I've written about ornamental grasses previously - they really are one of the toughest, most useful yet under-appreciated groups of garden plants. Most provide at least three seasons of interest, but fall is when they really shake their pom-poms.
How do you maintain the balance of healthy eating and still end the holiday on a positive note? First of all, remember that Halloween is a special occasion. It’s a great time to relax your standards about candy eating but also a great opportunity to increase your consumption of healthy foods to offset the urges to overindulge on holiday sweets.
“Overall, the pumpkin crop this year is very, very good,” said Diane Handley, of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. Some growers in Southern Illinois lost some of their crop, but the majority survived, she said.
The city of Chicago always has a great line up of activities and events suitable for kids of all ages, adult kids included. I took some time to surf the net and pull together a list of the coolest events I could find. Without further adieu, here's the list of fun fall weekend activities in the Chicagoland area during the month of October:
Passionate gardeners possess a perpetual bend at the waist. We look, we weed, we plant. We don't stand erect until autumn. The trees we barely noticed all summer grab us by the nose in fall and say "hey look at me!" As winter approaches the green chlorophyll in leaves steps aside to let the yellows and reds take center stage. Unlike the vivid colors of flowers that attract pollinators, changes in leaf color appear to have no biological importance. It's just a happy by-product of seasonal shift.
The Homeowners Column - University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties