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...

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),...

The Three Sisters

Corn is possibly the most domesticated organism on the planet (aside from us!). Archeologists have identified domesticated corn as old as the oldest identified human settlement in the Americas, but only recently identified its wild parent, teosinte, through genetic testing. On first planting...

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...

Digging in the Dirt

By Alexandra Nelson, U IL Extension Master Gardener You’re not supposed to call it dirt. As explained in Master Gardener training, “dirt” is what’s under your fingernails or on the knees of your jeans. That stuff in the garden is soil. Soil is just a mixture of organic remains, clay, rock...

Plants Have Stories ...

At Peterson Garden Project we love stories. We’ve told our own origin story so many times most of us can recite it in our sleep. It’s been told so often that we’ve even heard a fairly mythologized version of it that attributes our founding to people we’ve never even heard of. Stories are an...