June 4th through June 10th is National Garden Week. Celebrate by dropping in and taking a look at our gardening books and seed library! If you don’t have space for a garden outside then check out the University of Illinois’ tips on container gardening: http://extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/
With the weather finally warming up we have started to think about gardening! Have you ever wanted to start a vegetable garden? The University of Illinois created a chart with suggested times to plant vegetable gardens:
Planting Dates for Chicago
|Vegetable||Plant Seeds Indoors||Transplant Into Garden|
|Broccoli||March 10 – March 25||April 15 – May 10|
|Cabbage||March 25 – April 5||May 1 – May 25|
|Cauliflower||March 25 – April 5||May 1 – May 25|
|Eggplant||April 5 – April 20||May 20 – June 10|
|Herbs||April 1 – April 15||May 1 – June 10|
|Lettuce||March 25 – April 5||May 1 – May 25|
|Muskmelon||April 25 – May 5||May 20 – June 15|
|Pepper||April 5 – April 20||May 20 – June 10|
|Tomato||April 20 – May 1||May 20 – June 15|
|Watermelon||April 25 – May 5||May 20 – June 15|
This is our new friend, Edna.
Her hobbies include reading, exploring, and watching the latest Disney movie with a big bucket of popcorn. Her most favorite activity is learning about science and experimenting with ideas.
Edna’s latest area of interest is gardening. She loves the smell of flowers and enjoys eating lots of different fruits and vegetables- except for Lima beans! She would really like to have her own garden, but she’s not very good at keeping even a cactus alive!
Lately, she has been reading about a different way of growing plants called, hydroponics. Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without soil. How can this be? Edna always thought that soil was needed to make plants grow! Technically plants need soil for its nutrients and as support system for its roots to hang on to. SO…if you put the nutrients that the plant needs right into the water and if you have something to support the plant and its roots, the plant won’t need the soil. It’s very scientific and Edna needs to do some more research.
Watch this fun video to learn more!