Category: Starting a Garden

Where to buy Cheap Garden Seeds.

If you’re looking to start your first garden or just expand what you currently grow trying the less expensive brands of seeds is a good way to start. One vegetable or flower seed pack is enough for gardeners with small spaces who just want to experiment. Yesterday I stopped by Walgreens and spotted the American... Read more »

Starting Garden Seeds Indoors Under Lights

Starting garden seeds indoors under lights doesn’t require special growlights. If you aren’t blessed with a greenhouse or south-facing windows in which to start seeds you can use ordinary 40-watt flourescent bulbs in the standard shoplight fixtures you find at the hardware store. While you can buy specialty “grow lights” and “plantlights” that are designed... Read more »

Top 10 Easiest Plants to Grow from Seeds

Growing plants from seed is fun, rewarding and the easiest way to start a garden on the cheap. Growing from seed is easy and even the newest gardener can do it. Here is my recommendation for the Top 10 Easiest Plants to Grow from Seeds. All you need is a little bit of soil, sun... Read more »
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Where to buy Seeds for your Vegetable or Ornamental Garden in Chicago

Starting a garden from seed is the most inexpensive way to get started in gardening. Whether you want to start an ornamental garden or a vegetable garden to grow some of your own food, nothing beats growing from seed. Chicago’s garden centers carry an assortment of seeds from some of the most popular seed catalogs... Read more »

Hybrid Garden Seeds are not the Enemy

In the conversation about the dangers of genetically modified seeds and the benefits of heirloom seeds happening across the internet it seems like hybrids are be getting a bad reputation. The word “hybrid” sounds scary and conjures up images from the nightmares you have after viewing a science fiction movie. The truth is that hybrid... Read more »

The Boycotting of Monsanto-Seminis Seeds

Like Santa, you should check recommended seed seller lists, twice.  The seed starting season is just over the horizon and it looks like the popularity of  vegetable gardening, due to the recession, will continue for the foreseeable future. This is good news for seed companies and companies that cater to gardeners. You know who this is bad... Read more »
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Layering Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Garden

Recently, when I was moving and planting some spring flowering bulbs in the garden I was reminded of the video by the Chicago Botanic Garden that demonstrates how to plant spring bulbs in containers. I decided to layer the bulbs on top of each other instead of having them scattered throughout the garden. In the... Read more »

Urban Gardening Classes in Chicago Fall '09

The Wicker Park Garden Club is hosting a number of lectures and workshops this fall and winter for those interested in learning about urban gardening. You can attend these in place of the urban farming classes around Chicago this fall if your interests in gardening don’t extend to growing your own food. November 2nd 7-8:30... Read more »

Wildlife Resistant Garden Bulbs, Oh Deer!

In my urban garden I don’t face many of the same pests that other gardeners in the Chicagoland area have to deal with. We have no deer in my neighborhood, the squirrels rarely visit my garden, rabbits and raccoons are rare. If you have trouble keeping flowers because they’re always being eaten by some animal... Read more »
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Where to Buy Spring Bulbs for Your Garden

I did a quick tour of Home Depot and Menards to see what they were selling this year in terms of spring garden bulbs. These are the bulbs, corms and rhizomes, you plant between now and before the ground freezes, that will bloom in the spring. Home Depot had the standard fare like tulips, daffodils,... Read more »