February 2019

In this newsletter:
• Two workshops about spring and summer planting on March 3 and 23
• Pre-order your seedlings in our online store by March 6! 
• Volunteer Gathering and Potluck Dinner on March 30
• Ask about our edible gardening mentors!

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Raised Bed & Container Gardening Workshop

March 3rd from 1-3pm • FREE 
 Oak Park Main Library, (First Floor Community Room). 
Presented by Dan Gibbs

Join us for an informative and exciting FREE workshop on growing your veggies in containers and raised beds! Get tips and tricks on soil, planting, fertilizers, watering, pests and more. Plus, Dan will give quick tips on growing his favorite 23 varieties of veggies.


Seed Starting Workshop & Seed Swap

 March 24th from 12-2pm • FREE
 The Sugar Beet Food Co-op Building, 442 Madison, Oak Park


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Are you growing your own organic food garden this season? Extend your growing season! Learn how to sprout your seeds indoors with grow lights in 2-3 weeks while it’s still too cold to germinate seeds outdoors. Following the workshop, will be a Seed Swap, so bring your extra seeds and your gardening stories.


Volunteer Gathering & Potluck Dinner

 March 30th, potluck dinner at 5:30pm, presentation at 6:30pm 
 Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison Street, River Forest

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We embrace and support our local gardening community. What better way to do that than while sharing a meal? It doesn’t matter if you are already a Deep Roots volunteer or this will be your first time at one of our volunteer events. We welcome volunteers with many skill sets and interests. Above all we want all our volunteers to do meaningful work that they enjoy, as well as to learn new skills and have fun. Please bring a friend, your kids and family members.


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Order Seedlings from our online store

Homegrown food is now easier than ever. 
This is the first time we are offering the opportunity to pre-order seedlings for your edible garden — both for spring planting in April and summer planting in June. Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest is excited about growing seedlings for Deep Roots Project. This is part of our free new “Crop Planning” education series that kicked off at the Crop Planning Workshop presented by Dan Gibbs on January 27. A video of the workshop will be available in early March.

Last day to order seedlings online is March 6 
Depending on weather we will tell you the best time to pickup and plant your seedlings. Pick up from Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison, River Forest (708) 366-9500, Depending on interest from our gardening community we may also take seedling orders for your fall harvest. A planting and harvest calendar PDF will also be available for download on our website soon.

Seedlings come in a pack of 4 as shown above.
Pick from 23 varieties that grow best in our area. 4-pack of seedlings is $4.00 ($1 per seedling). A full tray of eight 4-packs (32 seedlings) is $25 (78¢ per seedling). Since spinach doesn’t transplant we are selling spinach seeds instead of seedlings.

Need help? Contact Estelle at 708-386-7197 or estelle[at]deep-roots-project.org


Deep Roots edible gardening store

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Want an instant edible garden? We can deliver and install a raised bed filled with soil. View all our edible gardening products like custom raised beds, super growth garden soil blend, mighty moisture mulch, biochar, soil amendments and installation services on our online store

The rest of our online store products don’t need to be prepaid like the seedlings. You can pay for your order when you receive your purchase. Our director David Murphy can visit your yard to help decide the best location for a raised bed or a container garden.

Contact David Murphy at dmurphy@deep-roots-project.org and (773) 502-5600


Monthly free workshops and mentoring

We will continue monthly free workshops on organic edible gardening and related topics like growing a beautiful toxic-free lawn, food preservation, the best foods for good health and extending the gardening season. Crop planning for spring, summer and fall harvests will be a continuing theme at workshops. Contact David Murphy dmurphy[at]deep-roots-project.org and (773) 502-5600) if you need a garden mentor. A video of our Crop Planning Workshop held on January 27 will be online in March.