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  • Fire tables join campfire fun Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and firepit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living trend is continuing to gain momentum,” said Ross Johnson, sales and marketing manager for The Outdoor Great Room Co. in Eagan, Minnesota.

     
  • A sea of red at poinsettia greenhouse Dec 15, 2014 5:40 PM
    The Leider family is growing thousands of poinsettias for the holiday season at Leider Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove.

     
  • Ignore those ugly rumors about mulch Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Rumor has it that mulching your garden beds or trees and shrubs could starve your plants. It’s a rumor that has circulated for the past 40 years or so, ever since mulching surged in popularity as a way to quell weeds and conserve water. Is there anything to it? If anything, you’d think that nutrients in mulches would help nourish plants, not starve them.

     
  • Enjoy water fixtures all year by winterizing Dec 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    For many people with backyard ponds, fountains and other water-garden fixtures, the arrival of cold weather means draining the pipes and pulling the plug.

     
  • Leave fallen leaves on shrubs, perennials Dec 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. With the cold weather upon us, I still have many fallen leaves on my yard and bushes. Is it necessary to remove them?

     
  • It’s fall, and boxelder bugs want in Dec 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    Batten down the hatches. It’s that time of year when boxelder bugs are snooping around looking for a winter home. Your home and mine, that is. You know these bugs. They are about a half-inch long and charcoal gray, with three red stripes on their thorax and red veins on their wings.

     
  • Consider windbreaks to protect evergreens Dec 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Last spring I found a lot of brown needles on my evergreens. I think it was a type of “winter burn” due to strong cold winds. How can I prepare my evergreens to avoid that problem this year?

     
  • Tucking your cold-weather babies into beds Dec 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Frankly, they look a little like Halloween decorations: billowy, semi-sheer white fabric pieces draped over two of my urban front-yard garden’s raised beds. Ghostly, or perhaps spider-webby. What I’m hoping they’ll do is anything but scary. These floating row covers can protect plants from wind and dropping temperatures as we stream through fall and into winter, and I’m counting on them to extend my garden.

     
  • Evergreens can lose water this month Nov 29, 2014 6:30 AM
    It is easy to forget about watering during the colder weather in November, but recently planted evergreens should not go into winter under stress from being too dry, which will increase the chance of winter burn. Evergreens planted over the last three years should be watered as needed this month if conditions are dry.

     
  • Paperwhites can fill your home with fragrance Dec 3, 2014 6:29 PM
    Fill your home with the sweet fragrance of paperwhites this winter. Inexpensive and easy to grow, they take about four weeks to force into bloom. Planting several bulbs every two to four weeks will ensure a continual supply of their flowers and perfume.

     
  • Keep Norfolk pine indoors to extend its life Nov 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I want to buy a small Norfolk Island pine for Christmas. Can I plant it outside in the spring?

     
  • Keep poinsettias blooming long after the holidays Nov 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    The poinsettia — the flower we all associate with Christmas — has a long history. It was a favorite of King Montezuma and used by the Aztecs to control fevers and make red dyes. The poinsettia made its way to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsett.

     
  • Enjoy fresh herbs all winter long Nov 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The season for growing herbs on your sunny patio may be over, but you can still have fresh herbs for your favorite recipes. Give them what they need — a sunny spot, well-drained soil and the correct amount of water and fertilizer — and many herbs are easy to grow indoors.

     
  • Fallen leaves equal free soil conditioner Nov 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Q. During fall, everyone throws out bags of leaves. I’ve heard that recycling leaves is good for your garden.

     
  • Bulbs in containers make unique display Nov 15, 2014 6:01 AM
    For a unique and dramatic display in spring, plant bulbs in containers, with layers of bulbs of different kinds.

     
  • Amaryllis produce flashy flowers Nov 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Gardeners can keep their gardening thumbs green throughout winter months by bringing amaryllis bulbs into bloom. Flamboyant flowers in brilliant shades of red, pink, orange, white and combinations of these brighten even the dreariest, snowy days.

     
  • Get outdoor faucets, containers ready for winter Nov 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the nights get colder, it is a good idea to disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots to eliminate the risk that trapped water may freeze and damage our faucet and plumbing.

     
  • Japan’s chrysanthemums: More than symbol of autumn Nov 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there’s a flower for every time of year, and right now, it’s the chrysanthemum, celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, the chrysanthemum, called “kiku” in Japanese, symbolizes the season, but more than that, it’s a symbol of the country itself. The monarchy is referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne and the imperial crest is a stylized mum blossom. That seal is embossed on Japanese passports. The flower is also a common motif in art, and it’s seen in everyday life depicted on the 50-yen coin.

     
  • Stop and smell the tulips. Some varieties, anyway Nov 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tulips are the floral harbingers of spring, providing brilliant bursts of color in otherwise drab surroundings. But a few varieties offer another kind of bouquet, too: They’re fragrant. “Tulips normally are planted in home gardens for color and form, but about 15 percent to 20 percent of all varieties have the added bonus of being fragrant as well,” said Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms.

     
  • ‘Navitar’ can offer some benefits of native plants, but at what cost? Nov 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I have heard the term “nativar” and was wondering if such plants can replace native plants and still be effective as a producer of food for wildlife?

     
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