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...

Indoor Herb Care ...

After the past few frosty weeks, fresh herbs on the windowsill are a welcome sight in the home of a gardener with an itchy green thumb. Whether you’ve transplanted them from your garden or are eyeing some at the grocery store, we have a few tips for you to keep them in the best shape...

Grow2Give

At this time of year, we often think of what we are thankful for, and give to others in need. With many food pantries and soup kitchens relying on donations or cheaply purchased leftover or unwanted food, fresh fruits and vegetables are a rare sight among staples like canned beans, rice and...

The Magic of Mulch

It’s difficult to understand the importance of mulch, or even how to properly use it, when there are so many bad examples around our city. When parkway trees have mulch volcanos piled close to the trunk or urban farms have mostly bare soil, it’s hard to know what the best...

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,...