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!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February Meeting Update

The speaker planned for our Feb. 21 meeting, Denise Sandoval, was going to discuss the benefits of native plants. Unfortunately, Denise had to cancel and she may speak to our club at a later date. Those attending our meeting will be shown a video that focuses on the topics Denise was going to discuss, showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival of local ecosystems.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February Meeting

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet at 7 PM Wednesday, Feb. 21  at the Downers Grove Public Library at 1050 Curtiss Street (first floor meeting room). 

Denise Sandoval will discuss the benefits of native plants: low maintenance, drought tolerant, naturally beautiful and attractive to birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Planting a wide selection of natives can also produce a yard that has something blooming during the entire growing season. 

Denise is an environmental landscape designer, business owner at Good Natured Landscapes and member of Wild Ones who is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge. Please share this message with your gardening friends and encourage them to attend this meeting with you.

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 our blog on the right-hand column.