Gardening

Gardening

Entertainment listings, Aug. 16-23, 2018

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142ND FAIRBURY FAIR

In the Garden | Landscaping with blueberries

Landscaping with edible plants is my second-favorite gardening theme, next to "going native." Today, there are a wide variety of plants available that will not only provide your family food but also offer many other desirable attributes. In addition, it reduces your footprint by growing some of your own local food.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 9-16, 2018

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GEORGETOWN FAIR

What: Carnival operating daily until Aug. 11. Daily music entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo are free attractions. Daily livestock shows, food, exhibits and evening grandstand entertainment: barnyard tractor pull, Aug. 9; rodeo, Aug. 10; demolition derby, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

When: Aug. 9-11.

Letter from Birdland | A plunge into the surf, while the critters revel

When I left you last time, Michael and I were waiting on the beach on Half Moon Bay, Calif., for our boys, Ellis and Chandra, to come back with a surfboard.

Michael was still bodysurfing, but I had retired to a log on the beach to keep watch in case he got into trouble out there. I kept my eyes on him, wondering what I would actually do if he needed help.

In the Garden | Try going native

Native plants offer a whole suite of ecosystems services that are often taken for granted.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 2-9, 2018

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SECOND ANNUAL STEAM THRESHING SHOW

Prosperity Gardens turning former police evidence building into its HQ

CHAMPAIGN — An urban gardening nonprofit plans to turn the Champaign Police Department's old evidence building into its headquarters.

Construction crews are in the process of tearing down part of the vacant building at 303 N. First St., next to which Prosperity Gardens uses two lots for community gardens.

Entertainment listings, July 26-Aug. 2, 2018

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR

In the Garden | Shedding light on bark loss

Our native sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis) is known for its extraordinary exfoliating bark that peels off to expose the beautiful creamy white and greenish colors beneath, creating a camouflage-like appearance.

This summer, many area sycamores are shedding bark at alarming rates, which has prompted folks to question the health of their trees.

Entertainment listings, July 19-26, 2018

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FARMER CITY/DeWITT COUNTY FAIR