Category: Frugal Gardening

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

One of the sunflowers in my garden has already gone to seed. I can tell this because birds have begun to take take chunks out of the seed head even before all of the seeds have had a chance to develop. This seed head itself is still a couple of weeks away from being ready... Read more »

Water and Money- Saving Tip for Large Garden Planters

Over the weekend I scored some large planters really cheap. When I got home I realized that math is not my forte. I had purchased ingredients to mix my own potting soil but I didn’t have enough of the ingredients to make a potting mix for both planters because they are so large. The plants... Read more »

What to Plant in Your Garden in July & Garden Sales

July is my favorite gardening month because you can plant things you didn’t get a chance to plant early in the spring and the sales at garden centers begin.  If this was the year that you had planned to grow some of your own food but you didn’t get around to doing it you’ve got... Read more »
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Natural Slug Control at Chicago Garden

One of the downsides of all the recent rain we’ve been experiencing are the pests and diseases that thrive in these damp garden conditions. One such pest is the common brown or gray garden slug. These are a type of mollusk related to clams and oysters and the damage they do in a garden is... Read more »

Free Wood Chip Mulch

Did you know that the Bureau of Forestry creates wood chips from the debris resulting from trees and branches they remove? The Bureau of Forestry creates mulch that can be used to enhance the appearance of playgrounds, city owned empty lots and even private property. Yes, even homeowners can benefit from the program. If you... Read more »

Espalier: Create An Urban Orchard

Years ago I went through a topiary phase, during this phase I decided I would focus strictly on topiaries. At the time I picked up the book The Complete Book of Topiary by Deborah Reich. I believe the book it out of print now but you may come across it in a used book store... Read more »
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Homemade Garden Plant Markers

Whenever I buy a new plant I always tell myself that I will keep the plant marker that came with the plant. Eventually the plant marker gets lost and replacing them can be expensive if you have a lot of plants. I’ve taken to making my own garden plant markers out of various things I... Read more »