Posts in category "Urban Gardening"

Gardening Goals: No Seed Starting Without A Grow Light

With all of this warm weather, naturally my thoughts turn to gardening. And eating a tomato that is actually red. Naturally all of the gardening catalogs jammed my mailbox *after* Christmas so I was a little late finding out about this: Make no mistake, it *will* be on the Christmas list for holiday 2016. After... Read more »

Canning Time: Tomato Edition

After planting a little late in the spring and the endless waiting, my tomatoes are finally in. Despite the fact the neighborhood children re-enacted their own version of La Tomatina by fighting with at least 40 POUNDS of everyone’s tomatoes, as you can see I still have plenty to work with. This week (or weekend)... Read more »

Gardening 2015: From Seeds To Seedlings & Starting to Prep The Beds

East facing view of main garden including the newly dug potato beds.
Fun fact:  Prepping the beds means picking up the dog poo left over by lazy owners who let their dogs run free in the garden.     If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is... Read more »
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Gardening 2015: Starting The Seeds

The snow is barely off of the ground, but I’m trying my hand at starting vegetables from seed. Inside, of course. Yesterday I took the seeds I’ve been holding since January and made my first attempt at growing vegetables the old fashioned way.   Well, the old fashioned way with a twist. I’m using  a terrarium... Read more »

Spring Fever Hits Early: Lets Plan To Garden

Spring Fever Hits Early:  Lets Plan To Garden
I’ve been itching to plant my vegetable garden since the Christmas tree came down. Despite the fact it’s early March and there is still snow on the ground,  I’m eagerly looking forward to sunny days in the garden.  Yet as we all know, a productive and attractive garden doesn’t happen without a little planning. This... Read more »

Garden Stories: The Tomatoes Are In

After a summer of zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers and jalapenos the stars of the show are finally producing. The tomatoes are in. The picture above is what I harvested today from the back garden.  With all of the produce that has been coming in, my kitchen and dining room look like a farm stand. Luckily,... Read more »
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The Backyard Garden: What A Difference Two Months Makes

The backyard garden on 5/31/14   Overview of the back yard garden that used to be four abandoned vacant lots.   The backyard garden on 7/31/14   The pictures don’t even do it justice.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and... Read more »

Jackson Park Garden Timeline

5/31---Starting out.  The Jackson Park (or East Garden) plots before weeding.
The Jackson Park garden—otherwise known as the East Garden—has come a long way since I went over to weed the plots on May 31st.  This is a timeline through pictures.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription”... Read more »

Good Gardening News And Bad Gardening News

Finally!  A plot out back in our little community garden.
The garden out back continues to grow thanks to the hard work of my neighbor Hank. If anyone thinks gardening is a leisurely pursuit, they clearly have never cleared a foundation left by an old building by hand in the blazing sun. Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog already knows the immense... Read more »
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The Salsa Contest: The Unexpected Happens

Telling my boyfriend that the salsa and dip contest was in gay bar was the least of my concerns as walked in the bar on competition day. He raised his eyebrows a little, asked a few more questions about the bar and joked that he would be glued by my side but for the most... Read more »