Posts tagged "Seeds"

Seed Starting: Seed Scarification

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I was preparing to direct sow some seeds in the garden yesterday before the storm when I got the idea to make a short seed starting tip video. This garden video explains seed scarification  and how to use this seed-starting technique to germinate seeds with tough seed coats. If you’re curious, a couple of years... Read more »

2nd Annual Hull House Museum Seed Swap March 10th

Join gardeners and seed savers from across Chicago at tomorrow’s seed swap at the Hull House Museum. There will be seeds swapped, workshops and talks. Sunday, March 10 | 1-4pm. The Hull House Museum is located near the Halsted Blue Line stop, the Halsted bus, and the No. 60 bus. For full details see the... Read more »

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Seed Swap a Success

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Seed Swap a Success
On Sunday I hosted the first seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The event was a success because of the volunteers like My Skinny Garden, Garden Girl, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Growing in Chicago, Laura Young of the Lurie Garden, and Jessica, president of the Forest Park Community Garden who brought... Read more »
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The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
On Sunday, March 11th, I’ll be hosting the first ever seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The swap starts at 3 p.m. outside the “White House Let’s Move Garden.” See below for full details. This is a seed swap, meaning, you bring a packet of seeds and you can exchange it for... Read more »

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Save the Date: Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
For the past few years I’ve been organizing a seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show among a few friends (sometimes strangers too) at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. We referred to it as a “shady seed swap” because we operated without permission of the flower show, and sometimes would sneak off into an empty room... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds

Chicago Gardeners, Don't Start Tomatoes From Seeds
After fellow garden blogger My Skinny Garden published her post recommending hybrid tomatoes to beginner gardeners, it got me thinking.  How else can the gardening experience be simplified to ensure success that leads to gardening becoming a lifelong love affair instead of a tryst that ends bitterly after a few months?  If this will be your... Read more »
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Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show

Free Garden Seeds at Chicago Flower Show
If you’re going to the final weekend of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show there are a lot of seeds you can buy from the Landreth Seeds booth, but there are also some free seeds available. The Smith & Hawken display has these paper garden stakes with basil seeds embedded. You simply insert the paper... Read more »

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?

Can You Trust Burpee Seeds?
George Ball Jr. Photo courtesy of Burpee Seed Company Soon after the holiday season officially ended I started to receive a lot of questions about seed buying, seed catalogs and seed sources. The questions came through email, on Facebook and through Twitter. The number of questions wasn’t what was surprising, what struck me was the number of... Read more »

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays

Seed Swap and Sweet Saturdays
Lurie Garden Seed Swap February 12, 2011.  1st floor Garland Room Chicago Cultural Center Get ready for spring as you share seeds and information with fellow gardeners. Led by Lurie Garden staff who will be on hand to provide seeds and tips for planting and germination. 10AM-NOON. Free, pre-register by calling Lurie Garden office at... Read more »
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