Life finds a way, even in a newly seeded backyard vegetable garden, which, after a huge rainfall, more closely resembled a pond. Before the deluge, several "tough little" radish and beet seeds, germinated in an Oak Park raised bed, were planted during Richard Kordesh and Maureen Staub Kordesh's mid-April Sugar Beet Cooperative backyard membership coffee.
As Sandy Lentz settles into being a newly elected member of the Park District of Oak Park board, back on her 800 block of north Humphrey, this spring, summer and fall her garden will be calling her home.
As a girl growing up in rural Wisconsin, Tara Schaafsma, 39, loved gathering edible berries from a nearby woods, and harvesting flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables from her parents' large backyard gardens.
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.