The Chicago area is closing out what could be its warmest February ever, and the signs are clear: Trees are leafing out, once-dormant plants are peeking up through the ground and pollen counts are going up.
Sterling Township, the University of Illinois Extension, Whiteside County Master Gardeners, Sterling Gardens and CGH Health Foundation are coordinating to offer township residents space to participate in a community garden for the second year in a row.
What homeowners do at the end of the growing season often determines how good your next year is going to be, said Nancy Kuhajda, University of Illinois Extension Will and Grundy master gardener coordinator.
The self-paced Master Gardener course starts this fall and can be completed in 14 weeks
Sandoval will take attendees through the seasons and discuss native plants that are great for wildlife, grow well in a range of conditions, are easy to purchase locally and are beautiful in small to medium landscapes.
Nectar carbohydrates help keep a ruby-throated hummingbird’s wee wings moving at the astounding speed of 50 beats or more per second.
Attendees can learn about plant diseases, entomology, soils and fertilizers, pest management and organic gardening. The training includes a manual, reading materials, videos and quizzes. An internet connection is recommended. Registration is required.
"Our bike ride … gave us a bit of a look directly into the maw of what happens when one particular introduced species thrives in its new environment."
Just when your garden is beginning to produce beautiful roses and sweet juicy raspberries, those pesky Japanese beetles come along and make a mess of everything.
A once a month clean up day in Dixon took off Thursday, July 6, 2023.
Opinion: We are fortunate to live in the Midwest with some of the richest soil in the country. Here are some ways to keep your gardens weed and pest free without harmful chemicals, writes Clare Kron of DeKalb's Citizens' Environmental Commission.
The 17th annual Downers Grove Garden Walk will be held July 15.
Julia Voss of Lombard has received a $2,500 scholarship from the organization.
She realized, after a lifetime of gardening and a career in horticulture, what a tremendous impact even a small amount of native plants can have on a landscape.
Two free community gardens will be springing up this year in the Twin Cities, and signup is on – no green thumbs required.