It’s not even summer yet, but I’m already collecting seeds in the garden. The first seed pods to ripen and open up are for my columbine flowers. I made this short video showing how easy it is to gather seeds from these flowers.
Back in April I wrote an article on Chicago Plant Sales for the Chicago Tribune. If you haven’t read it, and are new to gardening and shopping at plant sales check it out. If you’re a group or community garden that is looking to publicize a plant sale this spring or summer check out the... Read more »
Don’t care much about growing vegetables in your Chicago garden? Are you one of the many Chicagoans that are annoyed by the yearly planting of annuals and tropical plants that will die or be composted in the fall because they don’t survive winters in Chicago? Maybe gardening with native plants is for you. THE... Read more »
Ever since reading Grow Your Own Drugs earlier this year I’ve been looking around the neighborhood for useful plants and herbs. Feverfew derives from Latin word febrifugia, meaning “fever reducer.” It has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to alleviate fevers headaches, stomach problems and skin conditions. In ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago it... Read more »
Fall is the season to start a garden in Chicago. Garden centers have discounted trees, shrubs and perennials that can be planted now and return in the spring. These plants may look “dead” above the soil level, but below the roots are healthy. Before you set out to create your first garden make sure to... Read more »
Some photos of my small space urban garden in July 2010. The garden is located on the West Side of Chicago and this is where I grow the annuals and perennials I blog about here and on the MrBrownThumb garden blog. I like to describe my gardening style as ghetto because of my haphazard approach... Read more »