Archive for December 2009

Where to Buy Cacti in Chicago

Winter is a pretty good time to get into the collecting and growing cacti and succulent plants around Chicago. Pretty soon they’ll start to fill stores with outdoor furniture, potting soil, planters, spring flowers and bulbs. Before that happens there is a small window of opportunity for plant lovers who like collecting the weirdly shaped... Read more »

The Boycotting of Monsanto-Seminis Seeds

Like Santa, you should check recommended seed seller lists, twice.  The seed starting season is just over the horizon and it looks like the popularity of  vegetable gardening, due to the recession, will continue for the foreseeable future. This is good news for seed companies and companies that cater to gardeners. You know who this is bad... Read more »

How to Kill a Poinsettia

I can’t think of a plant I hate more than the poinsettia. My intense hatred of this tropical plant, native to Mexico, has little to do with its association with Christmas and holiday cheer. My hatred of this plant stems from my childhood and spotting it in the windows of burger joints, Laundromats and storefront... Read more »

Winter Flower Garden and Train Shows in Chicago

Looking for a garden fix this weekend? Visiting the winter flower shows around Chicago is a good way to surround yourself with plants and flowers during these dreary days. If you have family and friends visiting for the holidays get them out of the house and into one of the conservatories for a couple of... Read more »

Urban Beekeeping Class this January

The Chicago Honey Co-op will be holding their winter urban beekeeping class this January 23, 2010 at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum. The Jane Adams Hull-House Museum is located at 800 South Halsted Street. Steps from the Blue/Pink line stop and the Halsted bus. Beekeeping enthusiasts will learn the basics of beekeeping including; package... Read more »

Winter Garden Interest at Chicago's Lurie Garden

click for slightly larger view A well-designed garden looks interesting year-round. My own garden has no “designer,” it is just a collection of plants and flowers I like, and in the winter there isn’t much to look at. I’m hoping to change this flaw by visiting gardens this winter and copying some of the design... Read more »

Garden Books: Gifts for Gardeners

Garden books make great gifts for the gardener on your holiday list. Here are a couple of recently published books I recommend that you can find at the local bookstore. 1.Container Gardens: 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening by P. Allen Smith. Reviewed here on this blog. Great for urban gardeners/container gardeners. 2. The Garden of... Read more »

SeedBallz and Seeds: Gifts for Gardeners

If you’re familiar with guerrilla gardening, then you’ve heard of seed bombs. Seed bombs are a small amounts of clay formed into spheres that hold seeds. Usually, seed bombs are tossed over fences into places like empty lots where the rains dissolve the clay exposing the seeds that then germinate. They’re easy to make, but... Read more »

Amaryllis Bulb Kits:Gifts for Gardeners

Amaryllis bulb kits are a great gift idea for the gardener on your shopping list this holiday season.  The bulb kits can be found in retail settings like; home improvement stores, the floral section of your local grocery chain, big box stores and garden centers across Chicago.  With prices starting at $4.99, they make great... Read more »