Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

50th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk
On July 20, from noon to 5 p.m., the 50th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk will showcase over 20 of Chicago's Gold Coast residential gardens. This is a great opportunity to get ideas for your own landscape while enjoying live music and guided architectural tours of Dearborn Street. To order tickets, call (312) 632-1241; or go to: http://www.dearborngardenwalk.com/.

Books

Bio-Intensive Gardening
The title says it all: How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. This book by John Jeavons (Ten Speed Press, 1991; out of print but used copies available online) has been around for years but it's still limitless in its advice. The essence is the French bio-intensive gardening system, in which the soil is prepared to receive plants that grow close together in a perfect balance. If you haven't read it and you grow vegetables, it's worth a late-night read even if you don't carry it out to the garden.

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