Growing Garlic

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make is planting their garlic too early! In our climate, garlic will grow best when planted in the fall, before the ground freezes, but not so early that the garlic actually sprouts before the first frost. The goal is to have the garlic clove produce...

Putting the Garden t...

With just a few weeks left in the Chicagoland growing season, October is the month where you’ll want to monitor the weather fairly closely, as we approach the first frost. The first frost is usually a “light frost”, where nighttime temperatures are between 32F and 30F. At...

Cover Crops for Rais...

Cover crops are an important part of sustainable agricultural management. Typically utilized in large-scale agriculture, cover crops help increase soil fertility, suppress weeds, and reduce soil erosion between the planting and harvesting of higher-value food crops. For example, in one year...

Basil at Summer̵...

With the cooler nighttime temperatures we’ll soon be experiencing later this month, it’s a good time to harvest, protect, or bring cold-sensitive plants like basil indoors. Basil’s tender leaves turn brown when exposed to low temperatures, which usually happens below 50...

Autumn Aphid Invasio...

While many different kinds of aphids can appear on different types of plants during most times of the year, cabbage aphids tend to appear on plants in the Brassica family (kale, broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, and brussels sprouts) in early fall.  At this time, temperatures start to drop...

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...

30 Days of Doing Ret...

Summer is winding down, but we’re already thinking ahead to 2019 programs and scholarships. Join us October 15 to November 15 for team-building, volunteering, and community engagement as we work towards our mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow their own food! There will...

August in Photos

The abundance of August is a beautiful sight! Tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, sunflowers, melons – and a brand new garden were just a few of the highlights you shared this month. Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your...

Preserve the Season ...

Giardiniera means “female gardener” in Italian—fitting, since often women were responsible for managing and harvesting the family vegetable garden and finding ways to preserve a mix of summer vegetables for the cold winter months. Traditionally, giardiniera is made with peppers, cauliflower,...

Husky Edibles –...

Tomatillos and ground cherries both belong to the nightshade family, and although they taste very different, they look very similar. Both fruits grow like paper lanterns, enclosed in an inedible husk. Tomatillos are medium sized, while ground cherries produce a cherry-sized fruit and closely...

Harvesting Potatoes

Potatoes are one of those vegetables that seem so plain and cheap…so why allot precious garden space to growing them? Not only are there many more different varieties of potatoes that what we see in the grocery store, but potatoes are also incredibly satisfying because they are so easy...

Tomato POW(d)ER!

Tomato Preservation: Easy Homemade Tomato Powder Running out of ways to preserve your tomatoes? Canning and freezing are good options, but can take up space in your cabinet or freezer that you may not have this late in the season. Another easy way to bottle the fresh garden flavor...

Mid-Summer Transplan...

Although we experience some of summer’s highest temperatures in August, it’s time to transplant fall crops to the garden. These cool-weather plants may have a little difficulty adjusting to summer heat, but can transition to the garden successfully if hardened-off first....

Harvesting Green Tom...

Green tomatoes for frying aren’t often sold at markets in Chicagoland, and are one of the unique treats one can enjoy from the garden. While all tomatoes are green while unripe, there is a right time to pick a green tomato for frying, and this is not often explained in fried green...

July in Photos

The very first tomatoes are here!! And so are peppers, beans, zucchini, sunflowers… This time of year is one of the best as all your hard work planting, fertilizing, tending, watering, and weeding starts to pay off in abundance – and it tastes great! Be sure to tag us...