Upcoming classes!

Flower Power (class) at Common Ground Food Co-op, Saturday, August 29th, 2-3 pm. $5 owner/ $10 non-owner In this workshop learn many benefits of growing flowers (good for bees, good for veggies, good for the environment, and good for you!). Participants will learn cut flower basics, plant seeds to tend…

bees and flowers

We know that flowers are good for bees. Bees feed on pollen and sweet nectar. But how are bees good for flowers? In the words of my partner, JP, "Bees are the way in which flowers make love." Sounds romantic eh? Bees are so fascinating. The statistic I've heard is…

a tradition of hope

Starting seeds is always one of my favorite springtime activities. Each seed contains so much potential. The activity of organizing all of these little containers, clearing space near sunny windows, and filling each cup with peat moss and potting soil is deeply gratifying. For the first time in several long…

springtime at last

Last Saturday (on the eve of spring equinox) I planted the first of our 2011 flower seeds outdoors. They are cold hardy varieties. Even though our central Illinois frost-free date isn't until May 12th these flowers should be able to survive below freezing temperatures. Bachelor's Button Black Boy and Love-In-A-Mist…