Archive for August 2009

Collecting Seeds in the Garden

Seed saving season in the garden is underway and I thought I’d share some tips that I find useful when trying to save seeds for next year. The first thing I’d recommend for a new frugal gardener to do is start an Emergency Seed Saving Kit. You can place this kit in the glove compartment... Read more »

Powdery Mildew in the Garden

Powdery mildew is probably the easiest to recognize of all plant diseases in the garden. It is a fungal disease that attacks just about every plant in your garden. A wide variety of fungi cause powdery mildew on different plants, but it is recognized by the appearance of a white or gray coating on the... Read more »

Tree Watering Bags

A visitor asked me what the plastic green bags around trees all over Chicago were for. I took this picture of a tree wrapped in one such bag in the Loop recently. Like the pop bottle drip irrigation setup, these green plastic bags are filled with water that is slowly delivered to the root ball.... Read more »

Chicago Gardeners: Dirty Fingernails Photo Contest

If you’re a gardener you probably look at a lot of books and magazines with hand models who have perfectly manicured nails holding tools, plants, seedlings or produce. If you’re anything like me you probably laugh at such ridiculousness. Anyone who spends time in a garden, no matter how small, knows that dirty nails come... Read more »

Why we can't Afford to bring an Urban Farmer to Chicago

On August 19th GapersBlock posted Bring an Urban Farmer to Chicago. It was a call to drum up support to bring Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City, to Chicago to teach workshops about urban farming. I’ve read nothing but good things about Farm City and I’m sure Ms. Carpenter is a very nice person who... Read more »

Chicago Botanic Garden Green Roof Garden

Hope for the Healing Planet exhibit Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2009. Click for larger view. If you visited the Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2009 and walked the Hope for the Healing Planet exhibit of the Chicago Botanic Garden you got a preview of the green roof at the Botanic Garden’s Rice Plant Conservation... Read more »

Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper

If you purchased heirloom tomatoes during the Chicago TomatoFest plant sales you’re invited to the Second Annual Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper at the Chicago Honey Coop. The event celebrates the end of tomato growing season in Chicago and you’re asked to bring a dish that showcases the heirloom tomatoes you grew all season. The tickets... Read more »

Chicago Gardener Events September '09

September 2nd: Planting Cool Season Crops at the Garfield Park Conservatory Classroom. The classroom is located to the left when you enter the lobby next to the gift shop. You don’t need to pre-register for the program that starts at 6:30 pm. A $5.00 donation per person is suggested. For more info contact Kelly Katzmann... Read more »

One Seed Chicago Show & Tell

It is time for the One Seed Chicago Show & Tell. One Seed Chicago is asking that all of you participants and bean growers send in photos of your largest beans, creative bean support structures and anything else related to One Seed Chicago or growing beans. Submissions must be photo or video that can be... Read more »

Chicago's Tomato Queen

Today was the Show Me Your Tomatoes contest at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and I’m proud to announce that the winner is a local garden blogger and reader of Chicago Garden. Gina, who has been chronicling her gardening adventures at My Skinny Garden for the past two years, took home the prize for tastiest tomato... Read more »