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Normal, IL

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WGLT

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Hosted by the Dean of Green's favorite sidekick (really, only sidekick) Laura Kennedy, GLT's Dean of Green Gardening Almanac will to tell you what you could be, should be or want to be doing as an avid gardener. Rainy, snowy, muddy or dry, there's always something to do in your garden.

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@WGLTNews

Language:

English

Contact:

(309) 438-8910


Episodes

GLT's Grow: Autumn Yard To-Do List

9/8/2017
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Fall brings us the opportunity to enjoy milder weather, which makes working in the yard that much more fun!

Duration: 00:09:18


GLT's Grow: Make Your Own Melon Patch

9/1/2017
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One of the joys of summer is biting into fresh melon. It can taste better still when you grow the melon yourself. Patrick Murphy has some advice. Melons are members of the cucurbit family. They love warm soil, warm weather and lots of water. Watermelons want a fast draining soil. Other cucurbits like pumpkins aren't so fussy about the soil. If you're going to grow different types of melons in the same patch, keep them apart in different rows. Plant your seeds right in the soil once the...

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Breaking Wind ... With Trees

8/25/2017
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Trees are a beautiful and practical way to screen your property from the wind.

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Time To Transplant!

8/18/2017
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Summer is slowly winding down, and with the approach of autumn it's time to make plans to transplant trees and shrubs in your yard. Host Patrick Murphy has this advice.

Duration: 00:09:20


GLT's Grow: Adding Rocks To Your Landscape

8/11/2017
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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing. Adding rocks to the landscape is an ancient tradition that first caught on in Japan. Japanese garden arts can guide you in the selection and placement of rocks and stones in your landscape. Smooth river rock can be used to simulate a creek bed running through your property. Be sure and select stones that have a darker, blue or black color to best simulate water. Let nature be your guide when...

Duration: 00:09:18


GLT's Grow: White Pine Threat

8/4/2017
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White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

Duration: 00:09:20


GLT's Grow: Critter Garden Crashing

7/28/2017
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For every iris, lily or rose that you plant in your garden, you put out a welcome mat for bunnies and other critters to come and dine at the leisure. Rabbits gotta eat! And sometimes they eat what you have carefully planted and cultivated. And if the bunnies in your yard start doing what bunnies do best, (ah-hem!) then you could soon be overrun with hungry, hungry rabbits who think nothing of denuding your favorite plants. Don't trap rabbits. In many communities that is illegal. But you...

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Stressed Out Crabapple Tree

7/21/2017
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Stress is not only bad for humans. It can have a negative impact on your trees as well. Marilyn in Normal is concerned about her flowering crab tree, which began showing what she believed to be signs of stress when the leaves started turning brown and red. The heat of summer and lack of rain can trigger a stress reaction in plants. Heat stress is very common. A tree planted in the wrong place (too much sun, or poor soil) can cause stress. Right tree in the right place is the Grow mantra....

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Dormant ... Or Just Dead?

7/14/2017
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When the heat is on and the rains are not, lawns can shut down. But does dormancy mean death for your grass?

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Downy Mildew Hits Impatiens

7/7/2017
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Impatiens downy mildew is a growing problem in gardens across America. Defoliation and flower dropping are two signs your plants are infected. Impatiens are an enormously popular bedding plant that love the shade, though there are sun tolerant varieties. What this sweet-looking plant can't stand is too much heat and humidity. That potent combination leaves the plant open to downy mildew. When the mildew first strikes, leaves curl under and turn light in color, blossoms drop and a fluffy...

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Planting In The Shadow Of An Ex-Tree

6/23/2017
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Karen in Normal bid farewell to a massive old maple tree on the west end of her house. Now that all remains is a stump, she wants to select something new.

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Battling Spider Mites

6/16/2017
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Here's a nasty relative of the tick that you don't want in your yard: the spider mite. It's hard to fight a battle against something you can barely see!

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Planting For Pollinators

6/9/2017
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There's increasing evidence that many pollinators are on the decline, but a few changes in your yard can help pollinators not only survive, but thrive.

Duration: 00:09:19


The Healing Power of Gardening

6/9/2017
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People who garden often say there is more to it than putting plants and flowers in the ground. They feel a sense of serenity and well-being from getting their hands in the soil, from being outdoors and helping a living thing grow. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the University of Illinois Extension office and the McLean County Master Gardeners will offer a Horticultural Therapy Workshop at the Community Cancer Center in Normal. Its message: gardening can be healing.

Duration: 00:07:07


GLT's Grow: Cat Box Or Garden?

6/2/2017
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You call it a garden. The cat calls it the bathroom. Can they safely be both?

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Tracking Down Native Plants

5/26/2017
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Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge.

Duration: 00:09:20


GLT's Grow: Bugs To Beware

5/19/2017
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The jumping worm and the gypsy moth are two pests you need to keep an eye out for -- they're bad news for plants and gardeners.

Duration: 00:09:20


GLT's Grow: Grow Your Own Popcorn

5/12/2017
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What better way to enhance movie night than with a big bowl of your own home-grown popcorn!

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: Hydrangeas 101

5/5/2017
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The huge flower heads of the hydrangea bring a burst of color—pink, blue, lavender—to your garden. For hydrangeas, as with real estate, it's all location, location, location. A mostly sunny landscape will help hydrangeas to thrive. Full shade won't work for these plants, and locations that don't drain well are a bane to this glorious plant. Hydrangeas enjoy rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. The addition of some compost will enrich poor soil. Feed the plants once a year, either in late...

Duration: 00:09:19


GLT's Grow: From The Soil To Your Kitchen

4/28/2017
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Sure, you could go to the grocery store to buy fruits to bake into a lovely pie or tart. But wouldn't it be more satisfying to grow your own fruits for your baking needs?

Duration: 00:09:20

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