Spring Garden Prep

Whether you’re growing in a raised bed or in the soil, the surface of your garden might look like this is in the spring: Left uncovered throughout the winter, soil can take on a grayish appearance and pebbles may graze the surface. Weeds will start to pop up and the soil level may be a...

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...

GrowUptown News ...

4.5.18 Membership is Open! Membership is officially open for the new GrowUptown garden! Register soon! 2.19.18 Notes on Community Meeting Thanks to the lovely future GrowUptown gardeners who joined us at Heartland Alliance Health Center on Monday, February 19 for our community meeting! We...

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...

April Classes &...

Happy spring! The sun is shining, birds are singing, days are getting longer, and we’re ready to get our hands dirty in the gardens–and we know you are, too. There’s a lot to learn and do this month, from planning your edible garden to volunteering at our first workday of...

Feasts of Resistance...

Resistance doesn’t only take the form of protests and marches—it’s in the food we share, the stories we tell, the gardens we grow. Food shapes culture and conflict shapes food—that’s the premise of our Feasts of Resistance class series. In these hand-on cooking classes,...

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...

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...

March Classes &...

March is a busy month at PGP! Whether you’re ready to get your garden started in our seed-starting class or you want to cook up some delicious dumplings at our Community Cooking School, there’s something for all ages and interests on our March calendar! Looking for something...

What Happens at a Se...

The 9th Annual Peterson Garden Project Seed Swap is coming up on Sunday, March 4, 2018.  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...

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...

About Arugula

Arugula is a peppery-tasting spring 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 harvested in the spring and fall, 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...

Community Gardening:...

by Dr. Molly Doane On October 19th, 2017 The Field Museum, in collaboration with Chicago Ideas Week, facilitated a photo exhibit and conversation concerning urban gardening in Chicago, in which the Peterson Garden Project was highlighted. During the event, Dr. Alaka Wali, Cultural...