Edible Plants

March 21, 2014 9:08:29 AM PDT
Now that it's finally spring, it's time to get back in touch with nature and revamp your diet. How about combing that with edible plants?

Nina Koziol, instructor, Morton Arboretum, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to show us how to plant your own food, no matter if you have a garden or live in an apartment. You can also learn more at Edible Garden Workshops at the Morton Arboretum.

Nina's Tips:

Three seasons to plant edibles, span March through July:

  • Cool season crops (radishes, lettuce): plant in early April
  • Warm season crops (tomatoes, squash): after May 15
  • Cool season crops again: late July
  • Protect your plants: row covers, organic pest control

Edible Gardening Workshops

Saturday, March 22: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, Saturday, April 5, Saturday, April 26: 9:30 a.m. to noon

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Rte. 53

$35 members, $43 nonmembers

Food and Foliage: Creative Design Ideas

Saturday, March 22, 2-4:30 p.m.
Karen Chapman, Le Jardinet garden designer and author of "Fine Foliage," will explore new ideas for growing edible plants.

Beauty and Bounty: Designing Organic Edible Landscapes

Saturday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn to design an edible landscape with vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers as your landscape materials.

Growing Formal and Productive Kitchen Gardens

Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn what design elements make up a potager garden and get real-world tips for kitchen garden success.

Flavorful Landscapes with Limited Time, Space and Budget

Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Melinda Myers, gardening expert, TV/radio host, author, and columnist, will show how to increase the nutritional value and beauty of your landscape by incorporating attractive fruits and vegetables into the plan.