Gardeners Corner

Gardeners Corner is a quarterly newsletter from the Illinois Extension team of horticulture experts. Each issue highlights seasonal recommendations and how-tos that will make your houseplants, landscape, or garden shine in any season.

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Spring 2022


Past Gardeners Corner topics are available at

  • Summer 2019 (PDF): Fruit Tree Planting, Install a Rain Barrel This Summer, Garden Design with Native Plants in Mind, Beauty For a Day, Living with Japanese Beetles , The Versatile Elderberry
  • Spring 2019 (PDF): Spring Tree Planting, Tips for Growing Ginger, Add Beauty to the Garden with Cool Season Annuals, Spring Lawn Care, Annual Flowering Vines, 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year
  • Winter 2019 (PDF): Try Worm Composting This Winter, Caring for Amaryllis, Norfolk Island Pine, Winter Watering of Trees and Shrubs, Who is Spending Winter in Your Garden, Houseplant Expectations During Winter
  • Fall 2018 (PDF): Fall Seeding of Lawns, Ornamental Kale At-Home Tissue Culture, Top Perennials for a Fall Cutting Garden, Five Valuable Tips for Fall Lawn Care, Overwintering Tender Plants Indoors, Fall Browning of Evergreen Foliage
  • Summer 2018 (PDF): Taking Care of Spring-Planted Trees, Shrubs, and Evergreens, Pineberries: Pineapple-flavored Strawberries, The Basics of Straw Bale Gardening, Be on the Lookout for Ticks, Conserve Water this Summer, Gardening with Reptiles
  • Spring 2018 (PDF): The Sweet Story of Strawberry Success, Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds, Organic-Based Soil Fertility: A Primer, Kitchen-Scrap Gardening, ‘Millenium’ Allium—2018 Perennial Plant of the Year, The Super-Cool Leaves of Vegetable Greens
  • Winter 2018 (PDF): Choosing and Caring for Your Christmas Tree, Please Help with BMSB Identification in Illinois, Keep Gardening All Winter Long, Understanding Photoperiodism, One Key to Plant Flowering Propagating Houseplants to Expand Your Collection, Caring for Your Houseplants in Winter, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
  • Fall 2017 (PDF): Keeping Your Vegetable Garden in Shape in the Offseason, Making Your Own Tissue Culture Medium, Soil Testing: A Key to Good Gardening, Garden Preparations for Winter, Tulips: Worth More than Gold!, Consider Edibles for Fall Container Gardens
  • Summer 2017 (PDF): What’s the Buzz About Illinois Bees?, Identifying and Managing Your Garden Weeds Beware of Dangerous Carrots!, Butterfly Weed: Perennial of the Year, School Gardens: Cultivating Produce and Passions, Spice Up Your Landscape with Ornamental Peppers, Tree Foliage Diseases May Look Bad, But They’re Rarely Fatal
  • Spring 2017 (PDF): Top Five Cool-Season Annuals for Containers, Fire Blight of Apples and Pears, How Can I Support Pollinators? Accessible Edible Gardens, Moss Gardening (Yes, You Read That Right), Corriandrum: 2017 Herb of the Year
  • Winter 2017 (PDF): Don’t Toss that Poinsettia: Try a Little After-Holiday Care, Grow Tillandsias for the Holiday Season, Choosing Plants with Winter Interest, Living with Your Houseplants and Their Insect Relatives, Orchids Are Elegant Houseplants, Grow Your Own Birdseed
  • Fall 2016 (PDF): Key Garden Tasks for Fall, Fantastic, Funky Spring-Blooming Bulbs, Daffodils, Narcissus, or Jonquil? Ready Garden Tools and Equipment for Winter, Why Not to Cut Your Perennials This Fall, Handling Your Fresh-Picked Produce 6. Fall Preparation for Vegetable Gardens