Starting Onions from...

Although onions may seem like a fairly cheap “staple” vegetable not worthy of a spot in the urban garden, the truth is- they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Onions have few pests/diseases in our area and they require little maintenance other than watering to yield...

Join Us for Seeds an...

Get ready for growing season! Join us for two fun events on March 5 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 North Broadway in Chicago: Eighth Annual Seed Swap, 1-4pm (Armory Ballroom) “Biscuits & Bloodys” Brunch, noon-2pm (PGP Community Cooking School) The Seed Swap, held from 1 to 4 pm...

5 Reasons to Attend ...

The 8th Annual Peterson Garden Project Seed Swap is coming up on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Join us (and more than 150 gardeners) in the 2nd Floor Ballroom at Broadway Armory to start selecting seeds for your garden. Need a little more incentive to join us next Sunday? OK, here are five more...

A Community of Garde...

Register Now for 2017 Membership When Peterson Garden Project was born in 2010, I never suspected it would grow into the far-reaching educational organization it is today, including the addition of our Community Cooking School and expanding our mission to encompass a plot-to-plate approach to...

We’re Starting...

Why Now? We believe food is a common language that can bring us together as a community. What better way to come together than around a table of delicious homemade food in our Community Cooking School? Our first meeting is February 23, sign up! What’s a Cookbook Club? Mash up all the...

It’s time to s...

Although it’s way too early to start tomato, and even broccoli seeds indoors in Chicago, it is the right time to start other edibles like celeriac and globe artichokes. Globe artichokes (not to be confused with Jerusalem artichokes) are a perennial plant in warmer climates (zones 7-10),...

February Classes and...

February is a busy month at PGP! We’re making cozy, healthy food to sustain us through the rest of winter and getting a head start on a healthy garden by making compost. Looking for something different to do with friends or a special someone on Valentine’s Day? Sign up for a knife...

De-Mystifying Seed C...

For some enthusiastic gardeners, the seed catalog is a giant wish list, with nearly every seed variety circled, regardless of the size of the vegetable garden they’ll be planted in! But for others, the array of tomato varieties, mysterious codes and symbols next to plant names, and figuring...

The ABCD’s of ...

In an election year where we’ve all been tearing each other apart for our differences, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the collective goodness that has quietly gone about its business amid the noise. PGP was about three years old before I learned of the very fitting term...

Ask the Butcher: Tur...

Mark Holzkopf, owner of Holzkopf’s Meat Market in Edgewater, is one of our favorite sources for tips on cooking meat–and was one of our sponsors for our first Harvest Feast (we’re still dreaming about that scallion pancake with Mark’s smoked turkey!). With Thanksgiving...

We’re Ready to...

Only a few tickets remain! Buy your ticket now to join us for our first Underground Harvest Feast on November 10 to celebrate what we’ve grown this year in our gardens and in our community! This special collaboration dinner between Chef Fresh, PGP’s Resident Chef, and Chef Alvin Yu, PGP board...

Indoor Herb Care ...

After the past few frosty weeks, fresh herbs on the windowsill are a welcome sight in the home of a gardener with an itchy green thumb. Whether you’ve transplanted them from your garden or are eyeing some at the grocery store, we have a few tips for you to keep them in the best shape...

Sneak Peek of HomeGr...

Fall is time for harvest–buy your ticket now to join us for our first Underground Harvest Feast to celebrate what we’ve grown this year in our gardens and in our community! This special collaboration dinner between Chef Fresh, PGP’s Resident Chef, and Chef Alvin Yu, PGP board member and owner...

The Magic of Mulch

It’s difficult to understand the importance of mulch, or even how to properly use it, when there are so many bad examples around our city. When parkway trees have mulch volcanos piled close to the trunk, or urban farms are growing vegetables in bare soil, it’s hard to know what...

Growing to Give to C...

Grow2Give is Peterson Garden Project’s program for growing fresh, organic produce for food pantries and nutrition programs. We dedicate at least 5% of the beds at each garden to Grow2Give. Care for Real in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago has been a long-time partner for the program,...

Putting the Garden t...

With just a few weeks left in the Chicagoland growing season, October is the month where you’ll want to monitor the weather fairly closely, as we approach the first frost. The first frost is usually a “light frost”, where nighttime temperatures are between 32F and 28F. At...

Growing Garlic

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make is planting their garlic too early! In our climate, garlic will grow best when planted in the fall, before the ground freezes, but not so early that the garlic actually sprouts before the first frost. The goal is to have the garlic clove produce...

Simple Pickles

Want to learn to make your own pickles? Sign up for the Oct. 20 class at the Community Cooking School! I grew up hating pickles. I usually encountered them on a burger plate, their juice making my once-crispy fries soggy and pickle-flavored, and their seemingly unnatural bendiness was...

Harvesting Potatoes

Potatoes are one of those vegetables that seem so plain and cheap…so why allot precious garden space to growing them? Not only are there many more different varieties of potatoes that what we see in the grocery store, but potatoes are also incredibly satisfying because they are so easy...

Grow2Give

At this time of year, we often think of what we are thankful for, and give to others in need. With many food pantries and soup kitchens relying on donations or cheaply purchased leftover or unwanted food, fresh fruits and vegetables are a rare sight among staples like canned beans, rice and...

Join Us for 30 Days ...

The weather may be getting chilly, but we’re warming up for 2017 programs and scholarships! Join us October 15 to November 15 for team-building, volunteering and community engagement as we work towards our mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food! There...

Goodbye Lindsay, Hel...

In case you haven’t heard, our beloved Lindsay Shepherd is leaving PGP at the end of August for new adventures in New York City, and we’re welcoming long-time volunteer Christina Bello as the new program manager for the Community Cooking School. They each wanted to share some...

Harvesting Scallions...

Scallions Depending on the species, scallions may be simply young onions harvested before the bulb begins to form or they may be bunching onions, which are closely related to onions, but do not go on to form a bulb when mature. Although when to harvest depends on the farmer’s or...