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
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?
2017 has been named the Year of the Brassica by the National Garden Bureau. The genera Brassica reminds me of a family I know with thirteen children. How do they keep track of them all? When I started brushing up on the Brassica family, I realized I had forgotten about a couple of its children.… Continue reading 2017 is the Year of the Brassica
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