Archive for July 2009

Protecting Container Gardens From Squirrels

A reader, CCWriter, asked for advice on protecting container gardens from squirrels with the catch that the advice couldn’t be cruel. I don’t really have a squirrel problem. In the past four years there have only been two incidents of plant damage involving squirrels at my Chicago garden. They rarely come down from the telephone... Read more »

What Kind of ivy Grows at Wrigley Field?

Parthenocissus Tricuspidata, commonly known as Boston Ivy is a member of the grape family. It is also known as Japanese creeper, Grape Ivy or Japanese ivy. This is the ivy that covers the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. Boston Ivy should not be confused with English Ivy, Hedera helix, or any hybrids, especially if you... Read more »

Transplanting Tulip Bulbs

When I began my outdoor garden I didn’t start it with a garden plan. I just started planting things where I had space and over the years things have gotten worse as I kept adding plants without fixing my original planting mistakes. This year, I’ve resolved to fix a number of those early mistakes, starting... Read more »
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Iris Borer Larva

I took advantage of the cool weather yesterday to go some gardening chores I’d put off for a while. One of the things on my agenda was moving a large clump of irises to the other side of the garden. Earlier in the spring I got my first indication that something was wrong with my... Read more »

Make Your Own Worm Composting Bin

Worm composting, or Vermicomposting, is a good way to recycle the organic waste you produce into a soil conditioner. Worm composting can be done indoors and outdoors and is great way for apartment dwellers to participate in composting. Yesterday, at a gardening event, I came across this demonstration of a worm composting bin by the... Read more »

Chicago Gardens: Past and Present

Chicago Gardens: Past & Present is an exhibit of gardens in Chicago from small backyard gardens to some of out public parks. I visited the multi-media exhibit today and took a quick look and was pleasantly inspired by what I saw. I won’t share the bulk of my photos because then why would you go?... Read more »
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Potager: French Kitchen Garden

The potager garden is the counterpart to the English kitchen garden and different than a Victory Garden. Victory Gardens date back to World War I and World War II and were planted in an effort to reduce the demand on the public food supply and were also propaganda to boost the morale of the nations... Read more »

Container Garden Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation

In the post on the emergency pop bottle drip irrigation setup, I mentioned you could apply the same idea for your container gardens. The idea for the pop bottle drip irrigation setups for your container garden has been around for a long time and is a great use of empty plastic bottles in the garden.... Read more »

Flowering Weeds at Chicago Garden

Three common garden weeds currently blooming in my garden and that you can find all around Chicago; in sidewalks, empty lots and gardens.  The blue flower in the image above is Asiatic Dayflower, an introduced plant to Illinois, it can grow erect or sprawl and can be found blooming from June to October. The flowers... Read more »
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Little Village Pocket Park

I’ve noticed a couple of small gardens emerge in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago this spring and summer. Today I got a lead on who was responsible for these tiny gardens from Lee Bouchard at Urban Habitat Chicago and her suspicion that they were managed by Enlace Chicago turned out to be correct. I... Read more »