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WGLT's Grow

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From controlling critters to whacking weeds to finding just the right plant for your plot, WGLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy is ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today. Let WGLT help your garden Grow!

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GLT's Grow: How A Grassy Plant Becomes Tea

Oct 28, 2018
Tea leaves
Ashwin Kamath / Flickr/Creative Commons

Coffee may jump to mind when thinking about drinks we consume originating from plants. But tea is more widely consumed.

Coffee beans in a hand
Rick Bowmer / AP

That morning cup of coffee has a backstory.

In this edition of GLT's gardening podcast Grow, GLT's Mike McCurdy and Illinois State University’s Patrick Murphy talk about domestically produced beans and some of the trouble coffee growers are facing due to climate change.

Fall leaves on ground
Vladimer Shioshvili / Flickr/Creative Commons

The season is changing, and that means there's a new seasonal to-do list for anyone with a green thumb.

ground squirrel
Cliff / Flickr/Creative Commons

There's not a lot of in between on squirrels. People either think they’re annoying rodents or think they're cute critters and like to have them around.

Tree weeping sap
Grant Rucker

How to save a tree and choosing a replacement tree are the two listener questions Illinois State University’s Patrick Murphy and GLT's Mike McCurdy try to answer in this edition of our gardening show Grow.

Aerial view of ISU quad
Illinois State University

In some settings, trees are ubiquitous. In fact, it's hard to see the trees for the forest. But some trees earn more respect than others.

GLT's Grow: You Grew It, So Don't Waste It

Aug 31, 2018
Potatoes in a bowl
Food Group / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are a lot of reasons for wasted food, the least of which is children pushing away before forking some broccoli.

Tree with oak wilt at ISU
Patrick Murphy / WGLT

If you see a tree with yellowing leaves and it’s missing branches in the center, it could be an oak in trouble.

Dogwood tree
Falon Yates / Creative Commons/Flickr

It’s not unusual for gardeners to move or transplant a shrub, tree, or plant from one location to another. But seeing that plant thrive after it’s moved is another matter.

Tree stump
Tree Stump Baumstrunk / Flickr/Creative Commons

The word “homemade” usually denotes wholesome or delicious, like homemade pie. But when it comes to homemade herbicide, pesticides, or other remedies, just as much caution is needed as with the commercially produced chemicals.

Staff / WGLT

A great-looking lawn is nice to have. But it takes a lot of time, money, and effort to maintain.

GLT's Grow: How To Repel An Army Worm Attack

Aug 1, 2018
Tim Roske / AP

There are myriad pests ready to attack your vegetable garden and landscaping. And some attack in a group.

Kaarina Dillabough/Via Flickr Creative Commons

How does your garden grow? Thanks to technology you can keep tabs on your yard day and night—from anywhere in the world—on your phone.

On this week’s GLT’s Grow, Mike McCurdy talks to Patrick Murphy about outdoor weather stations and garden cameras.

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Outdoor furniture isn’t what it used to be. The trend is no longer towards an outdoor dinette set but more of a living room type of space, and it can get elaborate.

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All great looking landscaping has one thing in common: accurate and adequate water. During this edition of GLT's gardening program Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with ISU's Patrick Murphy about how to automate watering.

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Almost any gasoline tool can be replaced by a more environmental friendly battery-powered tool. What are you waiting for? 

GLT's Grow: Finding Inspiration On The ISU Campus

Jun 1, 2018
Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

GLT's Grow: Using Plants To Create Good Bones

May 25, 2018
Row of palm trees.
David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

GLT's Grow: Watering ... And Not Watering

May 19, 2018
Sprinkler on lawn.
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr via Creative Commons

Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

GLT's Grow: Seed Banks Invest In The Future

May 11, 2018
seed pod
Annelieke B / Flickr via Creative Commons

A great way to preserve genetic diversity of plants is with a seed bank.

GLT's Grow: Spring To-Do List

May 4, 2018
Spring flowers
Robbie Sproule / Flickr via Creative Commons

Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

GLT's Grow: Smells Like Bean Spirit

Apr 27, 2018
Beans in collander.
Saiberiac / Flickr via Creative Commons

Don't grow just any old bean in your garden. Go with the beautiful and tasty dragon tongue bean.

GLT's Grow: Transplanting Verbena

Apr 20, 2018
Prairie verbena flowers.
Sonal Patil

Sonal in Texas has the right idea about using native plants in her yard. She's tempted to transplant the prairie verbena she sees on the roadside right into her garden. Is that a good idea?

GLT's Grow: Going Native In Your Garden

Apr 13, 2018
Foxtail barley
Matt Lavin / Flickr via Creative Commons

If you want a garden that's true to its American roots and flourishes no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, then you need to add native plants to your yard.

Squash bug
Katja Schulz / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gabriele in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, has issues with two different types of bugs that have made her garden their home. But should she get rid of both varieties? Well, no.

GLT's Grow: Being An Absentee Gardener

Mar 30, 2018
Garden in sunshine.
Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr via Creative Commons

The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.

GLT's Grow: Create Black Gold With A Compost Bin

Mar 23, 2018
Compost bins in backyard.
Chelsea Wa / Flickr via Creative Commons

Your can turn your garden into fertile ground with the addition of compost. And what better place to create it than in your own backyard?

Freshly dug soil.
United Soyben Board / Flickr via Creative Commons

Rosa in Utica, Illinois, wants to know the best way to test her soil to get great results in her butterfly garden.

GLT's Grow: Keeping Earthworms And Tools Happy

Mar 9, 2018
Hand holding earthworms
USDA NRCS South Dakota / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gardeners love to care for things—and that extends past plants.

GLT's Grow: Tree Lingo You Should Know

Mar 2, 2018
Ben J. Gibbs / Flickr via Creative Commons

The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for the plant.  And it all starts with mastering some tree lingo.

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