Archive for January, 2012

When temperatures drop, birds welcome seed and suet.

During extended cold periods, I also break out the suet feeders. Suet, too, provides a high calorie snack for many types of birds; especially those that prefer to dine on insects. Woodpeckers, flickers, nuthatches, chickadees and titmice will all readily frequent a suet feeder.

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Continue Reading January 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM Leave a comment

New Begonias for Spring 2012

If you have been looking for a big begonia that can take full sun, by all means remember the word “big.” Big is a hot new series of begonias that came out three or so years ago.

Continue Reading January 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM Leave a comment

The Best Garden Seed Catalogs

Below is a listing of printed seed catalogs that I recommend. The seed catalogs range from heirloom vegetables and herbs for the traditionalist.

Continue Reading January 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM Leave a comment

Seven New Year’s resolutions to make your neighborhood a better place

Maybe you live in a place where you walk all the time, but if you’re like a lot of Americans, you often leave your house by getting into a car and turning the key in the ignition. Switch up on that. Stroll around your neighborhood. Looks different, doesn’t it? You probably will see things you never have seen before. Maybe some things you’d like to change.

Continue Reading January 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM Leave a comment

Expert Plant Picks for the Midwest

Jim Ault is the director of ornamental plant research at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Continue Reading January 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM Leave a comment


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