The perfect summertime dessert
July is just days away! How will you celebrate the long holiday weekend? How 'bout with fresh blueberries? A whole pail of 'em! They're in season right now, and they would taste delicious in the recipe we found for Blueberry-Basil Cupcakes, pulled from The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook. Find the recipe below, and bake your way into a juicy July. Continue Reading »
Plus, the top 10 underrated edibles
Growing some of your own food is an important way to stay healthy, create better communities, and preserve our planet. But it also can seem like a daunting task. You may not be up for tilling a big area for a vegetable garden or have the room to include a small orchard or berry planting. That's okay. The focus of the book Foodscaping, by Charlie Nardozzi is on creating a foodscape. Continue Reading »
Welcome to the Backyard, Mantids!
Many of us are all too familiar with garden pests and the damage they inflict on our favorite plants. We see evidence of their destruction during daily walks through the garden, whether it's rose leaves that have turned rusty from spider mites, the curled leaves of a spirea bush that is covered with aphids, or withered squash plants that have contracted bacterial wilt, a disease transmitted by voracious cucumber beetles. Of course, these and other pests that damage plants and spoil vegetables are the bane of many gardeners. And, when encountering the damaging effects of insects in the garden on a regular basis, it's easy to lose sight of how helpful some insects can be. But believe it or not, many insects actually provide beneficial services to gardeners. Continue Reading »
There's more than one way...
You've heard the expression, "There's more than one way to skin a cat," right? Well, there's more than one way to milk a cow, too. We learned about those ways in The Family Cow Handbook, by Philip Hasheider. Continue Reading »
It's National Pollinator Week!
It's National Pollinator Week! We're all a-buzz on the subject of friendly pollinators, and so we reached for Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum to educate ourselves on urban beekeeping. Read an excerpt below about keeping bees when you live in the city or within more metropolitan neighborhoods. Continue Reading »