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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

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Giving Thanks for the Garden

I love Thanksgiving. I love its slower pace and less stressful nature. I love its focus on family and friends instead of presents. I love the way it give us pause to consider all for which we are thankful. I am most thankful for my family and friends, of course, but my garden is close… Continue reading Giving Thanks for the Garden

Growing Fruit · Vegetable Gardening

Check out my cool-season vegetable garden!

Fruits and vegetables have been growing in containers on our deck since early April. We’ve been enjoying romaine and butterhead lettuce in salads and on burgers for a month, and the rest of the cool-season vegetables are growing beautifully. Check them out. The heads of broccoli and cauliflower are beginning to form. Isn’t this the… Continue reading Check out my cool-season vegetable garden!

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Plant a Pot of Peas & Strawberries

Happy National Strawberry Day! Strawberries deserve a day, don’t you think? They are sweet and yummy and full of Vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer. I planted strawberries and peas together in a large pot… Continue reading Plant a Pot of Peas & Strawberries