2017 Plant Sale List...

Our seedlings are grown locally this year by Montalbano Farms. All seedlings are certified organic and chosen to perform well in our Midwestern climate. We’re bringing back our best-selling heirloom favorites, as well as specially-selected disease-resistant varieties! Voted best local...

Seed Starting Tips

If you’ve ever seen a volunteer tomato, dill or squash seedling pop up unexpectedly in your garden plot, you may think that starting seeds is as easy as dropping them in the soil and waiting. And it is – given the right temperature, moisture, soil, and passage of time. But getting...

Starting Onions from...

Although onions may seem like a fairly cheap “staple” vegetable not worthy of a spot in the urban garden, the truth is- they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Onions have few pests/diseases in our area and they require little maintenance other than watering to yield...

It’s time to s...

Although it’s way too early to start tomato, and even broccoli seeds indoors in Chicago, it is the right time to start other edibles like celeriac and globe artichokes. Globe artichokes (not to be confused with Jerusalem artichokes) are a perennial plant in warmer climates (zones 7-10),...

De-Mystifying Seed C...

For some enthusiastic gardeners, the seed catalog is a giant wish list, with nearly every seed variety circled, regardless of the size of the vegetable garden they’ll be planted in! But for others, the array of tomato varieties, mysterious codes and symbols next to plant names, and figuring...