get gardeners excited and inspired! Next up on our gardening calendar is our new From the Ground Up program coming up at Allerton Park and Retreat Center on March 9. Join University of Illinois Extension for a mornin...

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Furred and Feathered Townies

I once had a squirrel enter my house from an upstairs window, which promptly ran downstairs to finish my breakfast of eggs and toast on the dining room table. My dog and two cats watched from the sidelines incredulously; no doubt asking themselves why  they didn't get invited to breakfast. Homeowners and gardeners are often confused and sometimes irritated with encounters of wil...

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DIY: Red Pepper Flakes

Every summer, gardens at home are hit or miss on what grows and what doesn't. Sometimes a plant just grows and grows! This was the case for the gardener who brought me multiple bunches of hot peppers – jalapeños, poblanos, and lots of small red hot peppers. Just for fun, I decided to string and hang the red peppers to dry. For instructions on drying peppers on string, I recommend readin...

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Kokedama String Gardens

Posted by Candice Hart - Gardening

Kokedama String Gardens Get creative with your houseplant displays this winter and try hanging a few plants in the window to create a string garden. The term String Gardening is a term that has become attached to a style of Japanese bonsai known as kokedama, which literally means "moss ball" in English. Instead of growing plants in a traditional container, the r...

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The Nuts Around Us

Posted by Beth Allhands - Gardening

Fudge, tea rings, macaroons, baklava, pralines, and brittles! These are some of the nutty holiday sweets we indulgence in this time of year. Besides these delectable offerings, unshelled nuts to be eaten in their natural state are common around the holiday season as well. I'm going to date myself, but stockings at my house didn't have toys, but a wonderful mixture of fruit, nuts and candy. The...

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