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  • Take ideas from a home stager’s bag of tricks Sep 20, 2014 3:01 AM
    Tyler Whitmore, owner of the staging and design firm Ta-da! Homes in Bethesda, Md., joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

     
  • Time to plant your trees and shrubs Sep 20, 2014 6:01 AM
    Fall is a great time to plant and transplant trees and shrubs. The warm soil, moderate air temperatures and rain of autumn help plants re-establish their root systems after transplanting.

     
  • Compost Happens: Tips for making it happen right Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

     
  • Bring your garden indoors with cut flowers Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Do you have any tips for cutting flowers from the garden to bring indoors?

     
  • Seedheads give perennials another season of interest Sep 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    It is best to remove the spent blooms from a few perennials; others have gorgeous blossoms that transform into sensational seed heads.

     
  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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