Chives!

Do you have chives in your garden? It’s harvest time! Chives are a member of the onion (allium) family and grow perennially (they come back year-to-year). Often chives are one of the first signs of spring as they can tolerate cold weather and, if you planted them last year,...

2019 Plant Sale Volu...

It’s time for our annual Plant Sale! We are being hosted by City Grange this year, a new independent garden center, and we need your help. Ready to check out our awesome plant list for this year and make your own list of things to pick up when you volunteer? Go to our blog post  to see the...

What’s in my g...

Before you start clearing out your plot this spring, make sure you aren’t removing plants you may actually want to keep. After a long winter, herbs like sage and thyme might look dead, but as perennials they should start springing back to life within a few weeks. Here’s a quick...

Hello Garlic!

Did you plant garlic in your plot last fall and forget? Or did you inherit a plot with some robust “green things” already sprouting up? Don’t pull it! That’s garlic! And it will be ready to harvest later in the summer.         Garlic is typically...

2019 Plant Sale

Join us April 27-28 (cool crops) and May 11-12 (hot crops) for our annual Organic Edible Plant Sale. This year, our plant sale is hosted at new garden center City Grange, who will be sharing a portion of proceeds from sales these weekends with Peterson Garden Project. Check out the plant list...

Waking the Garden Up

Earth Day is coming up in less than a month, which is a typical planting date for cool-weather crops in Chicagoland. Cool-weather crops such as broccoli, kale, and parsley can handle slight dips in nighttime temperatures, provided they have been hardened off properly. This is also a great...

About Arugula

Arugula is a peppery-tasting salad green. It is popular among edible gardeners because it is ready to harvest from seed in just a few weeks (probably why it is also known as “rocket green” in some parts of the world). Arugula can be planted in the spring and fall, and grows and tastes best in...

About Peas

  Far from those frozen mushy things your mom used to hide in your mashed potatoes, fresh peas from the garden can be one of the tastiest things you’ve ever put in your mouth. These frost-hardy, cool-season crops are often among the first crop to harvest in the spring, and luckily with...

Lettuce Explain: A G...

Have you noticed that there are different types of lettuce out there? Lettuce can be grouped into one of several main growth types – looseleaf, bibb (sometimes called boston or butterhead), romaine (cos), batavian (also called summercrisp), and iceberg (crisphead). You may notice leaf...

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...

About Beets

Did you know the ancient Romans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate beets to use their roots as food? Before then, people exclusively ate the beet greens, and not the roots. Beets are a part of the chenopod family, along with spinach and swiss chard. Although typically a...

About Radishes

This week’s lesson: Radishes! Radishes come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. They are a popular crop for gardeners because of how quickly they can be harvested after planting… some are ready in just three weeks! Plus you can plant them every two weeks or so...

What Happens at a Se...

The 10th Annual Peterson Garden Project Seed Swap is coming up on Sunday, March 3, 2019.  Join us (and more than 150 gardeners) in the 2nd Floor Ballroom at Broadway Armory to start selecting seeds for your garden. What Happens at a Seed Swap? You get to meet fellow gardeners: Selecting seeds...

Seed Starting Tips

If you’ve ever seen a volunteer tomato, dill or squash seedling pop up unexpectedly in your garden plot, you may think that starting seeds is as easy as dropping them in the soil and waiting. And it is – given the right temperature, moisture, soil, and passage of time. But getting...

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...