Tag: Frugal Gardening

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 »

Chicago Flower and Garden Show: Ticket Discounts

Chicago Flower and Garden Show   Tickets for adults to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show are $15.00 for adults during the week and 5.00 for children 4-12 years of age. On the weekends the price goes up to $17.00 for adults. You may be able to get a $2 coupon for a discount to... Read more »

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 »
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SeedBallz and Seeds: Gifts for Gardeners

If you’re familiar with guerrilla gardening, then you’ve heard of seed bombs. Seed bombs are a small amounts of clay formed into spheres that hold seeds. Usually, seed bombs are tossed over fences into places like empty lots where the rains dissolve the clay exposing the seeds that then germinate. They’re easy to make, but... Read more »

"Cover Chicago Garden in Black Plastic"

While looking over the stats for my MrBrownThumb garden blog I noticed that someone recently visited after searching for, “cover Chicago garden in black plastic.” The gardener must have been looking for information on weed deterrents. I’ve seen people use black plastic bags, which are different than the landscaping plastic you’ll find at your local... Read more »

Propagating Plants Through Cuttings

Propagating plants through cuttings and growing them inside during the winter to plant out in your garden next spring is an easy way to save a few dollars. When I started gardening taking cuttings, or clippings as some call it, always intimidated me until I discovered how easy it was to do. For this example... Read more »
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Organic Greenhouse Perennial Giveaway

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will receive a donation of 1,000 1 gallon perennials plants from Elite Growers to distribute to gardeners and community gardeners in Chicago. Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse needs volunteers to help upload the truck starting at 10 a.m. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the plants... Read more »

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 »

Recycle Garden Annuals as Houseplants

Coleus, begonia and “Purple Queen.” Slightly larger pic if you click to enlarge. Frugal gardeners have long known that they can save a few bucks overwintering tender annuals indoors to be used in the garden next spring. Annuals generally live for only one growing season before going to seed and dying, but many of the... Read more »
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Garden Center Tree Buying Tips by U of I Extension

I came across this video by the U of I Extension of horticulturist Greg Stack giving a quick guide to selecting trees at a garden center to plant this fall in your garden or landscape. The highlights: Thinking about how big the tree will grow, will it obstruct utility wires? Does the tree flower &... Read more »