What is an Expert Ga...

At Peterson Garden Project, our mantra is “learn it by doing it.” Sometimes, in fact, we like our mistakes best. If only because it’s good for a blog post. Another good way to approach a garden is to remember that the plants know what to do. The gardener is kinda just along for the ride. Keep...

Community Gardens Ta...

“Gardeners are the most generous people in the world,” says Peterson Garden Project founder LaManda Joy. And this is what we learned, or confirmed, at the recent event, Community Gardens Take Action Against Hunger. Peterson Garden Project shared our own best practices with a roomful of people...

Coffee in the Garden...

It’s one of our bribes. On Community Work Days, our volunteers are greeted with hot coffee from our Work Day sponsor, Metropolis Coffee. But coffee has other applications in the garden. At many local roasters and coffee shops, you can pick up spent grounds to add to your compost pile or...

About Peppers

This week’s lesson: Peppers! These vibrant veggies are related to tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatillo, and come in a multitude of varieties, but there are two basic types: sweet, and hot. Sweet peppers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Most start out green and then turn...

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...