Another Garden Success!

Posted September 15th, 2009 by Chris V.

A.J. reported his garden success to me in the form of his very large tomato plants. He is very proud of how full and sprawling they have grown and the tomatoes that he is harvesting. See a picture of A.J.’s tomatoes below and congrats to a great job. Afterall, the tomatoes don’t lie!

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Garden Successes!

Posted August 13th, 2009 by Chris V.

Many of you have been sharing happy stories about your garden successes this summer and I thought it would be a good idea to share them on the blog. This has been a strenuous past few months so focusing on achievements seems appropriate! So lets hear it! Please send me stories and your pics so [...]

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Snow in June

Posted June 25th, 2009 by Chris V.

Do I dare to make such a suggestion? Yet, a couple of weeks ago, the fluff was flying and coating everything just like snowflakes of so many winters. The culprit was Chicago’s ubiquitous cottonwood trees. These trees are members of the willow family and are at home in wet soil as well as compromised soil. [...]

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Plant Sale a Success!

Posted June 25th, 2009 by Chris V.

Just wanted to let you know that the plant sale was a great success and that I will be using the proceeds to purchase a number of things for the garden. Thank you to all who participated in the sale!! Whether buying plants or cookies, you contribution will help improve the garden. Among the more [...]

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Plant Sale ’09 – Herbs, Houseplants & Flowers (Annuals/Perennials)

Posted June 2nd, 2009 by Chris V.

Herbs Cinnamon Basil Genovese Basil Green Ruffles Basil Purple Opal Basil Thai Queen Basil Chamomile Make tea with the flowers by infusing flower heads in boiling water. Garlic Japanese Shiso/Red Perilla Pretty decorative plant also good with fish or in soup. Common in Japanese or vietnamese Cuban Oregano Succulent, soft, fuzzy green leaves. Grows profusely. [...]

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Plant Sale ’09 – Pepper List & Other Veggie/Fruit

Posted June 2nd, 2009 by Chris V.

Grown with the same amount of love and care as the tomatoes since late February of this year, this year’s pepper offering is full of many delicious sweet or hot possbilities. They come in two sizes – small and large. Not all types are available in all sizes. Other veggie/fruit plants are at the end [...]

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Plant Sale ’09 – Tomato List

Posted June 1st, 2009 by Chris V.

Lovingly and carefully home grown since early March/late February of this year, this year’s tomato offering is full of many delicious sweet or tangy possbilities. They come in three sizes – small, medium, premium sized (most mature). Not all types are available in all sizes. Tomatoes – Unless indicated all are indeterminate – they are [...]

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Plant Sale set for June 4th!

Posted May 27th, 2009 by Chris V.

I’ve updated the Events page with the plant sale announcement. It will be held on Thursday, June 4th in the CCAC parking lot. I will be posting a list of plant offerings later this week! If you have any questions, please email me at or comment on this post with your question and I [...]

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What’s with the fountain?

Posted May 20th, 2009 by Chris V.

By now you’ve probably noticed the fountain in the garden. You may be wondering why its not on. Well, I am in the process of narrowing down the reason. We replaced the electrical pump that came with the fountain with a solar powered pump. My best guess is that either the solar panel or the [...]

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Natural Weed Killer

Posted May 20th, 2009 by Chris V.

Its so good – you can almost eat it. Its also that safe. I just started using this recipe this spring. I tested it on one of the toughest to weed areas in the CCAC garden — the weeds between the pavers — and it worked very well. Since then I’ve shared the recipe with [...]

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