In The Garden

Plentiful Pollinators

I designed our Community Garden pollinator beds. Take a look and see what plants you might be able to include in your garden beds this Spring.

At Long Last – Summer !!

Summer became official here June 21st, and it looks like Mother Nature got the memo because we finally have warmer temps here in Illinois. The gardens here are actually still recovering from a rough winter, followed by a pretty brutal Spring. ROUGH WEATHER IS ROUGH ON THE GARDEN  We started the new year with a […]

Recipe for a Fall Apple, Carrot and Coconut Soup

A vegan soup recipe even meat eaters will like, just in time for your Thanksgiving Table.

Slow Cooker Applesauce from the Windy City

Mother Nature has taken her time, but the cold has finally settled in here in the Chicago area.  Lucky for us the change in seasons has come slowly because the apple festivals and farmer’s markets have been a lot more fun. Shopping outside in the cold rain just makes everyone miserable. We bought a huge […]

Summer Break in a Shakespeare Garden

Summer means its time for Shakespeare under the Stars and in the Garden at Moraine Valley Community

June Blooms are Worth the Wait!

Like what you See? Well you too can have a yard full of color that blooms year after year after year.  This photo was taken 2 weeks ago just before the official opening of summer, June 21st.  The highlights of this photo are the flowering bush in the center, Little Henry, and the perennials book […]

So Many Plants, So Little Time

Like most gardeners in the Midwest I have been waiting, and waiting and waiting for the cold damp rainy, even freezy, Spring to give way to a more mild mannered, happy to be here, Spring. Finally we have it! So it’s been a mad dash to get the goods in the gardens.  That doesn’t mean […]

Before & a Whole Lotta Afters of a Brand New Garden

This new front yard garden was put in last month, when it was still pretty cold and wet. This front yard was a soggy, sloping mess. With Sun on one side and Shade on the other, the homeowner was at a loss, and frankly frustrated.  Once we got started planning her inner designer came out […]

Spring in to . . . Summer

We are well in to Spring now, finally!! By now most of us have cleaned up the garden,  put in some annuals, started our veggie gardens, and maybe even trimmed a bush or two.  If you haven’t had enough fun yet, you can now work on designs for that spot you’ve been eyeing since last […]