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The Great Plains Shelter Project of the 1930s was a massive government undertaking designed to help the Plains states recover from the devastation of the Dust Bowl.

On today's episode of WGLT's Grow, our resident expert Patrick Murphy tells co-host Sarah Nardi more about the great wall of trees.

Tree roots interfering with a sewer line is not an uncommon plumbing problem. After all, the wastewater line is carrying nutrient-rich water, and tree roots have a way of seeking out that water.

WGLT's Grow: Tips For Propagating Your Plants

Oct 12, 2020

Propagating and wintering over some of your garden plants is a great way to add to the beauty of your yard and not spend a lot of money.

If the pandemic and 2020 have taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected.

Dendrochronology can take some skill, but anyone can learn it.

WGLT's Grow: How To Avoid Food-Borne Illness

Jul 24, 2020

The best lettuce is fresh lettuce. It's easy to grow and eat right out of the garden. But sometimes you don't have enough and you have to grab some from the store.

WGLT's Grow: How To Help Your Local Pollinators

Jul 13, 2020

Pollinators are having a tough time. We've all heard about the decline in the honeybee population. Butterflies like Monarchs also are in decline. But backyard gardeners can help. Learn how with help from Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

WGLT's Grow: Making Hooch From Your Own Garden

Jun 2, 2020

Alcohol consumption is up during the pandemic, and some of us have a little extra time on our hands. So why not make our own alcohol?

A lot of people are thinking about vegetable gardens this year to help fight food insecurity.

In this week's episode of WGLT's Grow, listen as Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy provide some advice to avoid rookie mistakes.

While staring out your window during the stay-at-home order, you might notice trees and shrubs beginning to leaf out. It's a welcome sight, a cue that spring is here.

WGLT's Grow: Tree Industry Pressures

Mar 3, 2020

The tree industry is under pressure. Prices for trees are up. But in this episode of WGLT's gardening podcast Grow, ISU's Patrick Murphy tells WGLT's Mike McCurdy it's not a shortage.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

WGLT's Grow: FAQ on Self-Guided Lawnmowers

Mar 3, 2020

The future is nearly here when it comes to self-guided lawnmowers. In this edition of WGLT's gardening podcast Grow, listen as ISU's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy tell you what to expect ... including a huge time savings.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

WGLT's Grow: Spring Planning

Feb 7, 2020

There's not much you can do as a gardener right now...except plan for the future. In is episode of our gardening podcast Grow, ISU's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy have some tips on mapping out your spring plans. 

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

The time to appreciate winter interest in the yard and landscaping is now. The time to plan for future winters is also now. Listen as Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy shares what to consider to create winter interest in WGLT's gardening podcast Grow. 

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

WGLT’s Grow: Staying Safe While You’re Working

Jan 21, 2020

There all kinds of ways a gardener could get hurt, from sprains and strains to even more serious injuries.In this edition of WGLT's gardening podcast Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy about preventing injuries and staying safe.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

The winter months are a perfect time to daydream about spring and the upcoming planting season...and nothing can help fuel that imagination like seed and plant catalogues. But a little knowledge about different kinds of new plants can help. Patrick Murphy has that knowledge in this edition of our gardening podcast Grow.

WGLT's Grow: Tips For Giving House Plants As Gifts

Dec 29, 2019
"houseplant" by amatern is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Giving a house plant as a gift raises a number of questions. What's the best kind of plant to give? Is the person receiving it capable of caring for the plant?

"Roasted Chestnuts" by Context Travel is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

You've heard the song. Now you'll find out from Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy if you really can roast chestnuts over an open fire.

Winter's cold temperatures have already visited the Midwest. And if the Old Farmer's Almanac is to be believed, a lot more cold is on the way this winter.

In this edition of our gardening podcast Grow, WGLT's Mike McCurdy talks with Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy about the effects of the cold on our plants and gardens.

We have already had a little snow, but gardening is not quite done for the year.

Leaf on gravel
"Leaf on gravel" by Paul Jacobson is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hardscape can add interest to your landscaping with river rock, boulders, and flagstones.

WGLT's Grow: Saving Savanna Near ISU

Oct 17, 2019
Google Maps

Tucked away near Cardinal Court on the Illinois State University campus are 18 acres designated for restoration. The goal: return the area to its original savanna state.

WGLT's Grow: How To Make The Most Of Nut Season

Oct 11, 2019
"Black Walnut Fruit" by Mike Legend is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Before those chestnuts can roast over an open fire, they have to be harvested.

WGLT's Grow: Should It Stay, Or Should It Go?

Sep 26, 2019
Flowers Viburnum
"Flowers Viburnum 2015" by Pam_Broviak is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It's hard to know when to stop nursing a sick plant, tree, or shrub and just opt to get a new one.

WGLT's Grow: How To (Responsibly) Forage For Food

Sep 20, 2019
"Three Apples" by Dave Pearson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

There may be food, just free for the taking. But there may also be a few rules you need to observe to be polite ... and safe.

WGLT's Grow: Late Bloomers For Your Garden

Aug 22, 2019
 tardiva hydrangea
Photo by arb_oretum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

There's nothing wrong with being a late bloomer. In fact, that's exactly what you might want in late summer for your yard and landscaping.

WGLT's Grow: When To Not Do-It-Yourself

Aug 7, 2019
Man works on electrical outlet outside
"Patio Project 048" by roger_mommaerts is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Some jobs around the yard are beyond the do-it-yourselfer. To get it done right, and safely, it's best to call an expert.

Palm tree leaves
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Palm trees bring to mind images of beaches and tropical breezes. But palms can do quite will in the hot, humid conditions in the Midwest.

In this edition of our gardening podcast Grow, Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy and WGLT's Mike McCurdy talk about caring for your little slice of tropical paradise.

WGLT's Grow: New Botanical Designation For ISU?

Jul 10, 2019
Trees outside Fell Hall at ISU
Illinois State University

The Fell Arboretum is Illinois State University most visible gardening asset. But there are others, and combined they could lead to a new "botanical garden" designation.

GLT's Grow: Getting The Edge In Your Garden

Jun 18, 2019
House with an edged walkway
"Florida-friendly yard" by Gardening Solutions is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Edges and edging can be found throughout nature. Great landscaping successfully duplicates nature on a smaller scale.

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