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Green Thumb – A Garden with Good Bones

From April to October, we enjoy our flower gardens. We find their over all visual appearance pleasing. What if all the flowers were removed from the garden? Would our garden areas still be appealing or would they be lacking in form and design? One of the easiest ways to bring a ...read more

Green Thumb – Ask a Master Gardener about Vegetables

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if greenvegetables smelled as good as bacon.”  Doug Larson This year, many people are showing an interest in growing their own vegetables. For some, there is comfort in having some control over their food source. For others it has been a search for ...read more

Green Thumb – How Does Your Garden Grow

Welcome Spring! It’s time to welcome the spring gardening season. We will explore some of the new garden trends for 2020 and get acquainted with some of the many new plants being offered for our gardens. A quick but important step before we begin is to review notes that we made ...read more

Green Thumb – Sensational Shrubs for Your Garden

Between the worlds of large trees and smaller annuals and perennials, we often overlook the beautiful and diverse family of shrubs. These plants are capable of supplying seasonal garden interest from early spring all the way through the winter months. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular shrubs for your home ...read more

Green Thumb – Flowers of the Frost

Fall is often the forgotten gardening season. However, fall is one of the most beautiful of the seasons in nature and can be equally amazing in our home gardens. There exists a good selection of plants that do well in the fall and right up to the time when frost ...read more

Green Thumb – Beautiful Hibiscus

I need a bumper sticker with this phrase: “I brake for hibiscus.” I saw a plant last summer with flowers so big they looked like pink dinner plates hanging on a bush. Who could drive by without stopping to look? If you’ve never seen flowers this big, you might think it’s ...read more

Green Thumb – Garden Warriors at Work

Before the high tech world of smartphones, iPads, Kindles and Play Stations, there was another world to explore. This fascinating place in which I grew up was called nature. Early in the morning, neighborhood kids would gather and prepare to explore the nearby fields, ponds and woods in search of interesting ...read more

Green Thumb – Tomato Trials & Tribulations

I like to grow different tomato varieties, but I also like to find the top of my kitchen counter at harvest time. That is why I usually grow just four plants. Last summer I had 17.  Some of them were candidates for the compost pile, like the four-pack of desiccated ‘Jet ...read more

Green Thumb – Springtime in the Garden

As gardeners, we have been patiently or perhaps not so patiently waiting for April and May and the beginning of the gardening season. We look forward to enjoying some of our old garden favorites but will also be interested in exploring new gardening trends and the new plants for this ...read more

Ask a Master Gardener About Trees

Questions from University of Illinois Extension, DeKalb County Horticulture Help Desk   When winter finally ends we are eager to get out there and begin our planting projects. Mosquitoes, heat and humidity are a distant memory. We are excited about the new season and know it will be better than ever. Some of ...read more