Ready, Set, Grow!

PGP gardens are open for 2017 (our eighth season!), and we can’t wait to see what you grow! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your photos with us on Facebook. We’ll share our favorites here each month and on social media...

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,...

What We’re Planting NOW

It’s the end of April and it’s finally warming up a little in Chicago. Now that the nighttime temperatures are steadily above 40F, it’s time to plant some cool-weather crops. These plants can handle temperatures that dip into the 40s, but really prefer 60 degrees or higher like the rest of us! If you’re one of our “Grewbies” (growing newbies) and you’ve taken one of our online garden planning classes OR done your homework for Grewbie 101 then you’ll recognize the diagram associated with this post. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, visit Gardeners.com and try out their amazing Kitchen...

Pop-up Victory Garde...

2012 is the 70th anniversary of the first year of WW2 and the first historic Victory Garden summer. Since The Peterson Garden Project had brought awareness to the story of Chicago’s role in the Victory Garden movement, at least in our little corner of the city, we thought it might be...

Strangers are the st...

The Peterson Garden Project is an amazing adventure. Like the many community gardens that are springing up around the country like mushrooms, our project is one example of how people want to connect with their community and do good. I’m the lucky person who gets to talk about The...