Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-04-23
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

$8.7M grant for young MSM and HIV study $8.7M grant for young MSM and HIV study
Thanks to an $8.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

The fairy gardener
by Jim Edminster
2013-03-05

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Driving to Kansas for Xmas I got to sample different public radio stations in four states, much to the detriment of my opinion of Chicago's NPR—a station that has taken Terry Gross off in the afternoon and replaced her with some goofus with permanent laryngitis and a format for analyzing local newspaper headlines with C-team celebs.

I bring up this personal distaste only because it allowed me to glean some garden column items. An ancient but incredibly intelligent interviewer in Iowa, Diane Rehm, talked with the author of American Canopy: Trees, Forest & the Making of a Nation: Eric Rutkow. His book relates the relationship of trees to American history from our forests' abundance which probably led to our famous wastefulness to the strange saga of pro-slavery, anti-native-American J. Sterling Morton who established Arbor Day to John Muir, Johnny Appleseed & Paul Bunyan.

A bright young interviewer, also in Iowa, talked with Evelyn Birkby, a newspaper columnist and radio-show host who has been doing a farm, garden and food weekly column for 63 years without any missed deadlines. Miz Birkby is hilarious; in her upper 90s, she has written 10 books, the latest of which is Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa's Best-Known Homemaker. In her honor I'm including a recipe I picked up from somewhere that people lined up at my workplace to get to:

Quick trifle

Ingredients: (already made) angel food cake, milk, instant vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, three kinds of fruit (fresh, frozen or canned; if canned, drain).

Rip up the cake in big chunks. Put in a bowl. Put in a layer of fruit. (Possible combos: sliced peaches, strawberries, blueberries or raspberries, cherries and pineapple chunks.) Put in a big glop or four of Cool Whip. More fruit layers & more Cool Whip to top of bowl. Do not mix! Make instant pudding in separate bowl (with milk) and before it sets pour it over first bowl. That's all.

Let us now rant

Some of you may have read or heard of a report that cats eat—OMG!—birds. That many birds are going extinct because of domesticated tabbies and that feral wild cats need to be, it was more than hinted, absolutely wiped out. I like birds just fine. I feed them all winter.

Guess what? Birds eat birds—as my (indoor) cats and I watched out the windows on my upper deck, what to our wondering eyes should appear (five blocks from Wrigley Field in Chicago) but a large red-tailed hawk. He wasn't eating grain at the feeder, either. Further that report glossed over something else it said cats eat: small mammals—moles, voles, mice, rats, rabbits and squirrels. All these critters, I might point out, are anathema to gardeners. Other predators used to eat these "vermin": weasels, martins, lynxes, bobcats, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, wolves, badgers, etc.

Hardly any of these predators live in cities—they've either been hunted out or their habitat destroyed by modern people. This same habitat destruction has also heavily influenced wild birds. Cats are not so responsible; people are. Birds, for thousands of year,s have dealt with other (better, by the way) hunters. Leave the cats alone. Support the trap, neuter and release programs for feral cats if you want. Keep your own feline darlings indoors. Adopt a stray or two. That'll be enough without a cat holocaust.

Some garden books to check out:

—Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard by Amanda Thompson. A book after my own eccentric heart—if you want to put something odd or colorful or individual in your yard Amanda shows you how.

—Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart. Lots of info on, apparently, most of the poison and/or obnoxious plants in the world (e.g. oleander, water hyacinth, ergot, coyotillo, et. al.). Also plants that you thought were awful but are not quite so bad.

—Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening: The No Yard, No Time, No Problem Way to Grow Your Own Food by William Moss. Yes, window boxes and tiny containers and probably window ledges and fire escapes too.

A friend was kind enough to slip me a newspaper clipping illustrating a catch-22 situation to which I am very liable. A certain Kathy Cummings, here in Chicago, grew a natural garden—no lawn, and all wild flowers such as milkweed (which feeds monarch butterflies, Illinois' state insect). For this, Cummings got a first-place award and plaque citywide in naturalized gardens. She even had her picture taken with then-Mayor Daley.

This past October the city ticketed Cummings for having weeds taller than 10 inches. Officials insisted her wild flowers were weeds. The only thing I could advise her to do, should she ask, is plant lots of obviously blooming plants or at least have ones with colorful foliage. And she could do as I do—slip lots of big pots of cannas, geraniums, daisies, zinnias and coreopsis around. (And bribe the neighbors not to turn you in.)


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Christina Perri follows her 'Head' and 'Heart' 2014-04-22
Antique/jewelry show April 24-28 2014-04-22
Body painter Barsallo delights gallery crowd 2014-04-22
Marriage paper part of gender/sexuality symposium 2014-04-19
Mom shoots boyfriend's partner, claims violent man 2014-04-17
Chicago's Half Way to Michfest Party April 26 2014-04-16
Arts Alliance luncheon to feature McCraney 2014-04-16
'Queer As Art' concert series kicks off 2014-04-15
Gerber Hart Library and Archives book sale April 26-27 2014-04-14
Windy City Perf. Arts hosts 'To Russia with Love' 2014-04-11
Vicci Martinez performs in Chicago 2014-04-10
SAIC art sale April 11-12 2014-04-09
Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United 2014-04-09
Queer concert series starts April 9 in Chicago 2014-04-08
Artemis Singers plans Feminist Mosaic Pride concert 2014-04-02
Internat'l Vintage Poster Fair dazzles attendees 2014-04-01
Trans*H4CK features celebrated game designer, activist 2014-04-01
Pride 5K lakefront night race and party to benefit Center 2014-03-28
Women & Children First Bookstore hosts Jimmy Carter book signing 2014-03-27
Astraea starts $20 million world push for LGBTQI equality 2014-03-26
Knives and autopsies just the start in new Peggy Shinner book 2014-03-26
Flower/garden show exhibits theme, 'Do Green, Do Good' 2014-03-25
VP Biden: LGBT rights integral part of U.S. foreign policy 2014-03-23
Jay Franke, David Herro Public Humanities Award honorees 2014-03-20
Fourth season of 'Thrones' starts April 6 2014-03-19
Partners for cancer theater event named 2014-03-19
Borris Powell expresses 'Freedom' at fashion show 2014-03-18
Internat'l Vintage Poster Fair March 28-30 2014-03-18
AAC, CGHA start spring hockey season 2014-03-15
Bipartisan campaign mobilizing for ENDA passage in House 2014-03-15
CPL Commissioner Bannon at Gerber/Hart event 2014-03-14
DIFFA holds winter ball at Center on Halsted 2014-03-12
Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 2014-03-12
Orchid show in Glencoe through March 16 2014-03-12
Jimmy Carter coming to Andersonville on March 27 2014-03-12
ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Charts 2014-03-12
Pianist creates music for Langston Hughes poems 2014-03-06
Spotlight: Heartbeat of Home 2014-03-05
Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 2014-03-05
CELEBRATIONS Sholl-Burkhart wed 2014-03-04





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

LGBTQ Senior Housing applications to open up
 
Body painter Barsallo delights gallery crowd
 
Lambda Legal Bon Foster benefit honors Fred Eychaner
 
Drag/burlesque workshop series held at SAIC
 
Sister Spit heats up a frigid Chicago
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.