Archive for July, 2012

Wilson Park Trees Need Water

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 Leave a comment

Lavender Tea Cake

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 Leave a comment

The \’L\’ beauty show

The \’L\’ beauty show.

July 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM Leave a comment

Funny cat picture.

Funny cat picture.

Continue Reading July 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM Leave a comment

Pot Luck Luncheon was fun yesterday!

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!


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July 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM Leave a comment

What to Do in the Garden

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 Leave a comment

Q: What is the Difference Between a Spice and an Herb?

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 Leave a comment

It’s so hot in Chicago…

IT’S SO HOT in Chicago …..the birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground.

…..the trees are whistling for the dogs.

Continue Reading July 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM Leave a comment

All about garden mulches

Mulch’s purpose is pretty basic: It acts as a barrier, keeping sunlight and some air away from the soil surface. Sounds simple enough, but mulch’s smothering effect brings with it both good news and bad. Consider these positive and negative effects of tucking in your soil beneath a blanket of mulch:

Continue Reading July 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM Leave a comment

The quickest way to cool a drink…

I had read that putting salt in the ice water can chill your drinks even faster. Why would this work? Salt water has a lower freezing point than fresh water (which is why salt is often put on roads to prevent icy conditions), and adding salt to a bowl of ice water actually decreases the temperature of the water.

Continue Reading July 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM Leave a comment

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