gardening

Manicured gardens burst with simple beauty

Just one look and you can see the planning that went into the garden areas around Chris Steiner’s Flossmoor home. Ornamental trees and leafy hostas line the walkway. Rows of perennial plants are abundant but well maintained.

Native gardens an Illinois insects’ paradise

Heather Poppe’s native garden has grown over her 17 years of living in Homewood. Poppe, who works as a caregiver, said she loves growing her favorites — echinacea, milkweed, asters, goldenrod, liatris and Joe pye weed — from seed.

Local gardeners find useful guidance at Green Thumb Saturdays

Keeping lawns and gardens green and growing is full of challenges, from how to keep the soil healthy to how to effectively combat pests in an environmentally responsible way.  The village of Homewood provides help. Green Thumb Saturday is a monthly series of presentations on practical topics for developing and maintaining growing things.

In an upward garden, climbing vines bring visitors

With hanging plants and climbing vines, Steve Pesick’s yard is a magnet for visitors buzzing through. The upward natural spaces around the Homewood home draw in hummingbirds, butterflies and more happy insects. The Pesicks’ plantings follow the paths of the creatures that visit their yard.

Grow a great produce garden

It doesn’t matter how pretty the plant is, if Mary Buschmann can’t eat it, she’s not going to bother with it. The Flossmoor resident plants a produce garden every year, drawing ingredients for summer cooking and freezing vegetables to use all year long. In early March, Buschmann was still using up last year’s garden goodies, tomatoes from the freezer and carrots her husband, Joseph, had in the fridge since September.

 

Spring is here: Time to discover the joys and tasty rewards of food gardening

The calendar tells us spring is here! If you are toying with the idea of growing your own produce or expanding your existing garden, local gardening enthusiasts suggest you go for it, get your hands in the dirt and celebrate what grows in your garden.

Volunteers needed May 2 to help start the H-F organic garden

Bring your garden gloves and shovels to Homewood-Flossmoor High School between 9 a.m. and noon on May 2 and join three H-F students as they begin the community organic garden.

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