Temperatures are dropping and the area has already seen its first frost, so this weekend would be a good time to tend to those gardens around Chicagoland.
Covering vegetation to protect it from frost will allow water to freeze on the protection device, not on the plant. Don’t use plastic or vinyl, which can trap moisture inside and damage the plant. Instead, cover your potted and planted greenery with a blanket, a burlap bag, even newspapers. There are also commercial covers you can buy.
There are also plants you can get that make the most of the cool weather. The Chicago Park District is hosting a hands-on class this weekend that features fall plantings that will make your organic garden even stronger.
There will be seeds and bulbs for purchase for planting in the garden of your own Chicago new home (or old one). All proceeds from the event will support programs and gardens at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse.
Cover Crops Bulbs, and Garlic is on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago. The fee is $10.
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Don’t worry. There’s more to do around Chicagoland this weekend than plant. Here are some options, both inside and out:
Design Harvest: This fest features Chicago’s best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors and local retailers of home design. There will also be live entertainment, art activities, hay rides, local eats and family activities. This one-of-a-kind fest takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Grand Avenue between Damen and Wood in Chicago.
Barkapalooza Dog Walk and Expo: This 19th annual event raises money for the West Suburban Humane Society, a volunteer-based animal shelter in Lisle. The festivities, at 1825 Short St. in Lisle, will include live entertainment, food for people and pets, a chance to find a new furry friend and more on Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Full Moon Jam: This night of free music and fire dancing and art will be held under the full moon (weather permitting) in the fields about a quarter-mile south of Foster Beach in Lincoln Park. Gathering time is 7 p.m.; park closes at 11 p.m.
Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital: This is the last weekend to see this tribute to the history of candy producing in Chicago. The exhibit has been at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park in Elmhurst, since May, and Sunday, Sept. 30 is the last day. Hours are 1-5 p.m., and this event is free.
Oktoberfest Chicago: This 12th annual party will be held inside and out of the iconic St. Alphonsus Church, which was built in the late 1800s at Southport and Lincoln in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood. There’ll be brew and food, two stages of music and a kids area. Hours are Friday, Sept. 28, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.
Bike the Ridge: Bicycles are not allowed on Ridge Avenue in Evanston any other time than on Sunday, Sept. 30 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the street will be closed to all traffic from Howard to Church for this non-competitive biking event. Non-bicyclists can come and cheer. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, and all kids must wear a helmet.