Archive for January, 2011

Garden Seeds Seed-Starting Timetables

As the cold winds blow and the snow flies (again), it is the perfect time to plan your spring and summer gardens with the Kitchen Garden Seeds catalog. Make a wish list of the vegetables and herbs that you would like to grow. Think about what you

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10 Perennials Easily Grown from Seed

Save money by making your own mix
Making seed-starting soil is easy, fun, and less expensive than purchasing a premade mix. First, put two parts compressed, peat-based soilless potting soil, like Fafard #2 or Metromix, in a trug or wheelbarrow.

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Blue Jays- “Nature’s Noisemakers”.

One of the most noticeable characteristics of this bright member of the crow family is the noise it makes. And blue jays have quite a repertoire of calls. In addition to the alarm call (the jay, jay, jay that many of us recognize)…

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Lawn & Landscape

More than 20 new plants were introduced this year. Check them out here.

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Explore Urban Agriculture

Chicago Park District Seed Starting Workshop

DATE: Saturday, January 22 & February 13

TIME: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

LOCATION: Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn

FEE: $10 (cash only)

RSVP: (773) 685-3351

Craving unique vegetables? Want those old fashioned French marigolds? Like the delicate herb chervil? Want to show your children the wonders of plants? Sometimes, to get the plants you want–when you want them–you just have to grow them yourself. Master Gardener and organic advocate Nancy Benjamin will show you the basics of seed starting. Discover seed sources, trays, growing mediums, lights as well as germination tips and times for a whole variety of vegetables and flowers.

This 2-day workshop will be lead by Nancy Benjamin, Master Gardener.

January 3, 2011 at 4:51 PM 1 comment

Morton Arboretum- a treasure in any season!

Last week, when the ground was still blanketed in snow, a friend of mine and I went to Morton Arboretum for a winter visit. It was a cold, sunny day. We were pleasantly surprised …

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