Tag: Gardening Tips

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

One of the sunflowers in my garden has already gone to seed. I can tell this because birds have begun to take take chunks out of the seed head even before all of the seeds have had a chance to develop. This seed head itself is still a couple of weeks away from being ready... Read more »

Protecting Container Gardens From Squirrels

A reader, CCWriter, asked for advice on protecting container gardens from squirrels with the catch that the advice couldn’t be cruel. I don’t really have a squirrel problem. In the past four years there have only been two incidents of plant damage involving squirrels at my Chicago garden. They rarely come down from the telephone... Read more »

Transplanting Tulip Bulbs

When I began my outdoor garden I didn’t start it with a garden plan. I just started planting things where I had space and over the years things have gotten worse as I kept adding plants without fixing my original planting mistakes. This year, I’ve resolved to fix a number of those early mistakes, starting... Read more »

Make Your Own Worm Composting Bin

Worm composting, or Vermicomposting, is a good way to recycle the organic waste you produce into a soil conditioner. Worm composting can be done indoors and outdoors and is great way for apartment dwellers to participate in composting. Yesterday, at a gardening event, I came across this demonstration of a worm composting bin by the... Read more »

Container Garden Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation

In the post on the emergency pop bottle drip irrigation setup, I mentioned you could apply the same idea for your container gardens. The idea for the pop bottle drip irrigation setups for your container garden has been around for a long time and is a great use of empty plastic bottles in the garden.... Read more »

Water and Money- Saving Tip for Large Garden Planters

Over the weekend I scored some large planters really cheap. When I got home I realized that math is not my forte. I had purchased ingredients to mix my own potting soil but I didn’t have enough of the ingredients to make a potting mix for both planters because they are so large. The plants... Read more »

Biennials and How to Make Hollyhock Dolls

Biennials are plants that complete their growing cycle in two growing seasons. They are different than annuals and perennials in that in the first year they grow only roots, leaves and stems. In the second year they flower and form seed pods if pollinated, then the plants die. If you grow biennials it is a... Read more »

What to Plant in Your Garden in July & Garden Sales

July is my favorite gardening month because you can plant things you didn’t get a chance to plant early in the spring and the sales at garden centers begin.  If this was the year that you had planned to grow some of your own food but you didn’t get around to doing it you’ve got... Read more »

Natural Slug Control at Chicago Garden

One of the downsides of all the recent rain we’ve been experiencing are the pests and diseases that thrive in these damp garden conditions. One such pest is the common brown or gray garden slug. These are a type of mollusk related to clams and oysters and the damage they do in a garden is... Read more »

Raised Bed Gardening

This year I’ve been seeing examples of raised beds all over Chicago that make me wish I would have created raised beds when I started my garden. Instead of digging through hard clay to try to create a hospitable area for plants I could have built a few raised beds and saved myself some back... Read more »