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Last Snow of Winter at Fermilab Natural Areas

Nepese Marsh frozen with snowy butterfly weed fermilab

Winter has been hitting me hard. I spent a good portion of my morning whining about the additional 4 inches of snow the Chicagoland area got last night. Hopefully the last big snow for the season. I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder and have felt the darkness and cold weather as an oppressive […]

4 Easy Tips For Companion Planting For Your Garden

Ornamentals and Vegetables Living Together In Perfect Harmony

I live in a diversified, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic family. I love all our differences as much as I love our similarities, it seems to bring us all together in its own way. One day I  realized that my garden is similar to my family because I plant everything all mixed up together. I have determined that […]

Orchid Show Winter Display Makes Me Happy

Orchid Show Pink Orchid

Snow. I have had enough of it. Chicagoland still has over 12″ of snow on the ground with more snow expected soon. Sufferers of the dreaded Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are finding it very difficult to look outside the window. We need green and fresh air. We need a warmth and sunshine fix – NOW! […]

Front Lawn Vegetable Garden – How To Design

Front Lawn Vegetable Garden Design

In 2012 I laid out a sun-ray vegetable garden design which has become a very popular post (see photo right). It’s been so successful that I have decided to try different designs in this test garden every year. I’d like to encourage every day gardeners who want to have front lawn ornamental edible gardens to […]

10 Good Pollinator Plants To Mix With Pelargonium Geraniums

Red Geranium with Blue Door

When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother’s bold red geraniums as the highlight of her patio garden (the pelargonium type, not the perennial geranium). Sitting in tall containers, the red flowers were bold statements against the white, 100 year old farmhouse she called home. In the modern garden I often see them […]

Gardens Eye View Blog – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

Pollinator Fence Graffiti ExperimentPollinator Fence Graffiti Experiment

The Graffiti Experiment  continues in Winter! It is a project intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of displaying hate or negativity in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment […]

A Great Gardening Book by Dee Nash and a Contest

High Country Gardens Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden Photo

Dee Nash is a fabulous garden writer and a good garden friend. I first met her at a garden blogging event in Chicago in 2009  and we have been friends ever since (see her [above left] with Anneliese Valdes from Cobrahead [middle], and me); she is filled with an astounding amount of garden information and […]

Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Crockpot Minestrone Soup in Bowl

Winter is here. We need warm deliciousness and we need it fast. Try this Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe; it is a yummy, hot solution to a cold winter soul. I bought all the ingredients on sale, so the crockpot was chock full of vegetables for about $10. Regular price might make the dollar signs […]

Container Garden Tower Pyramid – How To Build It

Container Garden Tower Pyramid Vegetables

At the end of a pathway, just as it intersects my back patio, I have a giant empty space. Using my experience with taller container towers and a  shorter container garden tower which I built in the past, I decided to expand on the creative container idea and fill that problematic empty space with ::drumroll […]

Militant Gardening – Defending Against the Pest Hoards

Militant Gardening

“How can I defend against garden pests?” I get that question a lot. Living in the Chicagoland area means defending my garden against deer, skunks, opossum, raccoons, voles, moles, mice, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, insects, and birds. It’s war. And it’s not pretty. Spraying chemical insecticide’s in my organic garden is not the preferred approach. I […]