Archive for July 2010

Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden

Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden
According to Chicago Breaking News, a pool of mosquitoes in Evanston has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The majority of people who contract West Nile Virus usually have no symptoms or show very little symptoms. People who have contracted West Nile Virus may show signs of “fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph glands.”... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners 7/25/10

I’m going to try something new here and share some local gardening links. I’m not sure if I’m going to make this a weekly or monthly feature. What I want to do here is share some links from fellow Chicago gardeners. The links may be to blog posts or they may be to pictures, video,... Read more »

Garden Book: Farmer Jane

Garden Book: Farmer Jane
I  have to be honest here and admit that I accepted the review copy of this book simply because I thought the book cover was nice. When I received the book I realized it was not what I was expecting. It is a profile of 26 women involved in sustainable food movement. “Is this really... Read more »
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Rich People's Small Space Gardens

Rich People's Small Space Gardens
This past weekend I attended the Dearborn Garden Walk in the Gold Coast neighborhood with what seemed like a million other people. The week leading up to the garden walk I joked on social networking sites that I was finally going to see rich people’s gardens.  I was excited about the chance to see some... Read more »

Starting a Garden: Cultivating Garden Soil

Starting a Garden: Cultivating Garden Soil
A family member of mine recently moved into a new house and wants to start an ornamental garden. I agreed to help because I figured it would make a good garden project for this blog to document the creation of a garden. Also, this gives me an opportunity to see if I can create a... Read more »

Roma Tomatoes Disproportionately Affected by Blossom- End Rot

The most common question I’m fielding on the internet has to do with blossom-end rot of tomatoes (BER for short). Diagnosing this tomato problem for gardeners is easy enough, but after diagnosing it for people they want to know why it is seems to only be affecting their Roma tomato plants.  After searching the internet and not... Read more »
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How to Get a Rebate on Rain Barrels or Compost Bins in Chicago

Want to make your home or garden more sustainable? Installing a rain barrel is a great way of conserving water in your garden Similarly, composting allows you to create a great soil amendment out some things you’d normally would throw away. Perhaps you haven’t installed either because of the price. Or maybe the DIY gardener approach to rain barrels... Read more »

Second Season Vegetable Gardening

Second Season Vegetable Gardening
If you didn’t start a garden this spring and wish you had grown some flowers, herbs or vegetables you still have time. Summer is a good time to start your second season plantings. You can sow seeds directly in the ground now for many leafy greens, root crops and even some flowering annuals.Planting seeds now... Read more »

Pruning Tomato Suckers

Pruning Tomato Suckers
Pruning tomato suckers is easy and something you should do to help your plant focus on producing fruit and for general health of your plants. Suckers grow in the crotch of a plant, in this case tomatoes, created by the main stem and branch. These eventually grow to the same size as the main stem,... Read more »
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Tour des Trees 2010 Kicks Off in Millennium Park

Tour des Trees 2010 Kicks Off in Millennium Park
The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees, a cross-country cycling tour and fundraisinng event for tree research and education, will leave from Chicago’s Millennium Park on July 18. The 2009 Tour des Trees raised $441,000 in donation and sponsorships. Mike Nowak, host of WCPT’s The Mike Nowak Show, will be the MC for the on-site festivities and... Read more »
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