Luckily, you can help. Volunteers are needed to help water the trees on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6 pm and 9 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 9 am and noon. They also need supplies such as hoses, sprinklers, handcarts, tree gators, hose reels, buckets and work gloves.
Continue Reading July 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM Irving Park Garden Club
Lavender is usually used as a subtle note in recipes, often paired with lemon or vanilla. This recipe is for a lovely chocolatey cake that allows the sweet floral flavor of lavender to really shine.
Continue Reading July 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM Irving Park Garden Club
We had great weather and a great turnout for the annual Pot Luck Luncheon. Even though we did not have a Garden Walk this year we still had a fun pot luck luncheon in Bob and Carol’s lovely yard. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers Karen Wehrle, Susan Carter, Laird Larsen, Heather Milos, Sharon Graham for pitching in and setting up and breaking down the furniture after the luncheon was over. We couldn’t have done it without YOU guys!
July 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM Irving Park Garden Club
Don’t fertilize your lawn during the hot weather. Cut your grass higher in order to help shade out weeds and conserve moisture.
Continue Reading July 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM Irving Park Garden Club
Q: What is the Difference Between a Spice and an Herb?
A: Many people use the words “herb” and “spice” interchangeably, but there actually are subtle differences that distinguish one from the other. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of plants that do not have woody stems. They tend to thrive in more temperate climates, and can be used fresh or dry. Spices, on the other hand, can be obtained from woody or non-woody plants and are always dried before use. Except for the leaves, all other parts of the plant are spices, including the seeds, fruits, flowers and bark. Spices are usually native to hot, tropical climates. Additionally, while herbs sometimes seem to have more medicinal properties than spices do, most herbs and spices have both flavoring and healing properties. All these definitions mean that the same plant can, in fact, be an herb and a spice. Take cilantro, for example. Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander leaves, and because of this cilantro could be classified as an herb. However, dried coriander seeds (a spice) are frequently used in cooking, making it completely legitimate to refer to coriander as either an herb or a spice, depending on what part of the plant you’re using – The Herbal Companion Magazine
July 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM Irving Park Garden Club