Archive for June 2010

Giant Eyeball Sculpture at Pritzker Park

Giant Eyeball Sculpture at Pritzker Park
Over the past two days crews have worked to install the 30-foot eyeball sculture, “EYE,” By Tony Tasset at Pritzker Park in the Loop. On Tuesday, I visited the area to see the fiberglass and steel sculpture go up.  While there it made me think about Pritzker Park and wonder what it was named before... Read more »

City Is A Community Garden Exhibit

City Is A Community Garden Exhibit
City Is A Community Garden Exhibit, is an exhibit that examins Chicago’s community gardens, urban gardens, vertical farms, living walls and urban chicken keepers. The exhibit uses photos architectural drawings and installations to highlight garden and sustainable projects in Chicago. These pictures were taken before the exhibit was completed so it may look different when... Read more »

Veggie Bingo: It's Not Your Grandma's Bingo!

Veggie Bingo: It's Not Your Grandma's Bingo!
If your idea of fun doesn’t include weekly bingo games because you think it is a game played by grandmas in a church basement–you should try Veggie Bingo. Backyard gardeners, foodies, community gardeners, urban farmers and those who just like to play Bingo gather on Wednesday nights at The Hideout for Veggie Bingo.Once a week... Read more »
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Best Potting Soil For Edible Container Gardens

Best Potting Soil For Edible Container Gardens
There are a lot of ways you can be frugal in your garden and save some money. The potting mix you use in your container gardens should be something you feel comfortable splurging on. In my opinion, the best potting soil for edible container garden is the Happy Frog line of potting soil distributed by... Read more »

Triscuit's Home Farming Movement

Triscuit's Home Farming Movement
Triscuit’s Home Farming Movement is encouraging Americans to get involved in edible gardening by providing a free seed card in specially marked boxes of Triscuit crackers. The Original Triscuit package contains a basil seed card and the Reduced Fat Triscuit box comes with a dill seeds. Earlier this spring I blogged on the MrBrownThumb blog... Read more »

Best Time to Pull Weeds in the Garden

After we’ve had some rain I like to go out in the garden and pull weeds. I find that this is the best time to pull weeds in the garden because they lift right out of the garden’s soil with ease. I know it can be difficult for some people to hand-weed their garden, but... Read more »
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Spring Plant Sale at Rogers Park Garden Group

The Rogers Park Garden Group Spring Plant Sale will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Among the plants being offered will be organic vegetables like tomatoes and various herbs. Ornamental plants for sunny and shady gardens include clematis vines, climbing hydrangeas, Asiatic lilies, peonies, sunflowers and many more annuals. Prices for plants range from $2.00 to $10.00 with... Read more »

Recycling in Chicago: a Push for Blue Carts and Paper Drive

The Chicago Recycling Coalition is asking Chicago residents to show up at Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall on Monday, June 7, 2010 to support Alderman Tom Allen’s push for expansion of the blue carts for all Chicagoans. Also, the City of Chicago is conducting a neighborhood paper drive at 24 locations throughout... Read more »

Top 12 Pesticide-Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that is focused on public health, lists twelve fruits and vegetables that they call the “Dirty Dozen” because they reportedly contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving.  The “Dirty Dozen” are: Celery Peaches Strawberries Apples Domestic blueberries Nectarines Sweet bell peppers Spinach, kale and collard greens Cherries Potatoes Imported... Read more »
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