Posts in category "Container Garden"

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb
2012 is the Year of the Herb in Chicago. The candidates for this year’s One Seed Chicago election were all herbs. This year’s One Seed Chicago winner will be announced at the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 28th. Several groups and community gardens will be growing and celebrating this... Read more »

Gardening in a Grow Box

Gardening in a Grow Box
Deluxe Grow Box on the left, A Garden Patch’s Grow Box on the right.  I am simultaneously a lover and hater of gimmicky garden tools, especially items that purport to make gardening easier. Gardening is already easy, so a lot of garden products get a big eye roll from me. Whenever I heard gardeners talk... Read more »

My Porch Garden

My Porch Garden
Here’s a picture of my porch garden. I’m growing vegetables, herbs, annuals and houseplants in containers on this little porch out back. The weather is my biggest problem with this container garden because it is full sun, sometimes the heat is unbearable back there. A list of the plants pictured after the jump.  Tomatoes Okra... Read more »
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Cracked Tomatoes

Cracked Tomatoes
You’re watching a tomato ripen on the vine and your mouth is watering at the thought of that tomato finally ripening. Then you go to pick your tomato from the vine and notice that it is cracked! What went wrong? Tomatoes will split and crack as they grow because of fluctuations in the soil moisture.... Read more »

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 »

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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"Spring is in the Air" at Macy's on State Street Flower Show

Macy’s “Spring is in the Air”  themed flower show on State Street is sure to lift your spirits. Below a photo gallery of today’s media preview where Da Mayor was in attendance to accept to accept a donation of 24 “Purple Prince” crabapple trees Macy’s and floral partner Green View are donating to the City... Read more »

Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2010: All about the "Drama."

(UPDATE: My recap of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is here.) The Chicago Flower and Garden Show returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier this weekend with a “Cultivating Great Performances” theme. Theatergoers and kids will delight in the way their favorite shows and books have been interpreted into gardens. Below some photos of today’s media... Read more »

Container Garden Spider Check

Over the weekend as I was emptying out my container gardens and placing the containers underneath the stairs for the winter I got a few surprises. I know spiders are beneficial insects to have in the garden, but I can’t help be creeped out by spiders. As I was putting the pots away I kept... Read more »
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Weekend Gardening Chores

Like always I’m waiting until it is really late in the season to start on my fall gardening chores. This weekend I plan to tackle several of them and get them out of the way. Today I’m bringing in my houseplants that are still outside, if you live in an outlying suburb of Chicago there... Read more »
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