One Seed Chicago & Seed Starting Workshop

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Voting is now open for One Seed Chicago 2011. If you're not familiar with One Seed Chicago, it is an urban greening project that puts up three seeds for a vote and allows Chicagoans to vote for their favorite seed. The seed that gets the most votes by 4/01/11 will be distributed for free to Chicagoan that voted. This year's candidates are eggplant, radish and chard. This year One Seed Chicago is encouraging backyard gardeners across Chicago to share the bounty of their gardens by cooking meals for family and friends featuring the candidates.

In the coming weeks One Seed Chicago will be publishing recipes from celebrity chefs in Chicago, foodie bloggers and Chicago garden bloggers at . If you're a gardener in Chicago they're encouraging you to blog about the One Seed Chicago project telling your readers who you're voting for and encouraging them to vote for their favorite candidate. There are graphics you can use for your blog post or buttons for your blog here. If you blog about One Seed Chicago 2011 send a Tweet to @OneSeedChicago or post a link to your post to the One Seed Chicago Facebook page.

Seed Starting Workshop.

The Wicker Park Garden Club is holding their annuals plant propagation workshop on Jan 8th. Here are the details of the workshop along with information on how to RSVP.

Saturday, January 8
10am - Noon or 1pm - 3pm
(Choose one of the two sessions)
Richard Tilley, Doug Wood, Denise Browning
Wicker Park Home – Address Given to Registered Students
RESERVATIONS - $15 – Limited Seating - 30 per class or (773) 278-9075
Pay at Door Cash or Check to WIcker Park Garden Club

"Winter is the time to think about what you'd like to grow next year. Take time to search web sites and catalogues to find something exciting either for your vegetable or ornamental gardens. The workshop covers the techniques of propagating plants from seeds and from other plants.
In the class you will learn techniques for starting seeds either inside under lights or outside in the garden. Richard Tilley will demonstrate how to create an inexpensive seed starting light set up, techniques and timetables for starting vegetable and annual seeds indoors, techniques of transplanting, growing on, and hardening off the young plants. We will discuss the time tables for growing vegetables from seed and how to you can extend your season with combination, repeat or periodic plantings. Doug Wood will discuss various techniques of starting ornamental perennials from seed (stratification, scarification, soaking), various timetables for these seed types, and discuss the options of starting these seeds inside or planting the seeds directly outside in the garden. In addition, he will discuss how to enhance the drama and extend seasonal color in your perennials beds by incorporating hardy and half-hardy annuals that you seed right in the beds. Denise and Richard will demonstrate techniques to propagate shrubs, annuals, and perennials from cuttings or from layering techniques.

RICHARD TILLEY grows thousands of vegetables and ornamental annuals in his growing rooms.

THE WICKER PARK GARDEN CLUB designs, funds and maintains 10,000 sq. ft of garden in Wicker Park - the Park - and produces an educational series for adults and children. The gardens are a Registered Community Gardens in the Parks Project in collaboration with the Chicago Park District. See "

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