Harvest Monday_2010 Green Summit

Today is Harvest Monday hosted by Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions.  Take a peek at what Daphne’s harvesting now and see what others are harvesting.  While you’re at it,  link up at  and tell everybody what you’re harvesting.   

 Greens, greens, greens is what I’ve got…Lettuce greens, chard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach greens.  The main lettuce bed is growing pretty well, and I did something I’ve never done.  I harvested a whole (baby) head of lettuce…    …and then I replanted the root after I picked the leaves off of it.  Couldn’t stand to see that possibly viable plant life going to the compost pile.

 But enough about me and my lettuce.            

2010 Green Summit Calendar of Events


 Southeast Chicago Goes from Steel to Green.  

 At the kick-off event for the 3rd Annual Green Summit held at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Training Center on Friday, April 30th, my gardening friend, Gregory Bratton, along with Peggy Salazar were presented awards for their outstanding dedication and commitment to their greening efforts, not just in the 10th ward, but throughout the city of Chicago.  

Omar (63rd Street Conga Drummers), Gregory and Peggy


 Pictured above are Angela Hurlock, Executive Director of Claretian Associates; Gregory Bratton, Intergenerational Growing Project, receiving his award; Kevin Murphy of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative; Neil Bosanko of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce; and John A. Pope, 10th Ward Alderman.  

 A couple of the members of the Backyard Gardener’s Network were there too.   This is Emma, a reporter for the Observer, showing off the tickets for the play she won that were raffled off.   Gregory also donated fruit trees that went to four lucky participants. 



Here’s Flo, another Backyard Gardener’s Network member, with the 63rd Street Drummers.

Flo (second from the left)



This year’s Green Summit activities will be spread out over the month of May.  You can click on the Green Summit logo above to view the full calendar of events.  

***Teachers…you can earn CDPU credits*** 

More information can be found at calumetstewardshipinitiative.org  or www.clarentianassociates.org  

 or by calling 773.734.9181  


Happy Gardening Green Living!!!



  1. engineeredgarden said,

    May 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Well, there’s nothing wrong with harvesting an entire head of lettuce once in a while. I do it too, sometimes.

  2. gardengoodies said,

    May 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    A plant has to be dead-dead for me to give up on it, and I figured if I stuck that lettuce back in the ground it would keep on growing.

    Sometimes when something looks dead it’s not. A little while ago I ran across two clumps of roots. Just roots, no green anywhere. I threw them in the composter. Not too long ago I found two hostas growing in the composter. Of course I rescued them and stuck them into pots.

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