Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chicago Botanic Garden's Great Chef Series
Chicago Botanic Garden begins the Great Chef Series on May 26. Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden's open-air amphitheater, the great chefs will prepare special recipes with garden-fresh ingredients. For info, visit: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef/index.php.

Clever Gardening Technique

Eliminate Those Pesky Flea Beetles
Tackle flea beetles, the scourge of the garden, with hot pepper-garlic spray. Smash six cloves of garlic (work outdoors where you won't mind the mess and smell) and add to a glass jar with a tablespoon of powdered or crushed red pepper and a quart of warm water. Cap and set in the sun to steep for a couple of days. Strain through cheesecloth and spray upper and undersides of the leaves, avoiding the hot, dry time of the day. Keep unused spray in the refrigerator.

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