Category Archives: Gardening/Landscaping

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Backyarding Is The New Trend for 2022

     “Backyarding,” the new trend to move many indoor activities–from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation–to the great outdoors, is growing. Under pandemic conditions, yards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones/holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising, relaxing.        Here are some ways…

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Annual Spring “Wake Up The Gardens” – Michigan City

     Friendship Botanic Gardens will be hosting its annual “Wake Up the Gardens” Volunteer Day on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Central.       Volunteers are needed to assist with the spring cleanup and prepare the grounds for the Gardens’ season opening on Sat., May 1. The Gardens are primarily a…

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Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale – Order Only

Due to the continued Covid restrictions, the 2021 Native Plant Sale is by order only. The Order Forms are available for printing at the Friends’ website (dunefriends.org) or from a link on our Facebook page.  Paper copies of the 25th Annual Native Plant Sale Order Form are available at the State Park Office and Nature…

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How To Grow a Hydroponic Vegetable Garden

How To Grow a Hydroponic Vegetable Garden

Loving gardening is an all-year affair, so why should your green thumb rest during the winter? If your desire for fresh produce and organic vegetables stays strong even during the off-season, it might be time to consider starting a hydroponic garden. Indoors hydroponic gardens are especially useful for harsh Midwestern winters, which don’t provide healthy…

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The Gardens at the Historic Collier Lodge, Kankakee

Fall is here and the farmers are busy bringing in their crops. Kankakee Historical Society volunteers Cindy Deardorff and Judy Judge have been harvesting and gathering seeds from the Collier Lodge gardens too. The three sister’s garden and native plant medicine wheel garden did fairly well considering the hot dry summer we had. Cindy and…

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3 Key Reasons You Should Take Up Hydroponics

3 Key Reasons You Should Take Up Hydroponics

Striving for a green thumb but still coming up short? Maybe it’s time to change up your gardening methods. If you’ve been using traditional gardening methods, then switching to something different may be your best bet. Rather than sticking with sub-par yields and tons of weeds, switch over to the world of hydroponics. Rather than…

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Gardening Landscaping Tips

More In-Depth Articles with Gardening Tips   Must-Have Tools for Spring Gardening and Landscaping Now that the temperatures are starting to rise and the snow is melting in many areas of the Midwest, homeowners and landscapers are looking forward to getting outside. If you’re excited to get back to gardening and landscaping this spring, make sure…

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Is Your Outdoor Living Space Summer Ready?

Summer has arrived!    Now is the perfect time to identify and address damage to trees and plants that could cause issues later.  The experts at Monster Tree Service are available to ensure you are protected from potential damage to your home and property.   Go outside!  You can use time typically spent commuting to identify potential…

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Native Garden & Medicinal Garden Growing

     This is the third year of our Kankakee Valley Historical Society Native Gardens project. Cindy Deardorff and Judy Judge are core of our Native Gardens committee. Last week Cindy and Judy began planting of the Three Sisters garden. A Native American Three Sisters Vegetable Garden consists of corn, squash, and beans.    …

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The Greenhouse of East Chicago

Visit East Chicago’s Greenhouse and step into one of the city’s hidden treasures.      Come and experience the tranquility and oxygen rich air that only the greenhouse can offer. Here you will find rooms filled with various tropical plants and fruit trees.  The greenhouse is open year round and admission is free.     …

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