Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening Guide
Gardening
Gardening

How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings

There’s something so rewarding and encouraging about perennials. Their name says it all: they’ll be back year after year, which is exactly what we count on by the time autumn and winter have turned the landscape gray and barren and it’s Read More

The berm in the background forms the walls of the basin. A rain garden survives on water runoff from the berm and from rainwater captured in the basin. / Water-Smart Gardening
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How to Make a Rain Garden

As Diana Maranhao explains in Water-Smart Gardening, we are (slowly but surely) becoming wiser about preserving and protecting our water resources. The underlying goal of creating a water-smart landscape is creating healthy environments in Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

10 Tips for Butterfly Watching Beginners

Like bird watching, butterfly watching takes time and patience. Observing these winged insects can be fun on it's own, and soon you'll be able to identify the many different species. Here are beginner tips from Bird Watcher's Digest Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Harden Off Seedlings

When you start your own seeds, it typically involves beginning them indoors where the climate is controlled and the young seedlings are protected. Then, when they’re strong enough and the weather is right, you transplant them outside Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

The Complete Mushroom Hunter: Chicken-of-the-Woods

Do you know your mushrooms? Are you new to the allure of mushroom hunting? For novices and gurus and everyone in between, Gary Lincoff’s The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised safely and expertly introduces readers to the fascinating world Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

An Ode to Annuals and Early Spring

Unless you’re one of the fortunate folks living in the balmy climes of some perpetually warm (and flowering) southern state, you’re probably like the rest of us at this time of year: rendered somewhat color-blind from winter’s gray skies Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

8 Simple Steps for Planting Trees

March in Pennsylvania can be tricky for gardeners. March usually brings the start of warmer weather, but it can also bring more snow. This weather may cause a challenge for deciding if you can start planting, or what to start planting. The Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Deck Design Inspiration

If you’re looking for deck inspiration, you’ve found it. Whether your design tendencies are purist or avant-garde, whether you lean toward classic redwood or an ecologically-minded cellular PVC, and whether you’re seeking a cozy outdoor Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

What to do When One of Your Chickens Isn’t Eating

The two factors that will most govern the success you enjoy with your backyard chickens are the quality of the feed you give them and your ability to maintain a constant supply of fresh and clean drinking water. Appetite is a useful Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Water-Thrifty, Drought-Resistant Plants

As we strive to create flourishing landscapes—both in our own small spaces and in our communities at large—we are faced with diminishing natural resources on a very large scale. The traditional model of large, thirsty lawns and paved Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

How to Make a Panel Planter

Put your plants on a pedestal with an eye-catching DIY panel planter from Michael R. Johnson’s how-to guide Deck & Patio Furnishings. There are countless ways to build a planter. It is, after all, just a pretty box into which we Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Water Retentive Soil and other Water Saving Tips

Droughts can be devastating to a garden. When trying to conserve water you might have to get a little creative so your plants can survive the low water conditions. With water retentive soil and these other water tips, you can keep the water Read More