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  • Plant mums and asters now Sep 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    Try to buy chrysanthemums and asters for fall color when their flower buds are just beginning to open. That way, the blooms will last longer in your garden.

  • Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden Sep 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away. But co-existing with wildlife in farm fields or gardens can be a winning proposition if you’re willing to alter your habitat. Even nuisance animals can become plant partners with a little planning. “You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce.

  • Farm-to-table school garden a delicious lesson in Arlington Hts. Sep 10, 2014 10:38 AM
    For the fourth straight year, students at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights enjoyed a farm-to-table dining experience, during their regular Friday lunch hour. Beyond what they brought in their lunch buckets, students tasted kale salad and freshly made tortilla chips with salsa.

  • Fall a good time to pump up the yard with water features Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    As summer wanes we start thinking about ways to enhance our garden next year. It's hard to beat a water feature for bringing relaxation and beauty or maybe even excitement. From fountains to swimming pools, koi ponds and waterfalls, water creates music and color.

  • Garlic chives: Ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy Sep 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.

  • Finer points of building healthy compost piles Aug 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Is it necessary to add “compost additive” to my compost pile? What about adding fertilizer or lime?

  • Crabgrass, powdery mildew common ailments Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    Powdery mildew, a disease that causes a grayish, powdery film on leaves, can be seen in many plants now. This disease typically occurs in the late summer when the weather is warm and humid.

  • Asters make an ideal choice for the fall landscape Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Asters are the perfect solution for a color-challenged fall garden. They fill the gap created by the decline of summer-blooming annuals and perennials. They are also suitable companions to other fabulous fall-blooming annuals and perennials like goldenrod, pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage, and sedum.

  • Summer veggies were just the first round Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    In the heat of summer, it’s hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it’s hard to imagine it becoming rainy again. But of course the weather does change, and you’ve got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables. Growing fall vegetables is like having another whole growing season in the garden.

  • Bees aren’t the only pollinators you can attract Aug 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a long-term landscaping commitment, however. They need a wide variety of forage plants along with protected nesting sites to thrive.

  • Jen School students expand from growing vegetables to selling them Aug 25, 2014 12:39 PM
    Students returned l to the Jen School on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines to find their vegetable garden bursting with fresh produce. In fact, the garden is turning out so much the school is opening a farmers market. “The garden truly is an extension of the school,” Anne Craig says. “It’s not just the planting, cultivating and harvesting that offers so many lessons; it’s the social, emotional and therapeutic aspects that makes it so successful.”

  • Emerald ash borer to cost Bartlett up to $1.4 million next year Aug 20, 2014 5:44 PM
    Bartlett trustees have agreed to pay a Wauconda contractor up to $1.4 million next year as the village speeds up work to remove trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. "(W)e need to spend more and pick up the pace because our residents would really like to get those dead trees out of their front yards," Village Administrator Valerie Salmons said.

  • Buy rare fruits, veggies and plants at Heirloom Garden Show Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    “Love Lies Bleeding” and “Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate” may sound like titles of books or songs, but in the plant world, they are vintage flowers. See them in person when Garfield Farm Museum holds its 25th annual Heirloom Garden Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in Campton Hills.

  • Keep hostas ‘in the blue’ by controlling a few factors Aug 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Blue hostas are fascinating types. Imposters all, their leaves are really green! A waxy coating, called cutin, is responsible for the blue color we see — the thicker the coating, the bluer the hosta. You can keep your hostas ‘in the blue’ as long as possible by controlling some environmental and cultural factors.

  • Constable: Brace yourself for World War Zucchini! Aug 19, 2014 5:34 AM
    Every year as summer moves closer to fall, we suburbanites must steel ourselves for the onslaught of World War Z. Those who aren't vigilant end up with more zucchini than we know what to do with. And that number is one.

  • Streamwood ‘harassing’ her over her yard Aug 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the ediitor: A Streamwood writer compalins that a village code officer is harassing her over weeds in her yard, that she says are flowers.

  • Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with milk and yogurt. Many people also add greens. “Follow the harvest and work with whatever is ripening,” said Nan Chase.

  • Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM
    Online ordering will be available in early August for Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. This is a great opportunity to add native woody plants to your property.

  • Seed bare spots in your lawn now Aug 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    It is time to plan for and order spring-flowering bulbs for your garden. These plants need well-drained soil, so any area that remains wet for long periods of time or has standing water is unsuitable for bulbs.

  • Shade garden design easy with award-winning perennials Aug 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    The Perennial Plant Association has chosen a Perennial of the Year since 1990 and plenty of their choices are suitable for shady sites. It’s easy to create a beautiful design if you begin with these plants.

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