What if winter never arrives in the Midwest?
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What if winter never arrives in the Midwest?

What if winter never arrives in the Midwest?

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Select seeds in tune with garden space
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Select seeds in tune with garden space

Select seeds in tune with garden space

GOOD GROWING: What do you give thanks for?
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GOOD GROWING: What do you give thanks for?

What is on your list of thanks this Thanksgiving? After all, that is the question of the week. I am grateful for many things, too much to list here. If I could distill down to a few core items for which I give thanks, the following is what I have to offer

GOOD GROWING: Growing herbs, lettuce in winter
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GOOD GROWING: Growing herbs, lettuce in winter

Just because days are shorter and colder and the outdoor gardening days are over, doesn't mean that it all must come to an end. Indoors we can have our green houseplants. But what if I told you it's possible to have herbs and lettuce and eat them, too.

Extend the growing season with low tunnels
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Extend the growing season with low tunnels

Extend the growing season with low tunnels

Illinois is the ideal place for tree diversity
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Illinois is the ideal place for tree diversity

The other day I was teaching a group about native Illinois trees, and, of course, I was all excited because I was teaching about trees, which is my No. 1 passion.

Try composting fall leaves to meet soil needs
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Try composting fall leaves to meet soil needs

Try composting fall leaves to meet soil needs

Nuisance Invaders on the Move
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Nuisance Invaders on the Move

Last week my boyfriend and I were repainting the porch on the south side of my house. I was looking at the pillars, and saw a number of Asian multicolored lady beetles gathering toward the top.

How should I water my plants?
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How should I water my plants?

How should I water my plants?

Put the pruners away
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Put the pruners away

Eeek. It's October already. Where did September go? Wait, where is 2017 going? Sometimes life seems to move so fast, and we get wrapped up in the daily grind that we blink and the gardening season is coming to an end.