University of Illinois Extension

Volume 4 Issue 3

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Container Garden Planting

Anything that holds soil and has drainage holes in the bottom may be transformed into a container garden. “Consider eye appeal, convenience, and cost when choosing a container,” recommended Nancy Pollard, U of I Extension horticulture educator. “Also think about how easy it will be to keep the plants healthy.”

Starting Annuals from Seed

If you are thinking about starting seeds indoors this spring, you need to ask two questions. “First, are you willing to devote the time and energy necessary to ensure successful transplants?” said Martha Smith, U of I Extension horticulturist. “Second, do you have the proper space and adequate growing environment?”

Growing Asparagus

“Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people.
The crop cannot be harvested for three years after planting,” said Jennifer Schultz Nelson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that makes asparagus more expensive in stores, since commercial growers must spend time and money to weed and maintain plots before they yield any asparagus.”

Vegetable Gardening 101

If you are a beginning vegetable gardener, the best advice to take is to start small.

“A small garden is often a wise choice, especially if you may not have a lot of time to devote to planting and maintenance,” recommends Greg Stack, U of I Extension horticulturist.


Crabgrass is just one of many annual grassy weeds which cause problems in home lawns, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Spring Gardening Tips

Bleak winter days seem endless, but soon we will see the first robin and crocus will be poking through the snow: sure signs of spring, said Ron Wolford, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.