River Trails School District 26 and River Trails Park District are offering 10′ x 5′ plots in El Jardin De Los Sueños (Garden of Dreams) at Euclid School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect. Participants must sign and submit a Garden Agreement available at the River Trails School District office at 1900 E. Kensington Road or to be downloaded at www.rtsd26.org. Annual dues are $20.00 and plots will be available starting in May. Gardeners must provide their own tools; composting bins and water will be available. For more information please call 847 297 4120.
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The Seed Starting Project is underway! We planted our first flat using all heirloom pepper and basil seeds. Pepper varieties include: Long Cayenne, Miniature Chocolate Bell, Alma Paprika, Kalman’s Hungarian, Santa Fe Grande and Tequila Sunrise. Basil varieties include: Genovese, Purple Dark Opal, and Thai. We’ve put the flat on a heat mat as bottom heat helps to promote germination for many seeds. Most of these varieties should germinate by the middle of next week. Check back here to see the progress! more
The Green Committee of the Mount Prospect Public Library is excited to begin our Seed Starting Project! Look for our seed starting set-up in the lobby of the Library near the Registration Desk starting in early March. We will be planting peppers and basil to start. Later we will plant tomatoes and cucumbers. If you would like to know more about starting your own garden plants from seed or if you’d like to join in the discussion and share your experiences and seeds, please register for Seed Starting and Sharing on March 5, 2014 at 7 pm in Meeting Room B.
To get a jump start on harvesting spring vegetables, consider making/buying a cold frame. These are mini greenhouses, usually low to the ground, with glass or plastic panels that can heat up soil so plants can be grown outside much earlier (or later in the fall) than would otherwise be possible. Lots of information is available on the web concerning how to construct a cold frame (search “cold frames”).
The Library also has print resources with instructions on building a cold frame: The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour has lots of useful information about cold weather gardening and also includes plans for building a simple cold frame.
Do you have a clove of garlic that has sprouted, or potatoes with eyes? Think twice before you toss them in the trash, as you can use these items to grow more! Yes, you can grow garlic, potatoes and even pineapple, all from scraps! Check out this article from Earth911 to learn more about gardening with food scraps. Some of these foods might surprise you!
See below for links to materials related to the May 13 program: “Chemical-Free Home Landscaping,” presented by Sarah Neville from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center.
ChemicalFreeLawnCare –this is the powerpoint she presented.
Most people do not know the power of vinegar to kill weeds. Vinegar will eliminate weeds without the potential hazards of powerful chemicals. Just spray the vinegar on the leaves of the weeds until they are wet and in a matter of days, the weeds will be dead.
There are two things you should know about using vinegar to kill weeds:
- Vinegar is activated by sunlight. So, check your weather report and try to pick a day when it will be sunny and not raining.
- Vinegar does not discriminate! It will kill ALL plants that it is sprayed on. So, only spray it on the weeds you want to kill. Do not get it on your flowers, tomato plants, etc.
Besides being safe and effective, vinegar is inexpensive. All types of vinegar will work and white vinegar is usually the least expensive.
FYI: Vinegar is great to use to kill the weeds that grow in sidewalk cracks.
Learn the science behind mixing yard waste and acceptable food scraps toward creating a nutrient rich garden and lawn on Saturday (May 19) from 1 – 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 – 3 p.m., weather permitting, at SWANCC’s Glenview Transfer Station (1151 N. River Rd., across from Maryville Academy DP). This free workshop has limited space, so registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847/724-9205
Are you looking for some new seeds to grow in your garden this year? Have you heard about Seed Savers Exchange, which is a non-profit organization that “saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage” in hopes of saving some endangered seeds from being lost to future generations. Through Seed Savers Exchange you can order seeds for a variety of different plants including vegetables (check out the tomoatoes!), herbs, and flowers. Some of the seeds are even certified USDA Organic! Interested in visiting the farm, located near Decorah, Iowa? Visitors are welcome April through October.
For more information on ordering seeds or visiting the farm, visit Seed Savers Exchange http://www.seedsavers.org/