Posts Categorized: Learning

Milkweed Cosmos

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Milkweed cosmos: A colony of milkweed is almost its own world.  Most of us have planted milkweed to attract and support the Monarch butterfly, but eventually the other insects that are dependent on it find our milkweed patches.   On the one hand, these bugs are just doing what they’re supposed to be doing–living off… Read more »

Power of Native Plants

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Are you new to native plants and not sure why they’re important?  This infographic can help get you started: 

Rethinking Spring Clean-up

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Hold your rake!  Clearing out your garden can backfire–you are removing the building blocks of soil and harming if not destroying beneficial insects that found a safe place in your garden during the winter.  You can learn more about some of these animals in this post: What’s in a Leaf Pile.   Read the below… Read more »

Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden for Winter

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Quick Tips to Tidy the Habitat Garden We understand the difficult balance there can be between having a presentable garden and being ecologically friendly.  Although we tend to keep our own gardens through the winter, we still do a little trimming and thinning here and there.  Below are some of the strategies we use: If… Read more »

Green Guides: Native Gardens

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Green Guides Native Gardens Your garden can be attractive aesthetically and ecologically when you use native plants.  You can incorporate native plants into an existing garden, or you can create a garden from scratch. Below are the 4 steps to a native garden: Understand your site and select appropriate plants.  You need to know the… Read more »

Top 10 Native Plants for Full Sun

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Top 10 Native Plants from West Cook Wild Ones   West Cook Wild Ones has created the following list to help out anyone who is new to native plants and is unsure of where to begin their efforts.  Below is a list of plants that we have found easy to grow (as long as they… Read more »

Deer Resistant Plants

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Deer Resistant Plants We’ve been asked a few times about deer-resistant plants, and we’ve done some research and have compiled the below list sorted by sun requirements. To assemble the document we cross-referenced from different sources that report these native plants as being deer resistant.  Sources include personal experiences from prairie restorationists, Prairie Moon Nursery,… Read more »

Start-up Guide for Native Gardens in West Cook County

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Native Gardening Basics There are many ways to start using native plants in your garden. You can start to incorporate native plants into your existing landscape – or – you can start completely from scratch. First, make an assessment of the environmental conditions (shady or sunny, drainage, soil types, irrigation, etc.). Also, make an inventory… Read more »

Get your yard ready for monarch migration

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          What kind of milkweed do you have?  You can still plant milkweed, just keep it watered.   If you can, it would be great to plant more milkweed for next year, and you can sow seeds now—they’ll stay dormant until after winter/spring.  Some patches of milkweed (and different kinds is… Read more »