Archive for March 2011

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard in Chicago

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard in Chicago
Slow Food Chicago is hosting a four hour workshop that will teach you what you need to learn to become a backyard orchardist in Chicago. Yes, you can grow several fruiting trees in Chicago and you don’t even need a lot of land since many fruiting trees can be grown in containers indoors and out.... Read more »

Chicago Gardening Events for April 2011

Showers aren’t the only thing the month of April brings around here. There’s two garden fairs and several events going on around Chicago that, you, as a gardener should attend. In particular I’d like to point you to the Green Metropolis Fair by Mindful Metropolis. I’ll be part of the urban gardening panel at this... Read more »

Macy's Flower Show 2011 Preview

Macy's Flower Show 2011 Preview
“Towers of Flowers,” this year’s theme for the spring flower show at Macy’s on State Street opens Sunday March 27th and runs through April 10th. This morning I attended the media preview of the flower show, had a sampling of the botanical themed food and drinks that will be part of the menu of the... Read more »
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Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers

Garden Books for Wannabe Urban Farmers
These three books were recently sent to me by publishers to review. Instead of reviewing them individually, I’ll group them together in this post as they would be beneficial to urban gardeners interested in hobby farming, urban farming and growing their own in a kitchen garden. Michael and Audrey Levatino are not farmers by profession, they... Read more »

Wishing Tree in Pilsen Inspired by Chicago Botanic Garden

Wishing Tree in Pilsen Inspired by Chicago Botanic Garden
Over the weekend the Chicago Botanic Garden set up a traditional  Japanese “Wishing Tree” to recognize the recent disaster in Japan and to give people a way to express their sympathies and well wishes. Messages were written on pieces paper that were affixed to the tree. Closer to home the Growing Station Community Garden in Pilsen set... Read more »

Community Gardens in Chicago Need Your Votes

Community Gardens in Chicago Need Your Votes
Have you wanted to help community gardens in Chicago, but know what you can do? Maybe you’d like to volunteer, but can’t find enough hours in your busy schedule. Well there’s good news, several community gardens in Chicago are currently involved in contests where your votes could help them win much needed money.  The ‘Chicago... Read more »
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Chicago Botanic Garden sets up Japanese "Wishing Tree"

Chicago Botanic Garden sets up Japanese "Wishing Tree"
Japanese garden photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden. The Chicago Botanic Garden is placing a traditional Japanese “wishing tree” so that visitors can write messages that will be attached to the tree to recognize the disaster in Japan. The potted Japanese maple will be located near the Crescent Garden from March 18 through the 27.... Read more »

Chicagoans Don't Fear Soil, Just Bad Gardening Advice

The weekend that the Chicago Flower & Garden Show opened Mike Nowak had Michele Owens, of Garden Rant, on his radio show to promote her book, Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Mike started the segment by giving the book and author high praise. Then irony... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds
After fellow garden blogger My Skinny Garden published her post recommending hybrid tomatoes to beginner gardeners, it got me thinking.  How else can the gardening experience be simplified to ensure success that leads to gardening becoming a lifelong love affair instead of a tryst that ends bitterly after a few months?  If this will be your... Read more »
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Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show

Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show
If you’re going to the final weekend of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show there are a lot of seeds you can buy from the Landreth Seeds booth, but there are also some free seeds available. The Smith & Hawken display has these paper garden stakes with basil seeds embedded. You simply insert the paper... Read more »
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