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2020 Pandemic Moments History Project

2020 Pandemic Moments in Mount Prospect

The Mount Prospect Historical Society in partnership with the Mount Prospect Public Library has launched a new community project. Residents and others affiliated with Mount Prospect are asked to share photos and videos and to write essays, impressions and even poems to help others among us put this experience into a larger context and provide those who come after us with a snapshot of what life has been like in Mount Prospect during this COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this project and how to share your experiences, please see this page on the Mount Prospect Historical Society web site.

Succession Planting

For a continuous supply of fresh home grown produce, home gardeners can develop a succession plan for their vegetable plantings togarden chart ensure they are using all their available planting space. The growing season is still young enough to create and follow a plan–it’s a matter of choosing to plant the right vegetables at the right time.

For example, cool weather vegetables (e.g. radishes, lettuce, arugula, mustard) planted early in the spring can be harvested about now and other more warm weather seeds/seedlings can be planted in that precious empty garden space. Suitable choices could include: kale, heat tolerant lettuce, bush beans, and cucumbers/squash among many others.

Some vegetables are planted only once in the season as they need an extended growing period, e.g. tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Succession planting also can refer to making multiple plantings of the same vegetable to ensure a continuous harvest. Many home gardeners plant radishes, lettuce, beans, and even cucumbers several times over a growing season.

Later in the season, some warm-weather vegetables can be replaced with cool weather crops to be harvested later in the fall, e.g. beets, carrots, kale, lettuce etc.

Check out this link to a planting chart and info about succession planting from the University of Illinois Extension: Vegetable Succession Planting Chart.

For more information, please log in to the Web Resources page (MPPL card number and PIN required) and access Article Finder. There, you can search for current how-to gardening articles (try using the terms: “succession planting,” or “vegetable gardening”).

If you need assistance with access or other questions, please contact us via Live Chat:; email:; or phone: 847-253-5675, if we don’t answer, please leave a message–we’ll call you back.

Protection for Renters During COVID-19

If you are a renter and have questions about your rights, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has some information that may be helpful HERE.

The CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress, provides certain protections for most tenants in federally subsidized or federally backed housing, including limits on evictions and fees for not being able to make your rent payment.

Some states and local governments have taken action to offer rent relief.

In addition, there are a number of resources and professionals who can help with your housing or financial situation, including nonprofit credit and housing counselors.

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Beans: Bush, Pole, Snap, and Shell

The end of May is typically a great time to plant any type of bean in the northeast region of Illinois. Usually by this time, the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed sufficiently.

Generally, beans need to be grown in a location that receives full sun for at least 6 hours a day and can be grown successfully in most soil conditions. Successive plantings every 2-4 weeks until early August will provide a continuous harvest throughout the summer and early fall.


Plant seeds of all varieties one inch deep. Plant seeds of bush beans 2 to 4 inches apart in rows at least 18 to 24 inches apart. Plant seeds of pole beans 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart; or in hills (four to six seeds per hill) 30 inches apart, with 30 inches between rows.

University of Illinois Extension: Watch Your Garden Grow

Bush beans are the easiest to grow and the most common in home gardens. Pole beans must be supported so pods are off the ground and kept dry. There are many varieties that can be grown as green/snap beans and/or shell beans.

Beans are harvested in three different stages for cooking: they can be picked early when they are tender (green/snap beans); removed from fresh pods (shell beans); or left on the vine to dry (dried beans). Most bean varieties can be frozen and/or dried and stored for use throughout the year. Beans are a versatile vegetable and it’s no surprise that they are one of the most popular vegetables in home gardens.

For a selection of current magazines related to vegetable gardening (or any subject you can imagine!) check out our offerings from RB Digital.  You will need your current MPPL Library card number and PIN–then follow the instructions to get started.

If you need assistance with access or other questions, please contact us via Live Chat:; email:; or phone: 847-253-5675 or 224-210-5198 and leave a message–we’ll call you back.