4th Annual Plant Sale June 1st, 2011!!!

Posted May 31st, 2011 by Chris V.

The following is a partial list of plants that I will sell at the CCAC 4th Annual Plant Sale. The sale will be on Wednesday, June 1st from 10am until 6pm. Quantities are limited. Please let me know if there’s anything you really have to have. Email questions to chris@intelligentlight.com

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Praying Mantis Sighted!!

Posted May 31st, 2011 by Chris V.

Just a quick message to posting that yesterday (Monday) I saw the first of our newest babies in the garden — a praying mantis just barely an inch long. As many of you know, at maturity they reach at least 3″ long if not longer. So be on the lookout and pass out the cigars [...]

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Gardening in 2011

Posted May 29th, 2011 by Chris V.

Wow, has a year passed since last year’s plant sales??? So much happened in the garden in the interim. Let’s review…. (cue flashback music) The second plant sale was held on June 16 and was followed by a torrential downpour. Luckily The night crew of our Chicago’s Finest along with CCAC staff were on hand [...]

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Plant Sale 2010!!!

Posted May 19th, 2010 by Chris V.

The following is a list of plants that I will sell at the CCAC 3rd Annual Plant Sale PART 1. Why Part 1? There are two sales this year…I will only sell vegetable plants on May 26 and on June16 I will be selling ornamental plants including vines and houseplants. Here is what will be [...]

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Plant Sale Announcement!

Posted May 18th, 2010 by Chris V.

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2010 Garden Goals

Posted March 30th, 2010 by Chris V.

It looks like this week just might bring up more hints of Spring. With that in mind, I thought that I would share the goals for the 2010 growing season in the Garden. Vine Garden The highest priority continues to be the acquisition of wood for the construction of the large container for the new [...]

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Snowy Spring Salutations!

Posted March 20th, 2010 by Chris V.

First a howling blizzard woke us, Then the rain came down to soak us, And now before the eye can focus – Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers Today, March 20, 2010 at 12:32 p.m. Central Daily Time, marks the spring equinox which, astronomically speaking, marks the moment when the center of the sun’s disk appears directly overhead [...]

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Plant Sale Preview 2010

Posted February 16th, 2010 by Chris V.

Now is the time for all good gardeners to purchase, plan and/or begin planting their seeds for the upcoming growing season. This process also gives us hope that in these long, cold days of late winter, spring is on its way bringing with it, warmth and renewed hope for the growing season. I am in [...]

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Autumn 2009

Posted November 17th, 2009 by Chris V.

As you may have noticed, the CCAC children’s garden has been closed for the season. This entails cutting back dormant perennials, digging in (temporarily planting) perennial vines that are earmarked for the upcoming vine garden,and tying back the ornamental grasses to maintain some height in the garden for ‘winter interest’. The fountain has been drained [...]

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2009 Year of the Tomato – not so much

Posted September 22nd, 2009 by Chris V.

I know that I’ve posted about garden successes with tomatoes, however, this growing season was definitely not a consistent one in the Chicago area. Many gardens, including the CCAC garden, had tomato plants that were slow to grow and produce and, once they had produced, the fruit took long to ripen.  However, don’t be quick [...]

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