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Terrific Tomatoes Naturally

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

How about those white, pasty, tasteless tomatoes in the grocery store during the winter? If your store offers vine ripe tomatoes, how about the price? Follow this recipe for tasty success Rotate your tomato crop with different plants like beans, lettuce or carrots yearly. If you’re limited to one planting area,...

Gardener’s Start Your Seeds!

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Expand your gardening horizons and grow your plants from seed. Seeds offer the gardener some much for so little! Seed starting is a fun and rewarding activity that you’ll look forward to every winter! Indoor plant propagation provides a valuable learning experience for the whole family. Have fun with some...

Organic Gardening Tips

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Are you interested in starting an organic or natural garden in your backyard? Here are some helpful tips. Ditch the "blue" stuff You know… the stuff that prides itself on working "miracles" in your garden. Your plants do not need this to be fruitful. Instead feed with compost, fish emulsion,...

Seed Starting Basics

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Starting Seeds Indoors Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant need a long warm growing season to produce a good harvest. In the Chicago area, it is best to start these seeds in early March. Containers and trays: Almost any container can be used to start seeds such as milk...

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Magnolia Scale

Ben HenryMay 17, '20

Magnolia Tree Looks Sick and is Dripping Sticky Black Sap All over the Plants below It.   Magnolia scale has become an increasingly common problem on magnolia trees in Illinois.  Magnolia scale, Neolecanium cornuparvum is one of the largest and most conspicuous scale insects in our area. The over-wintering nymphs...