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Exploring the World of Succulents

Succulents are among the easiest plants to grow, having adapted to hot, dry conditions by having the ability to store and conserve water in their fleshy stems and leaves. Whether you are looking to brighten up your home with a few potted succulents or create a stunning outdoor succulent garden,...
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Honey Suckle

Tackling invasives, restoring natives

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Eliminating honeysuckle from Hedge Apple Woods has been a persistent challenge. However, this invasive shrub is not the only species causing issues as wintercreeper has also invaded certain areas in Hedge Apple Woods. Jack Muirhead, Master Naturalist and project liaison for the...
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Shittake mushrooms

Your Guide to Growing Shiitake Mushrooms at Home

  Shiitake mushrooms are a world-renowned delicacy that are beloved by food enthusiasts. Their rich, earthy, umami flavor and meaty texture make them a sought-after ingredient in countless dishes. But did you know that you can easily cultivate these gourmet mushrooms in your...
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black currant berries and leaves on a mature plant

Enhance your Garden with Edible Landscaping Shrubs

Enhance Your Garden with Edible Landscaping Shrubs  The integration of edible landscaping shrubs into Bloomington-Normal area gardens, sidewalk strips, fence lines, and elsewhere can add beauty, ecological function, and food security to our area. Four standout shrubs should...
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Plant Propagation

Grow your houseplant collection through propagation!

Many indoor gardeners find that just one houseplant is simply not enough. What starts as an admiration of a cute or quirky plant, quickly develops into a desire (or even need!) to fill every nook and cranny of your house or office with something green and growing. An easy and economical way to...
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House plant on ledge

Houseplants to grow on your kitchen counter

The kitchen is often the heart of every home. Whether it is time spent there preparing a family-favorite recipe, sitting around the table with loved ones, or resting at the counter as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee and read the morning news, many memories are made there, and countless hours are...
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an overgrown established apple tree in need of pruning

Get a jump on your tree fruit pruning before spring arrives

Thoughts may not naturally gravitate to pruning fruit trees in February, but they should – especially this year! Thanks to above-average temperatures for much of the winter season, fruit trees in Central Illinois are showing signs of waking up early. So, like it or not, it is time to get out there...
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