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Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, including the beginning of the summer planting season. If you didn’t get your summer crops planted over the holiday weekend, there’s still plenty of time for you to plant, according to The Organic Gardener.

Jeanne Nolan shares her tips with us for planting warm weather crops ahead of our planned Thursday, June 4 planting.

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The cold, wet summer has made it a difficult season for tomatoes, according to Jeanne Nolan.

“Tomatoes don’t like too much water or cold weather,” Nolan said. “There have been some nights that have dropped down into the 50s.”

Nolan, along with The Organic Gardener coworkers Adrienne Detanico and Stephanie Drozd, said they have seen many tomato plants struggle this season in gardens they tend to.

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Scientists are forecasting that El Niño – a weather pattern that brings warmer than average temperatures to the U.S. – will likely develop later this year. We discuss what El Niño means for Chicago’s upcoming seasons with Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology at the College of DuPage. Read an interview.

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Mushroom and Kale Royal Pie

Our panel of expert chefs and restaurant owners – Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery, Dan Smith of Hearty Boys, and Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead – weighs in on how you can get the most out of dining out this summer. View some recipes.

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Are some of the plants in your garden already dying? Or are the top-heavy plants face down in the mud? The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier joins us. Read her summer gardening tips.

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Our panel of book lovers – Rebecca Johns, Al Gini and Susan Nussbaum -- breaks down the titles you absolutely must read this summer. View their top picks.

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Chicago is getting some big names in the music industry coming to perform this summer. Who is worth the money, and which shows are must-sees? Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot has the scoop.

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Three Chicago literary experts join us to discuss their top choices for summer reading.

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It's the first day of summer and the sunbathers are out in force. What steps should be taken to protect your skin, and what are some warning signs of cancer? We hear from local dermatologists.