Posts in category "Vegetable Gardening"

Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens

Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens
Monday morning I woke up and checked Twitter to see a story on the Trib about gang violence in my neighborhood taking the life of one, and wounding four others. I wish I could say it was surprising, but this kind of story becomes all too common around these parts in the summer. Waking up... Read more »

Food Grade Buckets in Chicago For Growing Potatoes.

A reader to the mrbrownthumb garden blog Emailed me today to give me a tip on sourcing food grade buckets in Chicago for growing potatoes. I grow potatoes in buckets and trashcans, but never bothered to do so in food grade plastics. The tipster, Bonnie, notes: “Growing potatoes in buckets: Since you live in the Chicago... Read more »

Burpee Home Gardens Giving Away Free Plants on May13th at Union Station

Burpee Home Gardens Giving Away Free Plants on May13th at Union Station
Burpee Home Gardens is giving away free vegetable and herb plants again in Chicago on May 13th, 2011. Racks of vegetable and herb plants will line Riverside Plaza as the a team from Burpee Home Gardens and Lowe’s distribute the plants. Location: Outside the north entrance to Union Station 10 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago Between... Read more »
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Growing Home Inc. Coldframe Workshop This Saturday

The vegetable growing season in Chicago doesn’t have to end just because winter arrives. Growing your own food in Chicago can be more than just growing tomatoes.Your vegetable garden’s harvest can be extended by using hoophouses, cold frame, hot beds and row covers. Growing Home Inc., is holding a workshop this Saturday where these methods... Read more »

Starting a Garden: Where to buy Garden Soil in Chicago

Starting a Garden: Where to buy Garden Soil in Chicago
Fall is a good time to start a new garden because you can get the soil prepared and ready for spring planting. When starting a garden you might want to consider buying garden soil, especially for raised beds. Deciding where to buy garden soil in Chicago can be difficult if you don’t know what to look... 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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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 »