Archive for March, 2012

Heuchera vs. Heucherella What’s the big difference???

They don’t like
heavy feeding, so use fertilizer sparingly. For best results, make sure to select
varieties that tolerate our heat and humidity!

Continue Reading March 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM Leave a comment

City of Chicago is now offering rebates of up to 50% on native plants, rain barrels and compost bins.

to announce the 2012 return of the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program! Through this program, your constituents can receive rebates of up to 50% on trees, native plants, rain barrels and compost bins purchased at local retailers. They can also learn more about how to make their yards more sustainable by attending a workshop or reviewing the educational resources available at

Continue Reading March 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM Leave a comment

Save the Portage Theater ~ Monday 3/26 7:00 Meeting

Come to this event to find out exactly what you as an individual can do. Help us save this neighborhood icon!

Continue Reading March 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM Leave a comment

All About Chile Peppers

People who live in Latin America, India, Africa or Asia, rarely eat a meal that doesn’t include Chile Peppers. In fact, some folks travel with their own supply of homemade, signature hot sauce!

Continue Reading March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM Leave a comment

A Simple Garden Banch to make DIY

One of the easiest ways to make a good garden even better is to set a comfortable bench in a secluded corner. Just having a place to sit transforms an ordinary patch of flowers into a quiet contemplative refuge. So when I was looking for a simple bench, I remembered hearing about a…

Continue Reading March 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM Leave a comment

How they dye the Chicago River green.

A couple of plumbers discovered the orange dye they used to detect leaks and illegal discharges of sewage into the Chicago River turned the water that Irish green that’s so ubiquitous this time of year.

Continue Reading March 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM Leave a comment

Bald Eagles 1, Chicago Police Gun Range 0

It’s back to the drawing board for the Chicago Police Department’s plans to build an outdoor firing range on the Southeast side, thanks to a pair of bald eagles who decided to call the proposed site home

Continue Reading March 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM Leave a comment

Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes

Without a doubt, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes are a must-grow. They are the eat-them-with-abandon-and-without-guilt candy of the garden.

Continue Reading March 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM Leave a comment

Jump Start your SUMMER BULBS!

Elephant ears, Cannas, Callas and Dahlias (all summer bulbs) can be started indoors 6-8 weeks prior to our last frost date. Plants will mature much earlier; you’ll enjoy a beautiful show all summer.

Continue Reading March 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM Leave a comment

Homemade Pop Tart Recipe

Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers (our preferred method, since it’s way more fun) or food processor until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible,

Continue Reading March 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM Leave a comment

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