Posts tagged "Edible Plants"

Vote for Chamomile in One Seed Chicago's "Year of the Herbs"

Vote for Chamomile in One Seed Chicago's "Year of the Herbs"
One Seed Chicago, the urban greening project by NeighborSpace, is back. This year’s candidates are basil, cilantro, and chamomile.  How One Seed Chicago works: Every year One Seed Chicago puts up three seed for a vote and allows Chicagoans to vote for their favorite. The one with the most votes gets crowned the winner and... Read more »

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 »

Ride With Radish For One Seed Chicago 2011

Ride With Radish For One Seed Chicago 2011
Politics is a dirty sport, and politics don’t get dirtier than in Chicago. “Vote early and vote often” is a phrase you hear said a lot during an election cycle. Most of the time it is said tongue-in-cheek, but you know that deep down some people really mean it. As someone who works on NeighborSpace’s... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Pruning Tomato Suckers

Pruning Tomato Suckers
Pruning tomato suckers is easy and something you should do to help your plant focus on producing fruit and for general health of your plants. Suckers grow in the crotch of a plant, in this case tomatoes, created by the main stem and branch. These eventually grow to the same size as the main stem,... 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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Garden Book: Grow Your Own Vegetables

Grow Your Own Vegetables by Carol Klein is a good and comprehensive vegetable gardening book. How good is it? I’ve been carrying it around with me all winter, reading passages while riding the CTA, that I forgot to write about it.  I received a few vegetables gardening books to review this year and I think... Read more »
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