Mid-morning while out looking for butterflies, my spouse Kevin spotted an American Bald Eagle perched in a craggy tree in Jackson Park's Wooded Island, which is directly south of the Museum of Science and Industry.
I like to eat veggies I have grown myself year-round. That's why I'm planting more spinach, lettuces and radishes now in August to lengthen the good healthy eats I already have going -- those new potatoes I have been growing since mid-spring, and hearty curly kales, swiss chards, kohlrabis, brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Especially for urban gardeners like me who live in small spaces, worm composting (also called vermicomposting) is a productive, fun and doable way to divert biodegradable kitchen scraps away from a landfill and back into the soil in my garden, or on to my indoor plants as a top dressing.
Well, it's over now, what I have been building toward since the end of March. That's when my spouse Kevin and I began our run of heirloom veggie seeds, first in the dark germinating in peat pellets, then growing as seedlings under adjustable fluorescent lights in our basement.
I do throw away old "junk," but not much. I'm a saver, and of course that can take its toll, especially when your house isn't big enough to hold it all [...] What won't alter is how much I believe in leading a green, more sustainable lifestyle. That just makes sense.
My "big backyard" spreads across many topics, but lately it has become literal and green. Enter the season of pests. But, with me being a progressive-leaning tree hugger who won't annihilate pesky plant eaters with anything unfriendly to planet earth, I'm left with the slow and steady practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which requires work, repetition and patience.