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...

Music in the Gardens

Musician Brian Eno says creating music is like being a gardener: “One is making a kind of music in the way that one might make a garden. One is carefully constructing seeds, or finding seeds, carefully planting them and then letting them have their life. And that life isn’t necessarily...

Gardening for Stress...

Have you ever wondered whether gardening can help with everyday stress? Stress is a known risk factor for preventable chronic disease and plagues many of us living in a noisy, hectic urban environment.  During the 2013 gardening season, our research partner from Northwestern University, Sarah...

Kris Pierre and NEIU

We first learned about the possibility of a garden on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University in 2012, through our friends and mentors at the North River Commission. We’ve met too many other people to name, but it’s easy to say that every one of them has been an amazing source of...

Give your plants a b...

If your plants look light-green or even have a tinge of yellow all over, it might be time to add Epsom salt. Epsom salt isn’t just for sore muscles – it contains magnesium and sulfur, two much-needed nutrients for your garden. You can add 1 tsp. around the base of small plants, and up...