Category Archives: Growing

Garden update March 9, 2016

Last week I did some research that led me to realize I’ve been taking the wrong approach to early seed planting outdoors in two ways. I left mulch on the raised beds. While this acts as a blanket to keep … Continue reading

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A Day of Celebration — The 10 Hour Light Day

Today in Champaign-Urbana is the first day of the year when the sun sets over 10 hours after it rises!! And with that, plants can get enough light to really begin growing on their own under cover. Granted, there are … Continue reading

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Garlic and Winter Naps

“True gardeners never cease to garden…” In advance of the hard freeze yesterday we started tucking in the strawberries and perennial herbs for their winter’s nap. And along with new tulip and daffodil bulbs, we planted garlic. Garlic can be … Continue reading

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Crops for Fall and Winter Harvest

We’ve got our 2 fall and winter harvest beds planted now. I’m trying out new hoops using EMT metal pipe and Tufflite plastic to compliment the normal Agribon-19 that I use. With a warmer-than-normal October-December expected, there’s reason to hope … Continue reading

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Year to Date – Cool and Wet in Illinois

Every garden season is different, because every year the context is different. For many, tomatoes were a bit off this year, since as a general rule they don’t like to be too cool or damp. I’m a bit suspicious about my sweet … Continue reading

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This Week in Gardening: The Start of September

As the last of the potatoes are pulled from the ground, and the tomato, zucchini, pepper, and bean harvests come to an end, gardening activities once again pick up for a couple of weeks. Nature is very unhappy with bare … Continue reading

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Cool July Across Illinois and the Midwest

I’ve heard from some friends frustrated because their tomatoes are so slow in developing. The weather is likely a contributing factor for these and other heat-loving plants. On the other hand, it’s a good year so far to get extended … Continue reading

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