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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Organic Farming Can Feed the World

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Organic farming can yield up to three times as much food on individual farms in developing countries, as low-intensive methods on the same land–according to new findings which refute the long-standing claim that organic farming methods cannot produce enough food to feed the global population. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that in developed countries, yields wer...

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Seeks Community Garden Pics

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is producing a book on community gardening, and we need your help! We are seeking interesting, beautiful photos documenting all aspects of community gardening from North American gardens of all sizes and interests. We can pay a small licensing fee for any photos that we select for publication (plus give you copies of the book when it is printed!). Photos should be...

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New Perennial Garden Design Website

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A new website Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design developed by Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, has been launched. The site offers gardeners information on site assessment, bed preparation and maintenance, and perennial selection and placement in the garden. A special feature is a garden design with a plant list in the Perennial Placement section. Visit the site at:...

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Melons: The Sweet Taste of Summer

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Think back to summertime when you were a kid. What taste of summer comes to mind? If watermelon is at the top of the list, wait no longer. Watermelons are ripe and ready at your local farmer's market. Not only are watermelons ready for picking, but so are muskmelons, also known as cantaloupe. "It's often diffic...

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Enter the Grow-Off-Show-Off Garden Contest

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Enter the Grow-Off-Show-Off Garden Contest. First prize is $500.00. The Grow-Off Show-Off is a light-hearted, no-holds-barred talent contest for gardeners who cook, cooks who garden, and other garden-variety foodies. They are looking for fresh, creative entries that communicate the multiple benefits – healt...

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Get Your Blackberries

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Blackberries are a tasty summer treat, and they are available at your local farmer's market or u-pick farm. As with almost all fruits and vegetables, blackberries are naturally fat-free, low in calories, and contain a good amount of fiber. Not only are blackberries nutritious, but they also taste good and you can buy them locally! Ripe blackberries have a dull-black tone and wi...

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Free Perennial Plant Giveaway

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Openlands has been asked to distribute Free Plants on a first come first served basis-Tuesday, August 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or until the plants are gone. The plants are dianthus and coreopsis perennials. Directions : The plants will be given away at the north end of the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue, outside th...

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Free Plants from Openlands

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Openlands has received a donation of many plants and I mean many – all of them coming on a truck to the conservatory next week on Tuesday, August 7. I will be giving them out first come first served to any gardener, however, they first have to come off the truck in flats of 6 and I will need help to do that. I will also need help in crowd control when the gates are opened at noon....

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