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US (IL): Hort teacher promotes vegetable garden resurgenceDeb Denison is ready to start the 12-step program — 12 steps to vegetable gardening, that is.
Denison, a Lindenhurst resident, learned about the step system from Rory Klick Monday during an Earth Week presentation at the College of Lake County on edible landscaping, i.e., how to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Klick, department chair for horticulture and sustainable agriculture at the college, told Denison and others wanting to get tips on edible landscapes that "it's simple," and you don't need a lot of space. A couple of containers, a sunny spot in your back yard, some good soil and proper watering are all it takes.
Klick grew up on a farm in Scotland and has lived with her husband, Ken Klick, and their children in Lake County for more than 20 years. They grow vegetables and fruits — including tomatoes and green beans, which she said are actually fruits, not vegetables — and raise backyard chickens.
Her 12-step program includes choosing what to grow, picking the site, creating a plan, improving the soil, planting the crops, watering, mulching, weeding, monitoring for pests and disease, supporting with stakes if necessary, and, finally, harvesting and processing — which includes eating, cooking, giving it away or freezing, drying or canning it.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune
Publication date: 4/20/2017
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