Basil plants with yellowing leaves

Lisa Bralts

July 30, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Fungus Among Us

Hey - who invited basil downy mildew to the pesto party? In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts consults a couple of local experts about this (sort of) new-to-Illinois plant disease - and gets both good news and bad news.

A branch of unripe autumn olives

Lisa Bralts

July 17, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Eat Them to Beat Them

In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts explores the concept of foraging and eating particular invasive species, like the autumn olive, as one way of slowing them down.

Chickens in a chicken coop.

Lisa Bralts

July 02, 2014 - Backyard Industry

Tour de Coop

As of January 2014, backyard chickens are legal in Champaign, Illinois. What better way to introduce curious friends and neighbors to the concept than to have an open house... for your chicken coop? It seems other wheels are turning, too... Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts investigates.