I typically write about landscape improvements, however, Illinois Extension has been getting a number of calls regarding vegetable gardening in straw bales. So, I decide to write a special edition on the basics of straw bale gardening.

Spring has sprung and I am back! I was on leave for quite some time but, I am happy to be back and blogging again.

Looks like it is time to prune my roses. In my area of northeastern Illinois the forsythia are in bloom so, it must be time to prune the roses. Many gardeners use this as a sign to remind them to prune roses. Late winter early spring is generally a great time to prune roses and many other woody plants. It is warm enough to avoid winter injury yet still cool enough to minimize the spread of insects and disease.