Category: Seeds

How to Make Seed Bombs

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This spring I’ve been hosting workshops where I’ve been teaching gardeners across Chicago how to make seed bombs. ¬†There are as many seed bomb recipes are there are gardeners. This is the method I like to use to make seed bombs at workshops because it’s quick, easy and there’s less mess to clean up. See... Read more »

Seed Starting Workshop Tonight in Chicago

Free seed starting workshop tonight in Chicago at Luther Memorial Church hosted by the Manor Garden Club. The garden club’s meetings are held in the lower level of the church and start at 7:30pm. I’ll be talking about and demonstrating how to start seeds. If you want to bring your own seeds and seed starting... Read more »

How to Grow Poppies From Seeds

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I love growing poppies in my garden, and I am always recommending other gardeners do it too. But it seems like a lot of gardeners who visit my post on sowing poppy seeds, and even gardeners I know in real life, have trouble getting poppy seeds to germinate in the garden. So I’ve put together... Read more »

Seed Starting: Seed Scarification

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I was preparing to direct sow some seeds in the garden yesterday before the storm when I got the idea to make a short seed starting tip video. This garden video explains seed scarification ¬†and how to use this seed-starting technique to germinate seeds with tough seed coats. If you’re curious, a couple of years... Read more »

Seed Swaps around Chicago March 2013

Seed Swaps around Chicago March 2013
As the saying goes, March comes in a lion and goes out like a lamb. Get ready for spring with these two seed swap in the Chicagoland area this weekend.   Chicago Seed Library will be hosting a seed swap at the Empty Bottle Farmers’ Market this Saturday. The market starts at Noon and there... Read more »

Green & Growing Fair This Saturday

If you have never been to the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory you should make a plan to attend this year. It is the only urban gardening fair in Chicago. It’s part festival, plant sale, social gathering, and a master class on urban and community gardening in Chicago. There are workshops... Read more »

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Seed Swap a Success

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Seed Swap a Success
On Sunday I hosted the first seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The event was a success because of the volunteers like My Skinny Garden, Garden Girl, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Growing in Chicago, Laura Young of the Lurie Garden, and Jessica, president of the Forest Park Community Garden who brought... Read more »

The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Great Chicago Seed Swap at Chicago Flower & Garden Show
On Sunday, March 11th, I’ll be hosting the first ever seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The swap starts at 3 p.m. outside the “White House Let’s Move Garden.” See below for full details. This is a seed swap, meaning, you bring a packet of seeds and you can exchange it for... Read more »

Chicago Seed Starting Workshops & Seed Swaps Feb-March 2012

To help Chicago gardeners get ready for spring garden clubs and organizations around Chicago usually hold seed starting workshops and seed swaps. Here are the seed-related events happening in February and March 2012. Save the date for The Great Chicago Seed Swap. It will go down at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Sunday,... Read more »

Help Save America's Oldest Seed Company

I’ve written here about the D. Landreth Seed Company and their African-American heritage seed line before and I’ve recommended shopping at their booth at the Chicago Flower & garden Show the past two years, in particular if you were interested in growing heirloom potatoes. Moments ago while visiting the company’s Facebook page I came across... Read more »