Jessica Reimer: Volu...

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

About Eggplant

Eggplant is a heat-loving crop native to India, and comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Some 18th-century European varieties were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen’s eggs, hence the name “eggplant”. Eggplant is widely used in cooking, most notably as an important...

Ashley Luciani: Volu...

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

The “Long Arm&...

As gardeners, we all take a degree of pleasure and pride in our plots and their produce.  We are attuned to the forces of nature at work in our bits of urban habitat.  We talk about our gardens and what we see; we bend the ear of our friends, our family, and random folk.  Our enthusiasm for...

Yvette Holt: VOW

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

The Edible Treasures...

  Guest post by Maribeth Brewer  …from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. ― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species   Opening in the spring of 2012, the Edible Treasures Garden at The Field Museum of Natural History...

Christine Skaggs: VO...

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

Squash Vine Borers

Did your squash plants suddenly wilt? Chances are, squash vine borers are to blame. These larvae burrow in the stems, cutting off the water supply to the plant. If you can find them while they’re still small, you can often remove them and the plant will heal, continuing with production...

Invite native pollin...

Urban gardening is the radical act of rethinking our place in the economic and physical landscape; we are, for the space of a midwest summer, shortening the human food chain, lessening our dependence on industrial agriculture, and re-establishing the connection between food and community that...

Anna Kong: VOW

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

Seed Starting for Fa...

Although we’re just picking our first tomatoes, it’s already time to think about starting seeds for fall harvests. Starting seeds in mid-July is largely the same as starting seeds in early spring, but keep in mind: Many homes are a little warmer now with the summer heat, so seeds...

Kale: Harvesting, Co...

Kale is one of the most versatile greens to grow, as it can be used in anything from stews to salads, in chips, and even smoothies! Kale is a member of the brassica family, and can have different flavors depending on what time of year it is harvested. The leaves are mild in spring and early...

Curtis Irby: VOW

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

Squash those bugs!

Squash bugs are here, and if you haven’t seen the damage the adult’s toxic saliva can do to your squash and zucchini plants yet, you may have noticed their brown jewel-like eggs under the leaves. The best thing to do now to prevent widespread damage is to search for and destroy...

Toward Windy City To...

Even if you started gardening only this year, you’ve probably already discovered that urban gardeners and farmers face a number of unique challenges, from uncertain water supplies to soil of widely varying quality. These challenges could be addressed through plant selection and...

Lin Prucher: VOW

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

Summer Fungi Aren...

Summer is in full swing and so are some of the fungal diseases that affect our plants. The first signs – yellowing leaves, brown streaks, and white fuzzy patches – are easy to ignore at first, but left alone, they will spread throughout the plant and the rest of your garden fairly...

Kris Pierre: Thankfu...

LaManda Joy first met Kris Pierre through the North River Commission.  It was Kris, Director of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University on Chicago’s northwest side, who told LaManda about “Reimagining Food,” their all-campus project to address food issues in the curriculum, the...

Lindsay Jacobson: VO...

We like to celebrate our volunteers, as they are the very core of what makes our project successful. As a small thank you, each VOW will be able to pick out 3 packets of seeds (Rene’s Dinner Garden or Seed Savers Exchange) from Matty K’s Hardware – our local hardware store- on the house! This...

Time for mid-season ...

For many fruits and vegetables, the beginning of summer is the beginning of vigorous growth and production – which takes quite a lot of nutrients to sustain. To give your plants what they need to produce those gorgeous tomatoes, zucchini and kale, they will likely need a boost. You have a few...

What We’re Pla...

Summer is here in Chicagoland and, if you planted earlier this spring, most of your cool-weather crops have matured and been harvested, leaving open spaces in your plot. Others may be just about ready to pick. Or maybe you are starting your garden for the first time this season and are unsure...

Garlic Scapes

You may have heard about garlic scapes, or seen them in the farmers’ market. Garlic scapes are the stalks of hardneck garlic, and gardeners typically remove them around the end of June. Removing the developing scape helps the plant divert energy from creating something that is similar...

Big Picture

Peterson Garden Project is one bright star in a big universe of the community gardening movement. Our organization has been nurtured, supported, challenged (in good ways!) and invigorated by others in this sphere that are dedicated, like we are, to making food growing and green space the...