A plethora of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and birds, can help home gardens flourish.
Pests and misconceptions can be equally devastating to agriculture.
Tips for newbie vegetable gardeners.
Take a look at helpful gardening tips from the University of Illinois extension for when the weather turns cooler.
Want a real tree this holiday? Try your hand at planting your own live Christmas tree.
Yellow flowers, like the black-eyed Susan and its cousins, can be a perennial delight.
Learn which Illinois plants show up for the night shift
What is a modern cottage garden, and what are the plants grown there? Compact, colorful, fragrant, informal and utilitarian are all adjectives used to describe cottage gardens.
Learn the difference between partial shade, full shade and deep shade – and which plants thrive in each.
Organic or synthetic? Fertilizer facts help gardeners decide which is best for their plants.
Take the guesswork out of gardening with Liane Doxey’s helpful book, The Garden Journal: The Essentials.
Avoid some common mistakes we gardeners make that result in a lot of extra work.
Dig up those arithmetic skills to help plan a successful garden.
If you’re a home gardener who is interested in fruit trees, make sure you pick a species that will do well in the Illinois climate.
More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.
Most of the spring plants in your yard and garden require protection when overnight frost is predicted. Here are a few methods for sheltering plants in garden beds.
This winter, swap out your artificial tree for an evergreen variety.
Rosemary, a perennial evergreen shrub, can easily be grown in a home or garage during the winter months. The key is to make sure the area is cool and moist.
When the temperature drops, don’t forget to take care of your outdoor plants so they will be healthy when spring comes. Here are some tips for protecting your plants in the winter.
During the span of our gardening careers, what piques our interest is constantly evolving. Where are you on your horticultural journey?
Caring for your perennials in the cool weather months is key in ensuring healthy buds in the spring. Tips on whether or not to cut back your perennials.
Have you ever been around a group of gardeners who seem to be talking in a foreign language? Here are some of the more common terms, starting with botanary, which is short for botanical dictionary.
A vase of cut flowers may be beautiful, but they will only last a few days. To enjoy those summer flowers through the winter months, try some of these preservation techniques.
Thyme is a hardy perennial in Illinois. There are more than 100 species from which to choose, ranging from a couple inches tall to 15 inches.
Learn what vegetables can be planted early in the season.
Determine the decade by plant fads.
Here are three quick tips to help make sense of seed catalogs
To enjoy fresh herbs year-round, consider indoor herb gardening.
When your only space is a deck or patio, container gardening is for you.
This summer, manage your lawn like a pro.
Try building a raised-bed garden, which is simply a garden built on top of your native soil.
One of summer’s tastiest gifts is a basket of juicy ripe tomatoes fresh from the vine. With a day’s work and a little know-how, you can enjoy your bounty of summer tomatoes year-round.
True blue flowers can be tricky to find.
Three planting tips for beautiful flowers this summer.
Guerilla gardeners take action to clean up – and beautify – their communities.
Lasagna gardening is organic, earth-friendly and most importantly, incredibly easy.
Learn how to plant a sweet potato.
The gardening methods of pinching and deadheading sound a little mean, don’t they? But while they sound a little harsh, both methods can greatly improve a plant’s appearance.
Tips for adding beauty to your landscape without emptying your wallet.
If you’re starting asparagus in your garden this year, remember that you’ll have to wait three years after planting for your first crop.
Artistic skills bloom in the garden.
Use what’s in your yard to create your own compost