Archive for September 2009

Why I Support Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid

While rummaging around my dad’s sock drawer once I found something that captured my imagination. It was a small piece of embossed metal-a souvenir of a World’s Fair. Upon my discovery of the trinket I took it to my room and carefully put it into a jar that held all of my most valuable possessions.... Read more »

Where to Buy Spring Bulbs for Your Garden

I did a quick tour of Home Depot and Menards to see what they were selling this year in terms of spring garden bulbs. These are the bulbs, corms and rhizomes, you plant between now and before the ground freezes, that will bloom in the spring. Home Depot had the standard fare like tulips, daffodils,... Read more »

Staples, Chicago Bears Dream Park Challenge

Staples and the Chicago Bears have teamed up for the Dream Park Challenge to fund improvements to local parks. They are giving out four prizes: Grand prize: $25, 000 in park improvements, plus a celebration at Soldier Field with Matt Forte. First prize: $10,000 in park improvements. Second prize: $5,000 in park improvements. Runners up:... Read more »

Choosing Lawn Fertilizers

Came across another helpful video by the University of Illinois Extension that talks about winterizing your lawn to prepare it for next year. It focuses on choosing the right lawn fertilizer for late summer early fall. When it says that organic lawn fertilizers are “lower in analysis” than “commercial chemical-type fertilizers” it is referring to... Read more »

Recycle Garden Annuals as Houseplants

Coleus, begonia and “Purple Queen.” Slightly larger pic if you click to enlarge. Frugal gardeners have long known that they can save a few bucks overwintering tender annuals indoors to be used in the garden next spring. Annuals generally live for only one growing season before going to seed and dying, but many of the... Read more »

Where to Learn About Urban Agriculture in Chicago

Over the weekend I noticed that someone asked Rick Bayless on Twitter about volunteer opportunities in Chicago for people who were interested in urban agriculture in Chicago for people who live in apartments. Rick Bayless suggested City Farm & Growing Home which are two good ones. Here are a few more: NeighborSpace, Has an extensive... Read more »

Da Bears, Da Birds, Dirt Weed & Fresh Food Stamps

A Marijuana plant was spotted growing in a parkway in Rogers Park. This summer I was asked by a neighbor to grow Marijuana plants for her in my garden. I surprised myself when it took me a few moments to say no. I blame it on the recession. A couple of days later I attended... Read more »

Garden Center Tree Buying Tips by U of I Extension

I came across this video by the U of I Extension of horticulturist Greg Stack giving a quick guide to selecting trees at a garden center to plant this fall in your garden or landscape. The highlights: Thinking about how big the tree will grow, will it obstruct utility wires? Does the tree flower &... Read more »

Chicagoland Gardening Magazine ISO Young Gardeners

Are you interested in gardening and under 35? If you found an Ed Hardy t-shirt in your closet would you throw it in a compost bin before ever wearing it?* Do you and your friends use around buzzwords like “sustainability?” If you answered yes, then ChicagoLand Gardening magazine wants to talk to you. They’re conducting... Read more »

How to Store Garden Seeds for Next Year

After you’ve collected and dried seeds from your garden the next step is to find suitable containers to hold them in. Here are some ideas for storing seeds. Plastic baggies– I bought a couple of packages of them from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago and still have a lot. I’ve found that they last... Read more »