Posts in category "gardening"

Let nature be your soundtrack: keep your music inside

Let nature be your soundtrack: keep your music inside
Alfresco. Outside. Out of doors. We Chicagoans love our summers because we get to spend more time outside. And why do we love the great outdoors—our patios and rooftop decks and sidewalk cafés? Is it because we never, ever forget our winters, leaving scrapers in the glove compartment year-round, just in case, and we want... Read more »

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.
As a busy mom, I appreciate all the help I can get. Especially around the holidays. And now the beginning of the whole insane Holiday Season seems to start with Halloween. So, imagine my joy at finding a little help carving our pumpkins this year. Pumpkin carving is a serious tradition at our house. A... Read more »

My weed is taller than your weed

My weed is taller than your weed
My weed is taller than your weed. At least I think so. (For your sake, I hope so!)  Not that I’m proud of this or anything, but I have a seven-foot tall weed in my backyard. Seven feet tall! I wish I could say, “I don’t know how it escaped my notice,” but I know... Read more »
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When your urban garden resembles a horror movie, or nobody wants to get bonked in the head with a cucumber when taking out the trash

When your urban garden resembles a horror movie, or nobody wants to get bonked in the head with a cucumber when taking out the trash
My backyard is a movie. It used to be a Disney movie, what with all the birds chirping and the squirrels and bunnies and the baby possum under the porch. All the wildlife showing up presumably because of the nice garden. It became Little Shop of Horrors when the grapevine my son planted started taking... Read more »

The Chia Pot: New festive use for that giant bag of Chia seeds you thought would make you run faster

The Chia Pot: New festive use for that giant bag of Chia seeds you thought would make you run faster
Last summer I read a book called Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. Published in 2009, it’s part, if not most of the reason barefoot running is surging in popularity. Besides being a great read (McDougall is a fantastic, funny and entertaining writer.), it talked about Chia. Yeah, you know, the same stuff the Chia... Read more »

Don't be a pumpkin bumpkin! Keep them out of the landfill

Don't be a pumpkin bumpkin! Keep them out of the landfill
I stumbled upon a way to keep our carved pumpkins out of the landfill quite accidentally about five years ago. Not having enough time to bag them up, I just put them in the backyard garden. Then never got around to it. Thanks to the squirrels and a Chicago winter, they decomposed quite nicely. By... Read more »
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