Tag: Natural gardening

'Frost Aster' Illinois Wildflower

'Frost Aster' Illinois Wildflower
I’ve mentioned before how much like letting weeds grow in my garden because they provide interest (free flowers) and attract beneficial insects into the garden. ‘Frost Aster’ is one such weed that I welcome in the garden because this time of year there isn’t much blooming in Chicago. Right now you can see it blooming... Read more »

Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden

Combat Mosquitoes in the Garden
According to Chicago Breaking News, a pool of mosquitoes in Evanston has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The majority of people who contract West Nile Virus usually have no symptoms or show very little symptoms. People who have contracted West Nile Virus may show signs of “fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph glands.”... Read more »

Best Time to Pull Weeds in the Garden

After we’ve had some rain I like to go out in the garden and pull weeds. I find that this is the best time to pull weeds in the garden because they lift right out of the garden’s soil with ease. I know it can be difficult for some people to hand-weed their garden, but... Read more »

Top 12 Pesticide-Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that is focused on public health, lists twelve fruits and vegetables that they call the “Dirty Dozen” because they reportedly contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving.  The “Dirty Dozen” are: Celery Peaches Strawberries Apples Domestic blueberries Nectarines Sweet bell peppers Spinach, kale and collard greens Cherries Potatoes Imported... Read more »

Canada Thistle, Invasive Garden Weed

Canada Thistle, I’ve come to learn, is an invasive garden weed. My first encounter with Canada Thistle occurred when it sprouted in the middle of a rose bush. Over the course of the growing season I noticed it, but couldn’t reach it, so I let it grow in the garden. Eventually, I figured I’d let it... Read more »

Garden Fertilizer made from Asian Carp

Today, some Chicago aldermen were scheduled to debate whether the Chicago River locks should be closed off from boats to keep the dreaded Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. Later this month the Environmental Protection Agency plans to close and poison a two-mile stretch of the Little Calumet River to get an idea of just... Read more »

Bee Balm Wins 2010 One Seed Chicago

Last weekend at the Green & Growing Fair Bee Balm was unveiled as the winner of 2010 One Seed Chicago. Chicagoans all across our City voted for their favorite and Bee Balm came out on top.  This year One Seed Chicago will distribute over a million seeds to the gardeners who voted and those who didn’t get... Read more »

Chicago Going to the Birds with "Tweet Home Chicago"

The City of Chicago and its partners are inviting Chicagoans to participate in a bird house design and build competition. Tweet Home Chicago aims to raise awareness about the imporantance of birds and bird habitat in Chicago. Don’t let the overabundance of pigeons fool you, Chicago is home to 80 native bird species that nest here. During the... Read more »

"A Chemical Reaction" Screening at Columbia College Chicago

“A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution,” will be screened at Columbia College Chicago on March 20. The critically acclaimed film questions many of the products and practices used to create and maintain lawns. According to a press release for the screening 78 million U.S households use home and garden pesticides. This... Read more »

What good are wasps in the Garden?

Today, a local gardener asked me on Twitter: “and really what good are wasps?“ If I had been asked that question a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything positive to say about the wasp. I was stung by one once as a kid and it took one bad... Read more »