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Ramon Gonzalez
Works at One Seed Chicago
Lives in Chicago,IL
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This story of how the American Indian Center in Chicago is helping bring back this ancient squash plant is my jam! I love stories of old seeds being sprouted and grown in gardens. #seedsaving
 
How long do saved seeds last? Well, the American Indian Center in Chicago this year is planting a Three Sisters Garden with seeds that were found in a clay ball that dates back to 850 years ago.  Do you plant corn, squash and beans in the 
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Did you know LEGO has a Kickstarter kind of thing on their website to test the interest in product ideas? It's kind of cool.
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As a seed starter AND a cat lover, this video really speaks to my interests! 
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This is an amazing discovery! This newly discovered vine species can change its leaf to mimic another plant. This kind of mimicry has only ever been seen in the animal kingdom before. 
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That is amazing. Apparently some plants can mimic one species, but this is the first case of multi-species mimicry in the plant world. 
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If you couldn't attend the seed bomb demo at the FPCG Seed Swap, and my demo for Macy's Flower show, here's a video and picture tutorial on how I make seed bombs. Slightly easier than the traditional seed bomb recipe as this involves no water or mixing ingredients. Try it for Earth Day! 
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Many public libraries have one if you want to give it a go!
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Meet some pioneers in Chicago's community garden scene. 
Gerald Earles' son stopped by to visit him a few days ago and told him, once again, that it was time to move.
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Bless them.  Hope their perseverance pays off again.
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Why haven't I had go adjust settings on G+ but every few months it becomes necessary on Facebook? 
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Check out my collection of vintage postcards featuring parks, plants and gardens in Chicago. 
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I'm on You Grow Girl's What'cha Growin? podcast this week. We talked about a lot of different things, but I think my experience as a gardener in a bad neighborhood is probably the most important. It's not something that we often hear about when we discuss "urban gardening." Take a listen. 
My first episode was with a very rural gardener, so I thought I would flip the script for the second episode and talk to someone who gardens under very dif
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Borrowing from the tech sector, some plant breeders are releasing "open source" seeds. 
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Not as pretty as an Easter Cactus and an Easter Lily, but the resurrection plant is even more fitting this time year. Watch as what looks like a piece of tumbleweed comes to life when it is contact with water. #houseplants   #indoorgardening   #easter  
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+Diana Studer Really? That's cool. I am a big fan of all of those African plants that looks like sticks, stones and plant detritus, but are secretly amazing plants. 
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Urban gardener, activist, seed saver, soda pop sommelier, blogger, Chicagoan, jerk, wannabe photog, closet cupcake-lover.
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Urban gardener behind the MrBrownThumb & Chicago Garden blogs. "Websites to Help The Gardener Grow" & "Quick! What's That Plant?" and Succulent Choices my articles recently published in Tribune newspapers. I'm the gardener your mom warned you about. See the G+ page for the MrBrownThumb blog if you're only interested in reading about gardening posts. This acct covers topics outside of gardening. 
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Chicago,IL
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Chicago, IL - Sedona, AZ - Los Angeles, Ca
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Freelance writer, blogger, marketer.
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  • One Seed Chicago
    Social Media Manager, 2009 - present
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    Writer, 2005 - present
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The Earleses aren't going anywhere
www.chicagotribune.com

Gerald Earles' son stopped by to visit him a few days ago and told him, once again, that it was time to move.

I Pledge Allegiance To You, Chicago
fumblingaboutinthedark.blogspot.com

I pledge allegiance to you, Chicago. I pledge allegiance to your four starred flag To your slanted streets and movable bridges. Hegewisch to

Poinsettia in a Can
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Poinsettias are popular houseplants for the holidays. Here's a poinsettia in a can, plus tips on growing poinsettias.

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WordPress has gone to bat for its users in court, joining in two lawsuits over fraudulent DMCA claims that used copyright claims as a means

Layering Spring-Flowering Garden Bulbs
mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com

Short on garden space but want spring-flowering bulbs? Stack 'em deep for extended blooms in one spot.

A white raccoon for hunter Kenneth Bevins | Wild Life
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Kenneth Bevins sent in this shot of the unique raccoon he killed with his crossbow in Carroll County. He's planning a full mount of the anim

Miniature Garden Bulbs for Small-Space Gardens
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Miniature garden bulbs for small-space, and urban gardens, that bloom in the spring.

West Bank garden of teargas canisters - in pictures
www.theguardian.com

The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers duri

My embarrassing picture went viral
www.salon.com

When strangers mocked me for my weight, it was a lesson in Internet cruelty, mean girls -- and fighting back

How To Collect Hosta Seeds
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Hostas are great perennials for dry, shady garden. Saving seeds from hosta flowers is so simple. Give it a try in your garden.

Saving tomato seeds? Isolate Tomato Flowers for True Seeds
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When saving heirloom tomato seeds, isolate the blooms to keep your heirloom tomatoes true.

Rooting Tomato Cuttings
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Grow free tomatoes by rooting tomato cuttings from plants in your garden.

Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine Propagation
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How to on Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine Propagation. Quick, easy way to make more plants for the garden.

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff that was able to answer some questions I had after just walking in off the street with an idea in mind. I had considered ordering silk screens, paint and other items to make a silk screen press online, but I decided to go with Chicago Silk Screen because the prices were comparable to Amazon and local art supply stores.
Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
I went into this store mistakenly thinking they offered a t-shirt making service they didn't. While they couldn't help me, I'm glad I stopped into this store because they were very helpful and I learned I can use them for another project. The lady who answered my questions was very helpful even though I didn't know the correct terminology and couldn't explain myself the best.Even if it's just to gawk at the exceptionally merchandised store go visit The T-Shirt Deli. I'll be back to order some custom t-shirts for a niece's birthday party.
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Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
This place is tiny and often packed with people, and you may have to wait for a seat. But it is totally worth the hassle and having people up in your business while you're trying to talk with whoever you are with. Don't let the "hipster" vibe put you off. The last time I went I had the grilled cheese and tomato soup. How does something so simple taste so wonderful? It's like you're being hugged from the inside by the amazing food you're eating. Don't stand in the tiny entrance, go through the cafe into the bar next door and wait at the couch of play some pinball or pool while you wait for your seat. Oh, and have a Bloody Mary from the bar!
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
After seeing this place profiled on television I finally gave it a shot recently. I like Mexican food and Asian food so the place had to be horrible in order to not meet my expectations. Surprisingly, I was impressed and enjoyed the burrito, jalapeno pad thai, orange chicken Korean taco and dumplings I sampled. The burrito was really interesting as it was a hybrid of a burrito and sushi roll. My only quibble with the place is that the flavors were too "Asian" without the spice and heat of Asian food, or even the spice, heat and flavor of Mexican food. I'd like to see some more Mexican offers that incorporate Asian ingredients and flavors. For example, what if the exterior of the dumplings were more like empanadas? Or what if the Korean taco was served as a torta? Whatever you have wash it down with some horchata, it's delicious.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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Chicagoland's largest thrift store. It's three floors of sometimes awesome stuff ranging from rare books, vintage bikes, furniture, bric-a-brac, toys and clothes. I can't speak to the quality of clothing there, but the non-clothing items are pretty cool depending on when you go. The best day are the 50% off days, and the day after 50% off sales if you're looking to buy books. I don't know if it's a case of not enough old people are dying and leaving behind their items or if the hipsters and yuppies gentrifying Pilsen are scoring all the cool stuff, but there hasn't been a lot of quality vintage items lately. It's very much hit or miss if you don't visit regularly. Whereas in the past any day you went you were bound to find something old and really cool to take home for a few days. Still, I'd take a chance and visit the showcase and second and third floor.
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Public - 4 weeks ago
reviewed 4 weeks ago
I recently ate at this restaurant after passing by it for years. First, let me state that the location itself is pretty awesome and it is fun to hang out and be surrounded by the outrageous and oversized art. Really, go just to look at the way it is decorated. The flower inspired light fixtures are a thing of beauty. But this isn't about the decor, right? Unfortunately, the food I ordered didn't live up to my expectations. I had the chicken fried steak with the biscuit and side of cheese grits. The steak didn't have much flavor, and are cheese grits suppose to be a solid, gelatinous form that takes the shape of the cup they're served in? I really don't know, it was my first time having grits and probably my last time if they're always like that. I expected the food to taste as colorful as the restaurant, but I was disappointed by all save for the strawberry lemonade which was AMAZING. The rest of my family had the home fries and everyone raved about them. But it seems like we all had just one thing in our order that was really good. The service was cheerful and quick and I can't fault them for the lackluster food.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Need a break from pan and deep dish pizza? I'm a pizza traditionalist, but I was blown away by the flavors of the slices I tried at the Wicker Park location. Yes, Wicker Park-- Dimo's stop trying to make "Six Corners" happen on your website! I had the The Mac, Philly, BBQ Steak & Fries and something with beans on my visit. All of them were pretty good. The best was the Mac n Cheese, the worst was the one with beans on it. I suspect the pizza is better if you are ordering a whole pie rather than getting a slice that has to be heated up after you choose it. But even then the reheated slices are pretty amazing.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago