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Urban Bees at Chicago Garden

Since attending the urban beekeeping lecture I’ve been paying more attention to the bees in my garden. I’ve noticed there have been less honeybees in my garden this year. Maybe there is something to the whole CCD thing. But the news hasn’t been all bad. With honeybees, for the most part, absent from the garden... Read more »

Butterfly Photography at Chicago Garden

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a professional photographer, but every once in a while I take a photograph in the garden that I like. Last week was a pretty good day for butterfly photography in the garden. I managed to get a couple of photographs of butterflies that I liked. Here... Read more »

Transplanting Tulip Bulbs

When I began my outdoor garden I didn’t start it with a garden plan. I just started planting things where I had space and over the years things have gotten worse as I kept adding plants without fixing my original planting mistakes. This year, I’ve resolved to fix a number of those early mistakes, starting... Read more »

Make Your Own Worm Composting Bin

Worm composting, or Vermicomposting, is a good way to recycle the organic waste you produce into a soil conditioner. Worm composting can be done indoors and outdoors and is great way for apartment dwellers to participate in composting. Yesterday, at a gardening event, I came across this demonstration of a worm composting bin by the... Read more »

Potager: French Kitchen Garden

The potager garden is the counterpart to the English kitchen garden and different than a Victory Garden. Victory Gardens date back to World War I and World War II and were planted in an effort to reduce the demand on the public food supply and were also propaganda to boost the morale of the nations... Read more »

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 »

Hull-House Heirloom Urban Farm on UIC campus

Steps away from the Hull-House Museum and the Hull-House Soup Kitchen, where Re-Thinking Soup is held every Tuesday, an urban farm dedicated to growing heirloom crops for the soup kitchen grows. The day I visited the farm I was walking to the location with Michael Thompson, of the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and if not for... Read more »

Rick Bayless' Urban Edible Garden

Over the weekend I participated in a tour of Rick Bayless’ Urban/Edible garden with a group of garden bloggers from across the country that were visiting Chicago. I don’t think the word ‘garden’ does Rick’s place justice; perhaps “oasis,” “farm” or “Eden” would be a better word to describe it. The garden is tended by... Read more »

Community Grows for the Greater Good in Uptown

On May 9th a dedication ceremony was held for the GroGood community garden in Clarendon Park, in the Uptown neighborhood. A portion of the harvest will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which recently reported a 32 percent increase in demand for emergency food assistance. Through its GroGood campaign, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company... Read more »

Chicago's Downtown Farmstand

Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand opened in October of 2008 offering residents and visitors to the area and opportunity to eat locally grown food and edibles produced here, year-round. By April of 2009 after hearing about it on Twitter I went looking for the place but never wrote down the exact address. I knew it was on... Read more »