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Celebrate Earth Day with the Friendship Park Conservatory

Join in the Earth Day celebration at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn some recycling tips and how to go green at home, or tour the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse. There will also be hands on activities for children. Click here for more information about this event.

If you’re looking for a more hands on way to celebrate Earth Day, why not volunteer to help clean up local parks? You can work to clean up a park in your neighborhood or at another location. Please call the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500 to register for this event (registration is required). For more information, check out the Clean Up The Parks event on the Friendship Conservatory website.

By mreynolds on April 7, 2014 Categories: Community, Earth Day, Volunteering

Seed Starting Project: Transplants–One Month of Growth

photo (12)We planted our pepper and basil seeds one month ago today! Some of the seedlings were getting too big for the cells in the flat so we transplanted the largest of each of the varieties and separated seedlings that were growing two to a cell. In the bigger pots, the plants have more room to expand their root systems and do not need to be watered daily or twice daily. We will be starting tomatoes in the next few days.photo (11)

By julie collins on April 5, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

E-Cycling Event at the Friendship Park Conservatory

Do you have old electronics around your house that you don’t know what to do with? You can drop them off for recycling at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12. Drop off times for both days are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 847-298-3500 or check out this detailed list of what is and is not accepted.

By mreynolds on April 2, 2014 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

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