Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Meeting

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet from 7 to 9 PM on Oct. 17 at (Note location change) the Downers Grove Fire House, 5420 Main St. for a program by Mike Nowak. Mike is a radio talk show host for 1590 am WCGO. His topic is “That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Tree!"

This is a return visit for Mike. A few years ago Mike presented his “Guys On Grass” program which was very entertaining as well as informative. More information regarding his presentation can be found at

All are welcome. Please spread the word!

Monday, August 27, 2018

September Harvest Fest

Bring your treats, samples, recipes, and gardening stories and questions to our Annual Harvest Fest at 7 PM Wednesday, September 19. We'll share what worked and what didn't this summer as well as gardening tips.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

June Meeting

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners will meet from 7 to 9 PM on June 20 at the Downers Grove Public Library for a program by Nancy Carroll, a former Art and English teacher, master gardener and member of the Hummingbird Society. 

Her presentation is titled “Grow and Go Green." Nancy will demonstrate how to re-purpose common objects, like stuff from our recycling bin, to make garden scoops, birdfeeders, etc. She will bring many examples plus handouts with some practical tips. 

DuPage Friends of Extension Fundraiser

The University of Illinois Extension provides many community programs on gardening and other topics, and maintains the Master Gardener program. The DuPage Friends of Extension help make sure these programs continue. The group's annual summer fundraiser, Brunch at Ball Gardens, in on July 21. Click here for more information.

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.)