Posts in category "garden"

The war on the critters in my garden

The war on the critters in my garden
Last year, we planted our first ever fruit/vegetable garden and the results were so-so. I thought we did everything right. We had the magical mix of soil, compost and sand we should have used, but the things we planted from seed didn’t come up so well. I used tomato plants that were already grown and... Read more »

If you love avocados, you should grow your own

If you love avocados, you should grow your own
We were having a discussion about avocados while eating avocados at dinner tonight, when it dawned on me. We need to grow an avocado tree, STAT! Why are we spending money on delicious avocados when we can just grow our own tree? Money might not grow on trees, but those other awesome green things (avocados)... Read more »

Why it's critical to let kids be

Why it's critical to let kids be
Lilia and Franky were playing in the backyard after school today when she came running in with a handful of green beans. “I had to get them all before they turn into popsicles!” It was cold here in the Chicago area this morning. Some of the suburbs even got snow. She was right about grabbing... Read more »
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Harvesting a fall pumpkin

Harvesting a fall pumpkin
This morning we went pumpkin picking in our own backyard! We had one lone pumpkin that something’s been nibbling on. It finally lost all of its green color and as of this morning, it was a bonafide orange Halloween pumpkin. We planted our first vegetable garden in the spring of this year and we went... Read more »

Lessons learned from planting a garden

Lessons learned from planting a garden
This year we planted our first vegetable garden and it was one of the highlights of our summer. We put in a raised garden, got a nice soil mixture and planted like crazy. Really. We got a little nuts. It started when I let Franky help me pick out our seeds. There were close to... Read more »

Cucumber facts: a little fun from the garden

Cucumber facts: a little fun from the garden
What happens after a 3 and 7 year old have a long, tiring day? When your boss (mom) has been bugging you all day and you feel like you just can’t win? Why, you relax with cucumbers on your eyes, of course. You’ve seen in a million times. Movies and cartoons always have the stereotypical... Read more »
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Sometimes wearing flowers in your hair and dancing is all you need

Sometimes wearing flowers in your hair and dancing is all you need
Back in the spring, I wrote about how we planted a butterfly garden on a swath of dirt next to our house. I like having native, low maintenance flowers and I thought it would be fun to let the kids plants seeds to see what would happen. We raked in some new soil and planted... Read more »

Garden to table: What to do with those radishes

Garden to table: What to do with those radishes
Over a month ago, we planted our raised garden and today we picked our first vegetables, radishes! We noticed yesterday that they looked ripe for picking. We woke up this morning to a steady rain and waited patiently for it to die down. Finally, we had our chance. We brought out a large bowl and... Read more »

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie & The Children's Garden Project

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established in 1996 as the first national tallgrass prairie in the country.
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What to do with rhubarb? Make compote!

What to do with rhubarb? Make compote!
We’re always getting new vegetables in our CSA box that I’ve never eaten or cooked myself before. We get some tried and true things (lettuce, sweet potatoes, asparagus) but other things (ramps, green garlic, sunchokes) that I’ve never used before. Last week we got some rhubarb stalks and I wasn’t sure what to do with... Read more »