Posts Tagged "garden"

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Rick Bayless Garden Tour

Rick Bayless Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful! Located on three adjacent city lots in Bucktown neighborhood, Rick Bayless’ private garden secretly grows organic lettuce, herbs, peppers and more organic for his local restaurants.   Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was...

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Urbio

Urbio

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It’s been a long time coming…the official reveal of our Urbio vertical garden! We bought the materials for this project in January, hung the components in February, and just a couple weeks ago, in honor of the first day of spring, finally planted it! There were two things we had to consider when deciding on plants for our garden – light and water. With our west facing windows, we get a ton...

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Herb Garden Update

Herb Garden Update

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It has been about a month and a half since I planted my windowsill herb garden so I thought I would give you guys an update as to how things are growing. My herbs are growing slowly but surely. March and April have been pretty cloudy in Chicago, and my window only gets direct sunlight during the morning hours before noon. Nevertheless things are growing, and you can actually start to see the herb...

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Quick Meatball Recipe

Quick Meatball Recipe

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All week I have had this strange craving for meatballs, I know, weird right? With meatballs on my mind, I set out to find an easy recipe that I could make a large batch of and freeze for meals to come. I came across this recipe in Diabetic Living magazine and modified it based on what I had available in the kitchen. Surprised at how tasty they turned out (considering I never cook meat and barely...

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Planting an Herb Garden

Planting an Herb Garden

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As spring grows near, I wanted to start my very first windowsill herb garden! I have never grown my own herbs and can barely keep my one inside plant alive, so this will surely be a challenge. Luckily the gardener at Whole Foods gave me some great tips to get me started. I can’t wait to have beautiful fresh herbs to cook with once summer arrives! I planted a variety of herbs including...

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Summer Fruit

Summer Fruit

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Can you believe it is already mid-August! Summer zipped by so quickly! As a tribute to summer, I put together a fresh summer fruit salad for breakfast. As the summer season sadly comes to an end we give one last hoorah to blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. But not to worry, the fall season brings in fun seasonal produce of its own including grapes, apples, pumpkins, and gourds! Enjoy...

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Purple Bell Peppers!

Purple Bell Peppers!

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I recently got my hands on some purple peppers from Whole Foods! I had never seen these before, they are totally new to me! From what I have read, they have green flesh on the inside and taste bitter and earthy like green bell peppers. Purple peppers are harvested before they mature into green peppers. And the green ones eventually ripen into red peppers! So depending on when you harvest a bell...

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Corn Earworms

Corn Earworms

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Fresh sweet corn is a top seller at summertime farmer’s market and boy is it delicious! However, one may not know that organic sweet corn, because it is not treated with harsh chemical insectisides, may contain corn earworms! I had no idea there was even such a thing until the gentleman at the farm stand simply pulled the husk away to show me that his corn had “a few earworms, its was...

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Growing Fruits with Vitamin A

Growing Fruits with Vitamin A

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These little guys were 50 cents a piece because its getting too late in the season to plant them in the garden. However, in the spirit of July’s Vitamin of the Month (Vitamin A), I just couldn’t pass them up! Cantaloupe requires moist soil and warm temperatures; they are to be planted in the spring to have time during the summer warmth to fruit and ripen (hence the bargin pricing in...