It is a beautiful day and a good time to think about what gardens might be fun to someday visit. Some of these I have been too some I would love to go to!
What are your favorite garden spots to visit?
Here are a couple links to check out...
Anderson Japanese Garden Rockford, Illinois
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Cantigny, Wheaton, Illinois
The Chicago Botanic Garden
Northwind Perennial Farm, Wisconsin
What can we learn from the lesson of the rabbit and turtle?
How can we get slow?
solutions are often the most sustainable ones.
Small solutions make better use of resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.
It is time to start fall and winter veggie crops! Why not add a
smallarea of the garden for these easy to grow late season crops this year. Veggie gardening is more than just fast summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, and zuc's.
You can garden (nearly) year-round. If you start winter crops soon you will be harvesting in late into the year.
How can we catch and store more energy in our home and garden and our everyday life?
Maybe there a low spot where water collects that could be used as a site for a a garden on your property? This is a place where many plants that like sometimes wet condition would like to grow.
Maybe you could use this low spot to grow some wonderful native plants this year?
Great blue lobelia is a very cool plant! It is a beautiful native plant with a lovely upright spike of
bright blue flowers.
What's going on in the garden?
So begins another Spring....
I have a grow light over these and some bottom heat...
Here's a peek at the first spring crop.
Bloody Butcher tomatoes,
& Mache salad.
I started new Spring crops...
beets outside in the cold frames.
Winter Kale Crop from Saturday March 16th....
I harvested the last big batch of winter kale on Saturday and made it into a nice
soup! This is zone 5 and these crops are just in a cold frame over a raised bed, so it is great to see that I managed to grow them all winter along.
This week we saw a lot of snow fall around Chicago-land.
March is the usual
month we begin to change from winter to spring.
Nature is not static. Spring is coming soon and winter will melt away.
It will begin to warm up and then it will be time to begin to garden again for the new growing season.
How can we have a positive impact?
Work with nature and not against it.
not work in the garden on overly wet days if possible, this causes soil
compaction and is bad for your plants and your soil.
Happy Holidays everyone! Here are some recent winter containers from several homes, I made these last week when it was nice and warm outside! Well, it was 50 degrees~ at least! : )
These were made with all natural materials including willow, yarrow and magnolia leaves.
On these three I added some fun'Snow Ball' lights and plenty of garden grown holly, hydrangea, and juniper!
Here is another set of winter containers below with lovely gold and chocolate brown ornaments, evergreen branches, and mixed greens.
Have you ever wondered what a north American native plant really is?
A native is a plant that existed here without human introduction.
A Native Plant is a plant that was here before Europeans settled on the land, bringing with them a entire new array of diverse plants.
So what plants existed in Illinois?
There was a vast ecosystem of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, rivers, lakes. Human activities, like building and agriculture has disturbed our land and introduced a lot of invasive species thru the years.
Hi everyone, Happy Spring, time to think about the soil.
Ever wonder what is so important about the soil when it comes to
Here is a quick break down of the facts.....Plants get water, air and nutrients from the soil.
Plants get the majority of nutrients from the soil they grow in.
The importance of quality soil cannot be ignored if healthy plants are the goal.
Simply put plants grow better in fantastic soil!
Clay soil = high nutrients, but can be wet and plants can’t get enough air.