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Prairies to Perennials

An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.
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National Honey Bee Day

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

Happy National Honey Bee Day, August 19, 2017. In 2009, the first National Honey Bee Day was celebrated, this day continues annually on the third Saturday in August. This national day was started by grassroots minded beekeepers to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. Most beekeepers are considered hobbyist. According to the Illinois Department...

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Hops in the Herb Garden

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

In recent years, home gardeners and small farmers have become more interested in growing hops.Several years ago, University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Master Gardener volunteers decided to experiment with growing hops in preparation for it being Herb of the Year in 2018.They planted two varieties ( Humululs lupulus 'Aureus' and Humulus lupulus 'Newport') in the...

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Worth Waiting For...

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

Worth Waiting For.... There are many annual and perennial sages commonly found in gardens in spring and summer. They are reliable bloomers in reds, blues, and other colors and fill a variety of landscape needs. SeveralĀ  Salvia species are easy to grow, relatively trouble free, and pollinator friendly. Two members of the Salvia family that are hardy in zones 8 to 10, Pine...

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Hummingbird Mint Creating a Buzz

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

As Fall advances, coneflowers, milkweed and other favorites of butterflies and beesare producing fewer blooms and concentrating on seed production for next year. There are plenty of plantsthat continue to brighten container andlandscape plantings andserve asnectar sources.There are alsosome native perennials that continue to be very attractive blooming plants right up to the first frost....

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Basil Varieties

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

This is the time of year when some varieties of basil like large leaf, purple and red varieties start to look straggly and weak. Leaves may start to discolor and drop, leaving a blank spot in the garden and few leaves for late season pesto. There are some varieties, however, that stay attractive throughout the season right up to the first frost. One of these is Greek Columnar Basil. It...

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Lavender in Full Bloom

Posted by Jennifer Fishburn - Herbs

Even experienced gardeners express frustration about successfully growing lavender. It can take up to two years to achieve the full rounded look of a beautiful mature plant. Many cultivars are labeled suitable to grow in USDA Zone 5b,but some of them can still be sensitive to the severity of the winter. It can take time to get the right combination of plants and weather to successfully overwint...

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