We’ve had an extremely long growing season this year. I had plants trying to come up in February? In Chicago? Yes! I recently stopped in at one of my favorite garden centers, Gethsemane, in Andersonville, and while chatting with a worker there, realized that yes, it is reload season. Annuals may be a little leggy [...]
A Little Bit About Gardening
Archive for August, 2012
My herbs are gigantic, so any idea I read or see concerning herbs sticks in my head. Latest and greatest is from 1,001 Ingenious Gardening Ideas, (page 204 if you’ve got the book). Harvest herbs of rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, and chive. Make sure all the herbs you harvest are between 5-8 inches in length. [...]
Making simple syrups with your herbs is very easy. Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water A handful of your favorite herb Lemon, or Peach (as I did above with the rosemary) Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan til sugar dissolves. Add a few squeezes of fresh lemon and herbs. Let cool, strain, [...]
The Lakefront Bike Trail in Chicago runs from the Southside to the Northside of Chicago, about 18.5 miles. One of the most noteworthy projects going on is the wildlife sanctuaries. These spots along the trail are wild with native prairie plant life for birds, insects, and butterflies to feed from and find shelter in.