From the moment you enter this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden show, you know you are in for a treat. Paying homage to Navy Pier’s 100th birthday, the entrance garden features Chicago landmarks, pink and white roses, lush ferns and purple Senetti pericallis. I love the exhibits of tulips, hyacinths and roses. I am more… Continue reading Gardens of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Spring is in the air at Navy Pier. The Chicago Flower & Garden show began last Saturday and continues through Sunday, March 26. There are many reasons to take your green thumbs to the show. Here are the top five: See beautiful gardens. The garden designed and built by Aquascape Inc. is worth the price… Continue reading 5 Reasons to go to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Growing tomatoes from seed has advantages over purchasing transplants at your local garden center. There is a much larger selection of varieties, especially heirlooms; seeds are considerably less expensive than plants; and it is very rewarding to nurture plants from seed to harvest. Choosing Varieties With so many varieties available, how can we possibly decide?… Continue reading Starting Tomato Plants from Seeds
When temperatures start to warm, gardeners can’t wait to get their gardening itches scratched. We imagine our tools in their sheds eager, too: shovels twitching to start digging; rototillers giddy at the thought of spinning their tines through the soil; and garden gloves dancing with joy to dig in the dirt again. One of the… Continue reading Don’t Work in Wet Soil!
Seed starting time is just around the corner. Gardeners prepare by gathering seed starting supplies: Containers – some purchased; some recycled (egg cartons, take out containers, etc.) Water-holding trays to put under containers Seed starting potting mix Shelves set up with lights on adjustable chains Seeds, of course! Before we plant seeds of our favorite… Continue reading Planting Seeds vs. Transplants – Which is better?