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GLT's Grow: Finding Inspiration On The ISU Campus

Jun 1, 2018
Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

GLT's Grow: Using Plants To Create Good Bones

May 25, 2018
Row of palm trees.
David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

GLT's Grow: Watering ... And Not Watering

May 19, 2018
Sprinkler on lawn.
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr via Creative Commons

Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

GLT's Grow: Seed Banks Invest In The Future

May 11, 2018
seed pod
Annelieke B / Flickr via Creative Commons

A great way to preserve genetic diversity of plants is with a seed bank.

GLT's Grow: Spring To-Do List

May 4, 2018
Spring flowers
Robbie Sproule / Flickr via Creative Commons

Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

GLT's Grow: Smells Like Bean Spirit

Apr 27, 2018
Beans in collander.
Saiberiac / Flickr via Creative Commons

Don't grow just any old bean in your garden. Go with the beautiful and tasty dragon tongue bean.

GLT's Grow: Transplanting Verbena

Apr 20, 2018
Prairie verbena flowers.
Sonal Patil

Sonal in Texas has the right idea about using native plants in her yard. She's tempted to transplant the prairie verbena she sees on the roadside right into her garden. Is that a good idea?

GLT's Grow: Going Native In Your Garden

Apr 13, 2018
Foxtail barley
Matt Lavin / Flickr via Creative Commons

If you want a garden that's true to its American roots and flourishes no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, then you need to add native plants to your yard.

Squash bug
Katja Schulz / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gabriele in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, has issues with two different types of bugs that have made her garden their home. But should she get rid of both varieties? Well, no.

GLT's Grow: Being An Absentee Gardener

Mar 30, 2018
Garden in sunshine.
Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr via Creative Commons

The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.

GLT's Grow: Create Black Gold With A Compost Bin

Mar 23, 2018
Compost bins in backyard.
Chelsea Wa / Flickr via Creative Commons

Your can turn your garden into fertile ground with the addition of compost. And what better place to create it than in your own backyard?

Freshly dug soil.
United Soyben Board / Flickr via Creative Commons

Rosa in Utica, Illinois, wants to know the best way to test her soil to get great results in her butterfly garden.

GLT's Grow: Keeping Earthworms And Tools Happy

Mar 9, 2018
Hand holding earthworms
USDA NRCS South Dakota / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gardeners love to care for things—and that extends past plants.

GLT's Grow: Tree Lingo You Should Know

Mar 2, 2018
Ben J. Gibbs / Flickr via Creative Commons

The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for the plant.  And it all starts with mastering some tree lingo.

GLT's Grow: Time For Something New In The Garden

Feb 16, 2018
Matt Lavin / Flickr via Creative Commons

Spring is on the way, bringing with it a chance to begin afresh in the garden. Now's the time to scope out seeds of flowers you've never tried before.

David Hill / Flickr via Creative Commons

Japanese Beetles are the bane of every gardener. These voracious insects are tough to get rid of, but can milky spore come to the rescue?

GLT's Grow: Down With The Wind

Feb 2, 2018
Gar Knight / Flickr via Creative Commons

The wind has two faces. It can be a friend or it can be a bitter foe.

GLT's Grow: Brutal Cold Is Good For Your Yard

Jan 26, 2018
Anton Vakulenko / Flickr via Creative Commons

The icy embrace of winter can be brutal, but it's a necessary part of garden life.

GLT's Grow: Why Trees Have To Go

Jan 18, 2018
Coconine National Forest / Flickr via Creative Commons

There are lots of reasons why we have to cut down trees. Understanding those reasons can help us face the cruelest cut.

GLT's Grow: Caring For Outdoor Furniture

Jan 15, 2018
Ryan Hyde / Flickr via Creative Commons

You've invested a lot into the furniture in your yard. Make sure it lasts.

GLT's Grow: New Year's Resolutions For Gardeners

Dec 29, 2017
Michele Dorsey Walfred / Flickr via Creative Commons

Things are quiet in the garden right now, so it's a good time to reflect on making some resolutions for becoming a better gardener.

GLT's Grow: Save My Magnolia

Dec 22, 2017
Jonnyabcde / Flicker via Creative Commons

Tricia in Bloomington fears for her newly planted magnolia tree. It looks like a critter has been nibbling at it.

GLT's Grow: Alternative Christmas Trees

Dec 15, 2017
Pamplona / WikiMedia Commons

The Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce make fine Christmas trees. But how about breaking out of the traditional mold and trying something new?

GLT's Grow: Of Mice And Rats

Dec 8, 2017
Ken Hawkins / Flickr via Creative Commons

When mice and rats set up shop on our property, they can pose a problem or two.

GLT's Grow: Winter Readiness

Dec 1, 2017
Terren VA / Flickr via Creative Commons

Before you settle in for the winter, there's a few more chores that need your attention that will make gardening again in the spring more of a breeze.

GLT's Grow: Finding The Right Tree

Nov 29, 2017
Guillaume Speurt / Flickr via Creative Commons

Farewell, Autumn Purple Ash Tree. Hello, bald cypress. Maybe!

GLT's Grow: Don't Hate The Thatch

Nov 10, 2017
Steve P2008 / Flicker via Creative Commons

Your grass may not be alone. Underneath, there may be thatch lurking. But that may not be a bad thing.

GLT's Grow: Great Bulbs For Spectacular Results

Nov 3, 2017
Michael Button / Flickr via Creative Commons

In the midst of autumn, it's a great time to prepare for spring and ensure that your landscape is a stunning site with an array of colorful bulbs.

GLT's Grow: To Rake Or Not To Rake

Oct 27, 2017
Don LaVange / Flickr via Creative Commons

As your trees leave you the gift of autumn leaves, you're faced with that age old question: Should I rake or not?

GLT's Grow: The Science Of Fall Color

Oct 20, 2017
Liz West / Flickr via Creative Commons

As the days get cooler and shorter, nature puts on a gorgeous display of color as the leaves change—red, yellow, orange and, yes, even brown.

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