Seed Saving

Fermenting Tomato seeds. Photo – John Porter. source:

If you received seeds from Edible Evanston’s seed swap in the spring, you can save seeds from the vegetables you grew! Choose to save the seeds from your healthiest, best producing plants. Before you go to the effort of saving seeds from your annuals, here are some questions to ask:

Food preservation

"Pickling" tomatoes, zuchinni pickles and cucumbersTomatoes and cukes … oh my!

Now that we have all these beautiful tomatoes and nearly perfect cucumbers, what are we supposed to do with them? Have you already given your neighbors as many as they will take? Do you make your weekly contributions to the Food Pantries?

Evanston estimated planting dates for fall crops

It's only the beginning of August, but time is wasting for sowing seeds now to harvest greens and other vegetables up to—and after—frost. Below is a customized version of a useful calculator provided by Johnny's Selected Seeds available here. We've customized it for Evanston, broken out the seed starting and planting out dates, and then sorted it by seed starting date.

School Children Learn to Grow and Donate

Last year, Edible Evanston donated growing systems to elementary schools in Evanston to support their gardening curriculum. In a program where 5th graders mentored kindergartners in gardening fundamentals, Kingsley Elementary set up their grow-station in the lobby for everyone to see and was able to donate 30 tomato and pepper plants to the The Talking Farm for their seedling sale. Lincoln Elementary choose to use their art room for their grow station. Students in every class there got to check on the growth during art class and they donated over 70 plants to the farm's sale.

Rabbits: Cute or Cruel?

by Laura Bradley, master gardener

You can generally tell if someone is a gardener or not by the way they react to rabbits. If you are outside with someone and they say, "Look at the cute bunny!" chances are they have never woken up to evaporated lettuce, mowed down tulips, or nibbled tomatoes. These admittedly adorable mammals seem to be especially pesky and prolific in Evanston. I am asked for a rabbit solution that is legal and humane at least once a week during the growing season.

Spring Garden Preparation

If 2014 will be your first garden or your fiftieth, you have the luxury of looking at your space and determining the best place available in your yard, balcony, or windowsill to grow the garden you want. You may have already planned out what you want to grow, now you need to find the right place to set yourself up for success. The three most important considerations for where to place your garden are: