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Morton Arboretum 8 Replies

Are any of you planning on vending or teaching this October at Morton Arboretum?  If so, what week ends and what classes are you planning?

Tags: October, Chicago, MA, Arboretum, Morton

Started by Liz Drake. Last reply by Bonnie Adams Jun 27, 2010.

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Comment by Marcia Fox on June 15, 2010 at 10:34am
Rain, rain, rain, here also in northwest Illinois. Yes, the weeds are growing. Hopefully it will dry up and I can get outside and work in the yard.
Comment by Liz Drake on June 15, 2010 at 4:53am
Sure will be fun to see what volunteered!
Comment by Judy Herring on June 14, 2010 at 8:07pm
I started my batch of gourd seeds April 1st. The Egg gourds sprouted first. All the other seeds took quite along time to sprout. Some of them lived thru the transplant. Gourds are really touchy when you replant them outside. I had a few that were dug up by some animal. I accused the squirrels. I had alot of volunteer gourds from last year. I don't know where the seeds came from because I picked all of the gourds last time and dried them in a shed. The volunteers are growing really well (along with the weeds). We are getting so much rain that I will have my work cut out for me when it dries up enough for me to get out there and weed.
Comment by Marcia Fox on June 14, 2010 at 5:33pm
I planted my first batch of gourds inside and they took off great, until I replanted them outside and either the birds or rabbits got them. So started all over with just seeds and fencing and they have really taken off again, the seeds turned out much better than the indoor plants.
Comment by Bonnie Adams on March 24, 2010 at 5:13am
Would that be a rain stick in a contemporary design???
Comment by Liz Drake on March 23, 2010 at 7:54pm
What pray tell is a contemporary talking stick?
Comment by Karen L. Caldwell on March 23, 2010 at 4:55pm
Liz, If there is space I will be teaching on 2nd and 4th weekends, life journey vessel, contemporary talking stick, Asian vessel.
Comment by Beverly Ann Notaro on February 26, 2010 at 11:01am
I usually wait till the very end of March or very early april to start my gourd seeds. I put mine outside during the day even b4 the last day of frost to start hardening them off. By the first day of the last frost they'll have at least their 2nd set of leaves (if not more) and are ready to go. I'm all psyched up too! Diane, I wouldn't start them inside just yet. If started to early, they tend to get very "leggy" and fragile. What I do when I start gettign antsy to plant, I'll make a bunch of newspaper pots and get a few mini blind slats cut and prepared (I use these to mark the type of seed that is planted in the pots by just writing what it is on each.)
Comment by Bonnie Adams on February 26, 2010 at 9:41am
Wait until a few weeks before Mother's Day to start your seeds indoors! Last chance of frost in most of IL is around the 1st of May but pay attention to the Farmers Almanac and the weatherman to be sure. The soil temp should be around 50 degrees before planting outside which is generally around Mother's Day.
Comment by Diane Simpkins on February 26, 2010 at 8:03am
Hi, I'm also anxious for spring to start planting gourd seeds. Does anyone know if it's too early to start some of them inside?

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