The Chicago Flower and Garden Show will help usher in spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s Blooms March 15-23, 2014. Gardeners at any level can learn about the latest, hottest plants, products and ideas for beautifying their green spaces at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s from March 15-23, 2014 at Navy […]

A Record Year for Growing and Giving

Gardeners set a record for vegetable donations in 2013 as part of the Plant a Row for the Hungry-Colorado campaign. We all know gardeners are a generous bunch, but this year area gardeners set a vegetable-donation record… 10,941 pounds–more than five tons of produce! The Plant a Row (PAR) campaign got off to a great […]

Nosiest Eggplant is 2013 Weird Veggie Winner

The results are in for the 2013 edition of the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit gardening contest. Entries came in from across the country, but in a strange twist (absolutely fitting for an oddball vegetable contest) the first and second place winners are from Colorado. Gardener Geri Koncilja has judged the Weird Veggie contest since […]

Hot Weather Help for Gardens

When the weather heats up, plants need extra help. My mantra? “Mulch like crazy.” A few summers ago, in the heat of a Colorado July, I had to to leave my garden to present a xeriscape program to a master gardener group in the southwestern part of the state. I fretted about how to keep […]

New Ideas in Straw Bale Gardening

I can’t think of a single gardener who wouldn’t want to plant a vegetable garden that could grow anywhere–without soil—and never needed weeding. When something sounds too good to be true, in most cases it means watch out for all the pitfalls. Gardeners are used to hearing claims for plants, products and tools that sound […]

New Items for Gardening from Territorial Seed

The new gardening catalog from Territorial Seed Company is about twice the size of other seed catalogs. I’ve written about Territorial Seed Company in the past and have placed orders with them. But the company’s garden seed, plants and supply catalog for spring 2013 is something special. This catalog is huge and features 240 new […]

New Line of Organics from Renee’s Garden

Renee’s Garden is introducing a new range of organic seed for the 2013 gardening season. Renee’s Garden, a long-time supporter of the Safe Seed Pledge developed by the Council for Responsible Genetics, has gone a step farther. This year Renee’s has added a complete range of USDA Certified Organic vegetable and herb seeds. Some of […]

New Gardening Seeds and Things for 2013

If it’s January, it’s time for the new seed catalogs to come rolling in. Once the rush of holiday shopping is over and the retail catalogs slow to a trickle, it’s time for the seed catalogs to take over. As a gardener, it has to be one of my favorite times of the year because […]

2012 Growing and Giving Gardening Report

The results are in for our 2012 Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign in the Denver metro area. When I stood in the pouring rain at Harvard Gulch Park handing out garden starter kits on May 19, I didn’t know what kind of gardening year 2012 would be. After a couple of good spring […]

How to Grow a Renoir Painting

Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted his “Fruits of the Midi” in 1881 and I recreated it from my garden this year. The last time I was in Chicago, I had just enough time to take a brisk walk through the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). I made it a point to put my eyeballs on some of […]

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