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Salt in the Landscape

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

As we've already experienced this year, winter in Illinois commonly means snow and ice. Though plowing and shoveling are the primary means of removing snow and ice where they aren't wanted, deicing salts also help prevent slick, hazardous conditions. While salt is great in its place, it's not so great for many things that may encounter it. Rock salt (sodium chloride) is the most common...

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Designing for Pedestrians can make Shopping (and Communities!) Better

When someone tries to entice me with Black Friday shopping, my response is "That sounds terrible." Shopping, in general, makes me cringe. The idea of rising at 3 AM to wait in line outside of a giant store when it is below freezing outside is enough to turn me into the Grinch. I'm not the only one who shudders at shopping. Yes, Americans are still shop-a-holics as brain science has prov...

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Winter Weather Preparedness

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Winter Weather has arrived in Central Illinois! Therefore, we'll take a break from our regularly scheduled horticulture programming and talk winter weather preparedness. With Illinois averaging five severe winter storms every year, it's a good idea to be prepared. Just like thunderstorms, there can be watches and warnings for winter weather. A winter storm watch means severe winter weat...

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Arugula: A New Trendy Green from the Old World

Arugula has been trending these past few years. You can bet if you turn on a cooking show, they'll probably be using arugula at some point. Many chefs and hip restaurants have made this leafy green with a peppery zing very popular and arugula is now commonly found in grocery stores throughout the US. While arugula may be having a heyday, this is not the first time human civilization has...

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