beginner garden

Beginner Gardening Success

Tips for newbie vegetable gardeners.

Illinois Moon Gardens

Town & Country Partners: Moon Gardens

Listen to a short “Town & Country Partners” radio segment on moon gardens.

Cool Weather Gardening

Cool Weather Gardening Tips

Take a look at helpful gardening tips from the University of Illinois extension for when the weather turns cooler.

Choosing a Christmas Tree

How to Choose and Plant a Live Christmas Tree

Want a real tree this holiday? Try your hand at planting your own live Christmas tree.

Sensational Susans

Sensational Susans Are a Perennial Delight

Yellow flowers, like the black-eyed Susan and its cousins, can be a perennial delight.

Google Urban Gardens

Google Earth Helps Track Chicago Gardens

Researchers at the University of Illinois use Google Earth to help track urban garden growth in Chicago.

Illinois Moon Gardens

Marvelous Moon Gardens

Learn which Illinois plants show up for the night shift

Shade Garden, Tree

How to Plant a Shade Garden

Learn the difference between partial shade, full shade and deep shade – and which plants thrive in each.

Fertilizer Facts for your Garden

Fertilizer Facts For Your Garden

Organic or synthetic? Fertilizer facts help gardeners decide which is best for their plants.

The Garden Journal: The Essentials by Liane Doxey

Grow a Green Thumb with The Garden Journal: The Essentials

Take the guesswork out of gardening with Liane Doxey’s helpful book, The Garden Journal: The Essentials.


Food For the Soul: Family Garden Feeds More Than Appetite

A family learns life lessons that feed the soul through gardening.


6 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid some common mistakes we gardeners make that result in a lot of extra work.

winter flowers

Calculating Plants: Use Math to Plan and Grow Your Garden

Dig up those arithmetic skills to help plan a successful garden.

Retiree Grows 600 Tomatoes

Quincy Retiree Grows 600 Tomato Plants

Retiree Bob Koenig of Quincy turned his hobby into a small business with 600 tomato plants grown in his garden.

Protect Your Plants From Frost

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.

rosemary plants

Rosemary, a Versatile Winter Herb

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.

Protecting Your Perennials

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.

Gardening definitions

Garden Speak: Understanding Botanary

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.

broccoli plants grow in a spring garden

When to Plant Springtime Vegetables

Learn what vegetables can be planted early in the season.


Houseplant History

Determine the decade by plant fads.

Understanding Seed Catalogs

Here are three quick tips to help make sense of seed catalogs

Container flower gardens contain "thrillers" or tall plants. "fillers" to fill the space and "spillers" to cascade out of the container. This pot uses Lillies, verbena and sedum.

Container Garden Excitement

When your only space is a deck or patio, container gardening is for you.

Triple Crown Town

How to Grow Great Grass

This summer, manage your lawn like a pro.

Raised bed gardens grow in popularity.

Raised Beds Grow in Popularity

Try building a raised-bed garden, which is simply a garden built on top of your native soil.

Children’s Book: Our Generous Garden

Children’s book teaches kids where their food really comes from.

Taste NC

3 Ways To Preserve Tomatoes

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.

Kikko Blue Hydrangeas

When Your Garden is Feeling a Bit Blue

True blue flowers can be tricky to find.

Azalea in Bloom at Honor Heights Park.

Picture-Perfect Azaleas

Three planting tips for beautiful flowers this summer.

Guerilla gardening

Guerilla Gardens Replace Eyesores

Guerilla gardeners take action to clean up – and beautify – their communities.


Lasagna Gardening Layers It On Thick

Lasagna gardening is organic, earth-friendly and most importantly, incredibly easy.

The 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way) is bounded by the mountains and graced by 1.8 miles of the Bent Creek stream.

Pinching and Deadheading Your Plants

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.


How to Garden on the Cheap

Tips for adding beauty to your landscape without emptying your wallet.


My Own Garden Masterpiece

Artistic skills bloom in the garden.


Compost: A Gardener’s Black Gold

Use what’s in your yard to create your own compost