Friday, May 11, 2018

Organic Wisdom:What is Organic Gardening?

 “Organic Garden Wisdom” will be published monthly and will also appear on the blog and on the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners' Facebook page. Please feel free to share this information.

Gardening the natural way or the organic way is working in harmony with nature because nature is our best model. Organic gardeners realize that we co exist with nature rather than compete with nature, and so we avoid synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. We amend our soil with decomposed leaves and compost and allow the fungi and bacteria already present in the soil to do their job of further decomposing and adding nutrients to that soil.

We embrace the organic approach not only for our health, but also the health of our soil and the health of the environment. That means more birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, native plants, pollinators, flowers, vines, and our own home grown healthy food. That also means fresher air and a tremendous feeling of satisfaction knowing that we are doing our part for a healthy lifestyle of all living things.

~ Roberta Muehlhaus

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Organic Wisdom: Paper Pots for Seed Starting

I don't grow many veggies. However I've gotten involved with a few neighbors who reserved extra Mar-Duke community plots to plant veggies, just to donate to food pantries.  The organizer of it starts seeds and he reuses a variety of containers. 

When he asked me to take care of the eggplants I suggested using starter pots made from newspaper or toilet paper rolls.  If you grow one seedling in each, you can probably just plant the pot with the plant. Worst case, the paper pot can go into the ground nearby or compost pile.

Below are links for 2 videos. I opted for the newspaper method. (It became easier to make them as I cut multiple layers of paper & folded them instead of marking each with a marker.  I put a small piece of tape on the bottom because I made them ahead of time. Kept them together better.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lazy? Just Taking Your Time...

Thanks to Cindy Tyley of Carriage House Designs for showing us tips for the lazy gardener at our March meeting.

Watch here, your e-mail, or our Facebook page for info on our April meeting.

And if you have not yet volunteered for our May 5 Plant Sale, contact Roberta at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Meeting

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet from 7 to 9 PM on March 21 at the Downers Grove Public Library (first floor children’s meeting room), for a program by landscape designer Cindy Tyley of Carriage House Designs on Tips for the Lazy Gardener. Discover useful ways to save time, energy and money while gardening. This show-and-tell presentation demonstrates tips for gardening throughout the year.

A reminder—It’s time to renew your membership if you haven’t done this. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families. There will be forms at the meeting, or you can find one on the right side of this blog.

Darien Garden Club Spring Inspiration

We had a great time at the Darien Garden Club's Spring Inspiration Event on March 10.

Wild Ones Meeting March 15

Wild Ones will meet at the Dowers Grove Public Library on March 15 from 7 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Cindy Crosby, who is a member of the Wild Ones, a freelance writer and editor, a natural history instructor, and steward supervisor at the Morton Arboretum, will host an imaginary tour through the Tallgrass Prairie. Whether you are just learning about our iconic prairie landscape or have years of experience identifying native plants and replicating their habitat in your own yard, you will enjoy new discoveries in this presentation. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the Cindy.

All are welcome!