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Seed Starting Project: Ready To Be Transplanted

seedlingclosemar28The seedlings are growing fast now. They have developed sets of true leaves and are now ready to be transplanted in to larger containers which we will do early next week. Next week we will also be planting tomato seeds. March 28, 2014seedlingsmar28

By julie collins on March 28, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: More Growth

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The seedlings are getting taller and the light has been raised slightly from its original position. Stop in to take a look! March 22, 2014

By mreynolds on March 22, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized

Paint Recycling Program

Is your garage or basement cluttered with cans of leftover paint you have no intention of using? If passed, new legislation in Illinois could help fund a paint recycling program that would create more drop-off locations, many of which would be conveniently located at retail establishments. To help fund the program, consumers would pay a small fee when purchasing paint. Currently, there are similar programs in seven other states. For more information, check out this brief article featured on Earth911. You can also check the status of the House Bill (HB5457) and Senate Bill (SB1705).

By julie collins on March 17, 2014 Categories: Household Products, Recycling

Snowdrops are emerging!

snowdropsmar20142Spring is on the way–this photo from earlier today is of snowdrop tips (Galanthus), one of the earliest spring flowers. Snowdrops are very late in getting started this year–in previous years,  these particular flowers are frequently blooming by early-to-mid March. Nevertheless, their emergence is a sure sign of warm weather to come!

By julie collins on Categories: Gardening

Seed Starting Project: Seedlings

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In the past five days there has been a significant amount of growth as over 25 seeds have germinated thus far. Staff check the flat each day, misting with water as needed. March 16, 2014

By mreynolds on March 16, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Germination!

thaibasilseedlingWe have germination! One Thai basil seed has sprouted. It has been one week since it was planted. Now the light will be on 18 hours a day (on a timer starting at 6:00 a.m. and turning off at 12:00 midnight).

By julie collins on March 11, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Community Garden Plots Available

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.

By julie collins on March 7, 2014 Categories: Community, Gardening

Seed Starting Project: First Seed Flat Planted

seedflatmar514The 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

By julie collins on March 6, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Twelve by Twelve by William Powers

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A recent trend in green living is to downsize one’s dwelling. If this is something you have been considering, did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a twelve foot by twelve foot cabin? If so, check out Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. The author lived alone in a friend’s twelve-by-twelve cabin for forty days, detailing the time he spent there and reflecting on previous life experiences. Thoughtfully written, this story engages readers and gives them a glimpse into what this small-scale life might be like.

By mreynolds on February 27, 2014 Categories: Books

Seed Starting Project

seedpacketsscanjpegThe 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.

By julie collins on Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project