Basil plants with yellowing leaves
Lisa Bralts
July 30, 2014

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.

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A branch of unripe autumn olives
Lisa Bralts
July 17, 2014

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.

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An indoor plant planted inside a Styrofoam cooler lid.
Lisa Bralts
September 12, 2013

Pretty on the Inside

After years of growing things outside, In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts considers getting over her fear of indoor plants after meeting a gentleman she calls "The Plant Whisperer".

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Dozens of flowers heads drying on a screen in the sun.
Lisa Bralts
August 21, 2013

Personal Growth

Is the crafting/DIY/gardening/cooking trend really that new? Are women heading backward by heading into the kitchen and the garden and the craft room, or is there room for home economics and work outside the home? Lisa Bralts talks with an urban farmer/mother/geologist about the importance of relating to the world in terms other than economic in this week’s In My Backyard.

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Several cocktails lined up on a bar.
Lisa Bralts
June 26, 2013

Dazed and Infused

Books about food and gardens abound at IMBY HQ. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts gets a local bartender (and now fledgling gardener) named Flip Flop to read and review one of the newer arrivals, Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist. WEB-ONLY BONUS: Extra commentary provided by Flip Flop regarding the preparation of the cocktail that inspired the book. Just click "listen" over there on the left!

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A scale and several seed catalogs
Lisa Bralts
February 09, 2012

Ahead of the (Growing) Curve

This winter's mild weather notwithstanding, it's a bit hard to believe the next growing season is already right around the corner. In this week's segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts discovers that local growers aren't just thinking about the 2012 growing season - they're way ahead of the rest of us.

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March 24, 2011

Reminiscing about Community Gardens

Urbana-Champaign's vibrant local food culture isn't a recent phenomenon -  it's been brewing for over 30 years. This week, Lisa examines the  community's - and her own - ties to an important part of that food culture: the Urbana Park District's organic garden plots at Meadowbrook Park and now, Victory Park.

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January 13, 2011

Inspiration Please!

With the mercury dropping, fresh snow on the ground, and spring barely on the horizon, Lisa looks for a little inspiration before settling in with the seed catalogs.

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