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Spring Flowering Bulb Planters: Container Garden Idea 6

Just because you garden in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t plant spring flowering bulbs. While most gardeners around Chicago plant bulbs in the ground, they are also suitable for container gardens on your deck, patio, porch or courtyard.  In the garden video below by the Chicago Botanic Garden Jill Selinger shows you how... Read more »

Urban Farming Classes in Chicago Fall '09

There are several urban farming classes/workshops in Chicago this fall that can help you extend the growing season or help you get prepared for next spring. Here are some opportunities that have landed in my inbox recently. Cold frames There’s a cold frame building workday-October 14th, 4-7p.m. at Uncommon Ground on Devon. Techniques for building... 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 »

Where to Learn About Urban Agriculture in Chicago

Over the weekend I noticed that someone asked Rick Bayless on Twitter about volunteer opportunities in Chicago for people who were interested in urban agriculture in Chicago for people who live in apartments. Rick Bayless suggested City Farm & Growing Home which are two good ones. Here are a few more: NeighborSpace, Has an extensive... Read more »

How to Store Garden Seeds for Next Year

After you’ve collected and dried seeds from your garden the next step is to find suitable containers to hold them in. Here are some ideas for storing seeds. Plastic baggies– I bought a couple of packages of them from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago and still have a lot. I’ve found that they last... Read more »
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Vegetable Garden at Cook County Jail

Cook County Jail Vegetable Garden. (Panorama-click to enlarge) The last place you expect to see a vegetable garden is behind tall fences topped off with razor wire, but at the Cook County Jail there is a 13 thousand square-foot vegetable garden grown by inmates. This vegetable garden is a joint effort by The Cook County... Read more »

Collecting Seeds in the Garden

Seed saving season in the garden is underway and I thought I’d share some tips that I find useful when trying to save seeds for next year. The first thing I’d recommend for a new frugal gardener to do is start an Emergency Seed Saving Kit. You can place this kit in the glove compartment... Read more »

Chicago Gardener Events September '09

September 2nd: Planting Cool Season Crops at the Garfield Park Conservatory Classroom. The classroom is located to the left when you enter the lobby next to the gift shop. You don’t need to pre-register for the program that starts at 6:30 pm. A $5.00 donation per person is suggested. For more info contact Kelly Katzmann... Read more »
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Flies That Look Like Bees at Chicago Garden

On the heels of the urban bees in my garden post, I thought I’d share some pictures of flies that look like bees. The fly in the photo above is a syrphid fly. These flies are also known as hover flies, flower flies and bee flies. Here are couple of photos of these bee flies... Read more »