Beginning…. to …. well, almost the end………

We still need to add a tree, and divert the downspout to the rain garden, & also add a rain barrel. The hard work was done by Let’s Go Chicago’s participants!

CNT-West Garden – almost ready for plants

Center for Neighborhood Technology’s new garden on Western Avenue is almost ready for plants. Most of the hardscape work is done. Some work is still required to get the pergola finished.  Plants should arrive this week and will be installed this weekend by Chicago Conservation Corps!

It is about time….. or perhaps it is a revolution?

What do you wish you could find out quickly from your mobile phone? There is an effort in Chicago supporting the development of these apps. See the excerpt below: “Four governmental agencies. Over 175 data sets. $50,000 in awards. Real time technical assistance. Connecting communities with software developers. The Apps for Metro Chicago, IL competitionContinue reading “It is about time….. or perhaps it is a revolution?”

Green Infrastructure! ….in progress

I have a project underway. I was able to admire my green infrastructure during last night’s rain. What a thing of beauty – the water travels out the downspout and to the raingarden area.  In spite of the shady location and very gluey black clay, the water infiltrates quite quickly – thank you honeylocust tree!Continue reading “Green Infrastructure! ….in progress”

from empty lot ….. to garden! The Bloomingdale Compound’s little slice of heaven.

The first step is to bring in clean garden mix and place it at 18-24″ depth.  It is important to not drive on the soil with equipment. The skidsteer placed the soil and did minor backdragging to grade it.  Hand shoveling was done to finish up the grade and fill in the corners.  Boxes will beContinue reading “from empty lot ….. to garden! The Bloomingdale Compound’s little slice of heaven.”