Garden DIY · Garden Maintenance · Garden Recycling

6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!

When I speak to groups about the benefits of composting, I begin by asking how many people are not already composting at home. Always amazed at the number of hands that are raised, I inquire why not. I am taking on the most common reasons folks give for not composting. After reading to the bottom… Continue reading 6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Growing Fruit · Perennials · Trees · Vegetable Gardening

Gardens of Mettawa Manor

Mettawa Manor was built in 1927. When Bill Kurtis, legendary newsman, and his wife Donna LaPietra bought the 10,000 square foot mansion and 65-acre property in 1990, they became the estate’s just second owners. Over the last nearly thirty years, they have not only restored the existing garden areas, they have also added new elements… Continue reading Gardens of Mettawa Manor

Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Shrubs

7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

The Independent Garden Center (IGC) show was held last week at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Vendors from all over the country came to show off their plants, garden décor and supplies, pots, tools and just about anything else you might find at your local garden center. Garden center buyers jostled for position at their favorite booths… Continue reading 7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance

Haircuts for Summer Containers

With pruners in hand, I set out to do a little mid-summer maintenance on my containers. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions and herbs planted in containers on my deck were growing like crazy. They didn’t need haircuts, but  the basil needed their flowers, just beginning to form, pinched. (If plants were allowed to flower, they would… Continue reading Haircuts for Summer Containers

Garden Maintenance · Perennials

Perennials that Save Water in the Garden

Today is World Water Day, a day designated by the United Nations to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, Nature for Water, explores nature-based solutions to water challenges. While we can’t, as individuals, plant a forest, reconnect rivers to floodplains, or restore a wetland, there are many things gardeners can… Continue reading Perennials that Save Water in the Garden