University of Illinois Extension

Volume 3 Issue 3

Articles in this issue...

Using Low Hedges

“Low hedges might be the answer to unwanted visitors in your yard. My neighborhood is a collection of ranch homes with mature trees, well-established landscapes, and no fences,” explained Barb Bates, U of I Extension horticulturist.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Would-be vegetable growers in urban areas have alternatives to the challenges to outdoor gardening, said Maurice Ogutu, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Collecting Plants

Just as with stamps, coins, cars, paintings and other collectibles, plants have their own attractions to the collector, said Greg Stack, a University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.

Basil in the Garden

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is one of the most popular herbs grown today, an easy-to-grow annual that can be planted in the ground or in a container, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Susan Grupp.

Pediodical Cicadas

Something not seen since 1990 is expected to reappear this year, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “This spring, the Northern Illinois Brood XIII of the 17-year periodical cicadas will make another appearance in northern Illinois,” said Ron Wolford.

Using Organic Mulches

Organic mulch does much more than add beauty to gardens and foundation plantings, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Visual appeal is definitely a plus but organic mulch also maintains a more consistent level of soil moisture, modifies soil temperature fluctuations, and aids in weed control,” said James Schuster.