Uptown United at PGP

Thank you to Martin Sorge from Uptown United for this guest post!  When the Peterson Garden Project team first approached me about building Victory Garden in Uptown, I knew it was a great idea. Uptown United serves as the nonprofit community and economic development agency for the Uptown...

Squash those bugs!

Squash bugs are here, and if you haven’t seen the damage the adult’s toxic saliva can do to your squash and zucchini plants yet, you may have noticed their brown jewel-like eggs under the leaves. The best thing to do now to prevent widespread damage is to search for and destroy...

GrowUptown News ...

6.18.2018 Update Due to heavy rains last week, getting the gravel and sand in for the pavers has been delayed. For safety reasons, our contractor wants to have all of the pavers and beds placed before beginning to fill with soil – not in tandem. We are hopeful this will be finished in...

Heartland Health Cen...

Thank you to Laurie Odell from Heartland Health Centers for this guest post! Getting a call a couple of years ago from Becky Rico at Peterson Garden Project was pretty exciting as she said they wanted to get a community garden going in Uptown!! As a member of the Community Advisory Board for...

Summer Fungi Aren...

Summer weather has begun! While heat and humidity are favorable to growth for many of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables, they are also favorable to many diseases in the garden. The first signs – yellowing leaves, brown streaks, and white fuzzy patches – are easy to ignore...

PGP is Growing ̵...

PGP is growing! And we’re not just talking about tomatoes – we’re bringing a brand new, permanent, edible community garden to Uptown that will expand our education and food access programs to the community. GrowUptown is about providing more: more space for the community...

New Stone Soup Cooki...

Many of us are familiar with the folk story of stone soup: a stranger arrives in a new town and says, “I will make the most delicious soup out of water and a single stone, and it will be enough to feed the whole town.” Each towns-person ends up contributing one ingredient to the...

May in Photos

In May, your gardens started coming alive as the weather warmed up. We particularly loved seeing the first harvests of spring greens and stunning radishes! Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your photos with us on Facebook. We’ll...

Chive Flower and Her...

While flowering lettuce may be a sign that your lettuce is nearing the end of its life cycle, flowering chives are a delicious garden treat in their own right! Chive flowers are the tasty purple flowers that bloom on your chive plant around the end of May. They have a light onion-y flavor and...

Lettuce Explain Bolt...

Are your lettuce plants suddenly very tall? They may be bolting! This is when they send up a long flower stalk to begin the next stage of their lives – seed production! At this point, the leaves will be a little less sweet or even bitter, but you can still pick them off the flower stalk...

What’s Happeni...

May in Chicagoland can be taxing on the edible garden. As spring transitions to summer, we experience light frosts, 80+degree days, hailstorms, winds topping 30mph, and rain for days followed by no rain for more than a week. If you think you’re having trouble adjusting your thermostat...

Success with Beans

If you’ve had trouble with bean production, take note! 1. Decide what kind of beans you’d like to eat: String beans: these are typical “green beans or snap beans” and eaten whole in the pod, before the seeds have fully matured inside. They have at least one string per...

Good Start for Seedl...

Transplanting seedlings can be a bit of a shock for young plants, but you can ease the transition to your garden by keeping them outside, but in their pots for a few days. This hardening-off process will help the seedlings adjust to brighter outdoor light, stronger wind, and temperature...

2018 Plant Sale List...

Join Peterson Garden Project April 21-22 and May 4-6 for our annual Organic Edible Plant Sale geared toward urban and small-space gardeners and offering items you won’t see anywhere else in Chicago. Buy organic plants, seeds, books, tools, compost, fertilizer, and more — everything...

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...