Edible Plants

March 22, 2014

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.

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