Yard & Garden

Man watering geraniumus

Bringing outdoor plants inside for the winter

As the days get shorter and the threat of frost begins to near, it becomes time for gardeners to bring any plants worth saving indoors. Whether that means the houseplants we put on the patio for the summer, or the geraniums we want to try and overwinter for next year. A question comes up from […]

Top ten garden tasks to do this fall

When fall rolls around, it is easy to just be done with ­gardening for the ­season. You’ve worked all season long to water, weed and keep things looking great, and the idea of more gardening may not sound so enticing ­anymore. Don’t give up yet. There are ­numerous fall ­gardening activities that can be completed […]

Add edibles to your fall container gardens

Summer is a busy time for ­gardeners, and as a result, many of us fail to think about what we could plant for a fall vegetable garden ­harvest, or to provide color to our fall landscapes. If you are one of these gardeners, growing colorful fall ­vegetable transplants in ­containers could be an ideal option. […]

Color your home with cut flowers

As gardeners, many of us like to relax in the backyard, ­taking time to enjoy the fruits of our labor and the ­beautiful flowers. We often though do not think about how easily we could bring those ­flowers indoors to enjoy in a vase. Many showy flowers, grasses and ­foliages can be interplanted into your […]

Garden gone awry?

Aggressive, ­invasive, and my ­personal ­favorite, a garden thug are all terms commonly used by gardeners to describe those garden peren­nials that tend to overtake their intended areas. It all starts with good ­intention. Usually it’s a garden friend who wants to share a ­division of a plant they have an abundance of, or a […]

Four final seeds of wisdom

Gardening is one of those ­hobbies that is never the same, at least not in Illinois. Every season brings something different from the ­previous year, which is why it’s fun and ­somewhat annoying for those who like predictability. Yet, gardening shouldn’t be ­predictable. If it becomes too routine, it can lead to monotony. Frustrations abound, […]

Know what to look for when selecting plants

A trip to the garden center is ­similar to a trip to the candy store. There are so many wonderful treats to tempt the senses, from fanciful colors to fantastic forms to appealing fragrances, and occasionally some you want to rub against your face. While the onset of spring can be defined when the first […]

Pace yourself

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! It’s spring and the garden beckons like a school prin­cipal curling and ­uncurling the index finger. Winter is over and it’s time to rediscover the thrill of ­seeing buds pop out on lilacs ­perfuming the air for the 10 days when they are really worth something in the landscape, or tulips unfurling slowly […]

Hand wearing gloves pruning a tree branch

Itching to do spring pruning?

March is the waking-up month when the yard and gardens start to come alive after dreary winter days. And with their wake-up, we start getting that spring fever itch. We want to jump in and enjoy the warmer days and bright sunshine. Nature has ways of thwarting our activity. Warm weather can change in a […]

Why is my plant turning yellow?

Here it is the dead of winter and there’s not much green outside except maybe for the conifers and hellebores. Depending on the ­temperatures some of the bulbs might be poking through. If we want the feeling of growth, we have to turn to our houseplants. Still, they don’t always stay green. Every now and […]