Our beautiful crops growing this year! We have corn, borage (edible flower), beans, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes and many others. These are not going to be just your ordinary crops, we have very special and unique varieties this season and are very excited to harvest them!

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See the beauty that has appeared at the Lake Forest Garden! These various types of flowers are adding charm and character to our space and bring a nice welcoming sight to any passerby.

And the garden season commences! Here interns Mariana and Sydney plant seed starts to be transplanted into the campus garden in a few weeks.

And the garden season commences! Here interns Mariana and Sydney plant seed starts to be transplanted into the campus garden in a few weeks.

Crocus vernis – the first thing to sprout in the Garden this 2014 season! 
Watch this space! Looking forward … 

Crocus vernis – the first thing to sprout in the Garden this 2014 season! 

Watch this space! Looking forward … 

vlaarlfc:

June 12, 2011

Strawberries!

In the garden our crop of strawberries were coming along quite nicely, until the squirrels invaded. I was lucky to have delighted in the one ripe strawberry that you see above before they ravaged the rest of the crop. There were so many on their way too!

Unfortunately squirrels are a reality we can’t do much about. It might be a good idea to invest in a net for other crops they might help themselves to - like tomatoes.

Ryan

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As the season gets under way, we are excited to see our asparagus and chives coming up again! Yum!
In the foreground you can also see our cheap method of drip irrigating: pop bottle drip irrigation. How thrifty!
-Liz

As the season gets under way, we are excited to see our asparagus and chives coming up again! Yum!

In the foreground you can also see our cheap method of drip irrigating: pop bottle drip irrigation. How thrifty!

-Liz

vlaarlfc:

July 10, 2011

Sandhill Organics

Claire and I took a field trip to Sandhill organics for their field day for a lesson in organic gardening. As we arrived there was a presentation going on about what CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) is and what the pro’s and con’s of having a CSA farm versus wholesale are. We then walked around a bit and got a few pointers on raised beds and stale bedding, how to use a tractor, and planting techniques. Later we took a tour of the farm on a trailer and saw the plethora of crops they have growing there. It was good o know that despite our late start, we aren’t that far behind the rest of the pack. ; )

Ryan

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July 10, 2011

Sandhill Organics

Claire and I took a field trip to Sandhill organics for their field day for a lesson in organic gardening. As we arrived there was a presentation going on about what CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) is and what the pro’s and con’s of having a CSA farm versus wholesale are. We then walked around a bit and got a few pointers on raised beds and stale bedding, how to use a tractor, and planting techniques. Later we took a tour of the farm on a trailer and saw the plethora of crops they have growing there. It was good o know that despite our late start, we aren’t that far behind the rest of the pack. ; )

Ryan

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July 6, 2011

Waukegan

We went to Waukegan to help Nada with the community garden they started on the lakefront up there. It was a beautiful day and we decided to plant sunflowers in a patch they had recently rototilled-but in a special way. We sequestered some cardboard boxes from a local grocery store and used newspaper to cover the patch. Then we wet the boxes and newspaper down, covered them with wood-chips, and punched holes in them where we added a sunflower seeds. This method keeps out weeds, recycles the cardboard and newspaper and keeps in moisture - all factors that will benefit the germinating sunflowers.

Ryan

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June 2, 2011

Hi Everyone,

This particular post is dedicated to the beautiful orchidaceae family. On our trip to the botanic garden to meet with Eliza, we stopped by the tropical greenhouse to look at some of the beautiful wonders hidden there. Among them were a variety of orchids, a plant family I take particular delight in. I snapped a few shots, but to do them any justice you would have to see them in person!

A little about the orchidaceae family (compliments of Glenn): 

The orchidaceae family is believed to be the largest of all the plant families and is certainly one of the most beautiful. We adorn our living spaces with a number of species and a well-kept orchid is splendor to see. Despite the diversity of this family, however, only two crops are used extensively by humans. The first, mentioned above, is an array of orchids prized for their flowers. The second is vanilla, a crop whose extract is utilized for its tantalizing smell and smooth taste by people worldwide.

More to come soon!

Ryan

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