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Edibles Through the Seasons

Lawn Alternatives

Bring in the Bugs

Sizzling Plants for 2015

 

 

 

 
Ohio Gardener

Edibles Through the Seasons
by Cathy Jean Maloney - January 2015

Tomatoes, the occasional pepper and some herbs. That’s the usual extent of my vegetable garden. Ho hum. This year, I’m dreaming big. With the help of the garden planner software on our website, chicagolandgardening.com/planner, I’m playing around with a spring-summer-fall bounty of veggies. The software helps me figure out crop rotation, spacing, companion plants, planting schedules – all the stuff I usually ignore and thus end up with an uninspired harvest. You can do the same with similar software, or with pen and paper and a handy vegetable garden reference book ...   >> read article

Lawn Alternatives
by Carolyn Ulrich - January 2015

Something there is that doesn’t love a lawn.

Oops, that’s not what Robert Frost wrote in his poem “Mending Wall.” But in many circles today, lawns are persona non grata. Perhaps yours as well.

By now we’ve heard the arguments against turfgrass lawns – they’re water thieves, chemical fertilizer hogs, air pollution thugs. And yet … we do need some open space where we can rest the eye. A garden is not nature. It’s a designed space, a human construct, man-made. It requires some visual order, some art ...   >> read article

Bring in the Bugs
by Lori Moore - January 2015

Whether in a woodland, prairie or a wetland area, growing natives and providing a home for their insect friends is vital to healthy habitats.

“People are looking around, and they’re noticing that things are not the way that they used to be. There are fewer birds, there are fewer butterflies, there’s less of everything,” says Douglas Tallamy, professor and chairman of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. “There are more people; everything is built up. There’s just this underlying feeling that something is wrong, and people are realizing that it’s critical ...”   >> read article

Sizzling Plants for 2015
by Maria Zampini - January 2015

‘New’ is always exciting. You just have to check out these new plants – or are they really fashion statements – for 2015.

The latest and greatest new plants may jump off the pages of catalogs and magazines, but it’s only when we “try them on” in our own gardens that they can truly provide pleasure for all the senses.

Each August, the Farwest Tradeshow in Portland, Oregon, hosts the New Variety Showcase inviting breeders from around the world to debut their new plant introductions to the horticultural industry ...   >> read article

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