It was the Tribune's annual garden issue. Tis the season to start thinking about the outside of our homes.
Our favorite tidbit...the part that proves everything old is new again - the return of the rain barrel. It's a good green idea whose time has come again; gathering rainwater to use for your gardening. A special offer for chicago residents: Rainbarrels will be available for $40. at the Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N. Sacramento) and Greenmaker Building Supply ((2500 N. Pulaski).
Barrels will be available starting May 21, payment is by check only and the limited supply will be sold on a first come, first served basis. For more info, call 312.743.9283.
Also from H&G this week:
5 checkpoints: for Deck safety. If a deck is part of your outside space, read up on what to look for, provided by pros.
Glorious Gardens: The 11th annual contest kicks off June 4 - if you have a beautiful garden, get the camera out.
Dishing: Ron Bilaro touts the common sense approach - go fresh instead of frozen. Recipes for Stir-fried Beef Steak with Mushroom and Sherry Gravy, Smashed potatoes with blue cheese or wasabi and Coconut Meringue Macaroons with Chocolate and Nuts.
Top Image: From Rain Barrel Project at sustaindane.org