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You need drama in your life?

Date: 
07/23/2017
StickInToIt

Perhaps living in the United States, state of Illinois, county of Cook and city of Chicago is not dramatic enough for you.

Recycling

No goats but several sites: Recycling Christmas trees

Date: 
01/02/2017
GoatEasing

While feeding your Christmas tree to a goat in Chicago is not as possible as in Fariboult, MN, what is possible is recycling it responsibly through the City and the Chicago Park District between January 3 and 21.

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Recipes

Learn the Art of Assembly from Chef Susan Goss

Date: 
04/22/2013
AsperWrapped

As a professional chef, one of my skills is recipe writing. A restaurant needs standardized recipes in order to turn out consistent food day after day, but at home I am more of an assembler. 

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Thanksgiving Warning

Beware the flaming turkey!

Date: 
11/20/2017
FlamingTurkey

More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year according, to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In 2015, fire

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Animal News

Two dogs take top honors at Jackson Junge's Tricks for Treats

Date: 
11/02/2017
BestOfShowDarla

Canines ruled at Tricks for Treats doggie costume contest at Jackson Junge Gallery (JJ2), 1389 N. Milwaukee, in Wicker Park, on Saturday. 

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Purchasing new energy efficient appliances may put federal tax credits and dollars in your pocket

Date: 
02/16/2010

Federal tax credits, the State of Illinois Recovery Act Rebate and Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program rebates are available for energy efficiency, reducing initial costs and monthly energy bills.

Federal tax credits
Included in these incentives for existing homes used as principal residences are biomass stoves; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; insulation; roofs; water heaters (non-solar); and windows and doors. They are scheduled for a credit of 30% of cost for up to $1500 thru Dec. 31, 2010.

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The English Gardener

How to grow tomatoes

Date: 
04/14/2013
fourthJuly

One of the most popular vegetables to grow is the tomato.

Don't throw them away..recycle the Amaryllis for next year!

Date: 
01/14/2013
apple blossom

Now that Christmas is over and the decorations are coming down, it is time to consider what to do with the amaryllis you purchased or received as a gift.

Grow your own garlic…it's easy

Date: 
07/07/2012
Garlic

Garlic is an easy crop to grow and requires little space and it tastes so good. In Chicago it is best planted late September or early October.

Clean up but don't plant out

Date: 
03/15/2012
RTRakes

Hello gardeners!

During this early warm spell it gives us a chance to get out and clean up the debris left over from winter's ravages.

All the old dead annuals that were not pulled out in the fall should be cleaned out now. The ornamental grasses need to be cut down before they start growing and dead stems on perennials removed. Clean up the ground too and rake it.

Hydrangeas: hardy shrubs that add beauty to your garden

Date: 
10/07/2011
LimeHydrangHydrangea are hardy shrubs that will add beauty to any garden. They are easy to grow and do not require a lot of attention.

An unexpected crop

Date: 
08/17/2011
Mushrooms1

During the night between Tues., Aug. 16 and Wed. Aug. 17 a mysterious crop arose in one section of my lawn.

It was a crop of mushrooms. Why? I do not know. They did not appear anywhere else in the garden.

Dahlias are beautiful and can be good for you

Date: 
04/05/2011
Dahlia

The beauty and medicinal purposes of the Dahlia goes back in history to the 1600s but it was named after Anders Dahl (1751-1789), a Swedish botanist. In 1963 it was declared the national flower of Mexico.  For your garden, it can produce a profusion of color from a variety of sizes and shapes.

Cactus a bloom for many seasons…Thanksgiving thru Easter

Date: 
02/09/2011
OrangeChristmas

Although Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter cacti are called cactus they are not a true desert cactus.

Brugmansia (Angels Trumpets)

Date: 
09/09/2010
PinkBrugmansia

If you want to make a spectacular show on your patio, there is nothing to beat a couple of Brugmansia (Angels Trumpet) plants. In their native habitat they can grow to be a tree up to twenty feet tall. But, they won't get to this size in Chicago.

Hardy Hibiscus - Rose Mallow

Date: 
08/04/2010
LordBaltimoreStalk

 

Although these plants go under the name of Hardy Hibiscus they are not a true hibiscus but part of the mallow family although the flowers certainly look like hibiscus.

Keep your plants flowering all summer

Date: 
06/22/2010
DragonWings

By now you probably have all your bedding plants in the ground and are enjoying the colorful displays and want to keep the show all summer until the frost. There is a secret to this and it is called "Deadheading."

Get an early start on your vegetables

Date: 
04/30/2010
WallofWater

 

Many vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant cannot be planted in the garden until after all danger of frost has passed. It is possible, however, to get an early start using plastic structures called Wall O Waters.

Wicker Park Garden Club Tool Sharpening Workshop a success

Date: 
04/07/2010
EnglishGardenerSharpensShovel

Response to the recent Wicker Park Garden Club's annual tool sharpening workshop was so great that it had to be divided into two classes. My basement workshop could not cope with many more than ten at a time.

March 2010

Date: 
03/11/2010
Snowdrops

Winter is slowly loosening its grip on the garden and the snow is starting to recede. Where the snow has gone there are already signs of spring, the muscari (Grape Hyacinth) bulbs are showing their green shoots, and will soon be a sea of blue. The snowdrops are showing white and these are the earliest to bloom. In some spots the daffodils are beginning to emerge, all signs of better days to come.

Recycle your amaryllis

Date: 
01/23/2010
AmaryllisInBloom

Many of you received or purchased amaryllis flowers during the holiday season. Unfortunately many of these get discarded after they have finished flowering. This is a shame for with a little care, they will bloom for many years. I personally have flowering bulbs which are well over ten years old.

On Gardening

Plant your way into summer and support the Wicker Park Plant Sale

Date: 
05/11/2017
WPPlants

It may be difficult to tell from the cool weather that spring has arrived, but our perennial plants know it. Leaves are breaking out and flowers sprouting for weeks now.

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Wicker Park Plant Sale: perfect for 2016 gardens and Mother's Day gifts

Date: 
05/07/2016
GrwngSpac

Hanging baskets, flowering annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables and cacti are all at the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen, ready for Wicker Park Garden Club's (WPGC) Annual Plant Sale, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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