Posts in category "Starting a Garden"

Seed Starting Workshop Tonight in Chicago

Free seed starting workshop tonight in Chicago at Luther Memorial Church hosted by the Manor Garden Club. The garden club’s meetings are held in the lower level of the church and start at 7:30pm. I’ll be talking about and demonstrating how to start seeds. If you want to bring your own seeds and seed starting... Read more »

Seed Starting: Seed Scarification

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I was preparing to direct sow some seeds in the garden yesterday before the storm when I got the idea to make a short seed starting tip video. This garden video explains seed scarification  and how to use this seed-starting technique to germinate seeds with tough seed coats. If you’re curious, a couple of years... Read more »

Green and Growing Urban Gardening Fair 2011

Green and Growing Urban Gardening Fair 2011
The 19th Annual Green & Growing Urban Gardening Fair is this Saturday, April 30th 2011 at the Garfield Park Conservatory from 10am-2pm. Throughout the conservatory there will be vendors, gardening demonstrations, workshops, plant vendors, food live music and gardening activities for kids and adults. Several community gardens and vendors sell items like pots, worms, trees,... Read more »
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What to Plant in Chicago in the Fall

What to Plant in Chicago in the Fall
Fall is the season to start a garden in Chicago. Garden centers have discounted trees, shrubs and perennials that can be planted now and return in the spring. These plants may look “dead” above the soil level, but below the roots are healthy. Before you set out to create your first garden make sure to... Read more »

When to Plant Tulips in Chicago

When to Plant Tulips in Chicago
Gardening in Chicago during the month of October entails planting spring flowering bulbs. On these chilly days we dig holes and submerge bulbs and cover them with soil. For many gardeners this may be the last gardening chore of season. Then is it a matter of waiting until spring when the ground warms up and... 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 »
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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 »

Garden at Night, Plant a Moon Garden

Recently, on Facebook I mentioned that I don’t really get any work done until the evening and late at night is when I feel my most creative. A friend suggested that I plant a moon garden to combine my nocturnal and gardening activities.   What is a Moon Garden?  A moon garden is a series... Read more »

Vegetables and Herbs for a Sunny Garden

Last year when I visited the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon the farm manager at the time mentioned that growing on the roof posed several challenges. The rooftop farm is exposed to full sun and it gets very hot up there. This year, while planning the garden on the back porch I... Read more »
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Lurie Garden in April 2010

Lurie Garden April 09-21, 2010 Some photos of the spring blooms in the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park taken in April 2010. If you’re starting a garden in Chicago and are looking for ideas of what kinds of plants and bulbs you should plant for early spring blooms and colors visit the Lurie Garden for... Read more »