It’s infrastructure week in Birdland. Michael is putting up siding on the north wall of the chicken coop while I muck out the corners of the floor where the tiller couldn’t reach.
Many of us may have a gardener on our Christmas list or may be looking for items to add to a list of our own this time of year. Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent some time talking with fellow gardeners, family members and colleagues to come up with some ideas for you or that special garden…
This was the second season of the partnership between the City of Champaign Township and C-U at Home. The program provides jobs, life skills and occupational training for homeless and formerly homeless people.
Despite the drizzle of a dreary day, we decided to walk with the dogs.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us are stocking up on ingredients for our favorite dishes so we can contribute to the family feast. The Thanksgiving meal has traditionally been a celebration of the year’s harvest, making it a great time to focus on the bountiful harvest right he…
"Frontier" elm (Ulmus "Frontier") is one of many cultivars and hybrids that were developed in response to the virtual elimination of the American elm by Dutch elm disease.
Every plant has its peak season of both ornamental and ecological interest. With so many plants in full fall color right now, its hard to consider another ornamental attribute.
As the last asters of the year are wrapping up their flower display and monarchs are migrating through to more southern latitudes, spring flowers aren’t always at the center of attention for most gardeners.
Birdland is warming up again after some extended coolness blown in by the storms. And the bees are busy — all over my sedum, which is slowly starting to turn pink. In a few weeks, it will toast to a lovely maroon and then dry to a deep brown.
Fall flowers are some of the best of the year since they take a whole season of waiting to finally display their splendor. Beyond their beauty, they provide a valuable food source for pollinators late in the growing, which can be especially important for migrating species such as the monarch…
Each gardening season, there seems to be a new invasive species we have to worry about. Unfortunately, this is the sad reality of our ever-globalizing economies.
Birdland has been cool and mild. Hurricanes in the east and in the Gulf have sent the prairie this lovely weather, so there is sadness blowing in on these cool breezes. We think of friends who evacuated from New Orleans and friends in Brooklyn who had to decide between running downstairs to …
Jill Uken's family began planting sweet potatoes four years ago, and the Mahomet-Seymour junior has turned it into a small business. She'll talk about the process at the State Fair on Saturday.