About Eggplant

Eggplant is a heat-loving crop native to India, and comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Some 18th-century European varieties were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen’s eggs, hence the name “eggplant”. Eggplant is widely used in cooking, most notably as an important...

GrowUptown News ...

7.18 Update Over 2/3 of the pavers and beds are in! Soil is coming on Monday, July 23 and will be loaded manually into each bed. Depending on weather, this may take 2-3 days. We’ll be scheduling our first Grewbie 101 class in the garden for Saturday, July 28th. 6.30.2018 Update Pavers...

Harvesting Scallions...

Scallions Depending on the species, scallions may be simply young onions harvested before the bulb begins to form or they may be bunching onions, which are closely related to onions, but do not go on to form a bulb when mature. Although when to harvest depends on the farmer’s or...

A Second Chance for ...

If you were disappointed by your broccoli, cauliflower, or romanesco harvests this spring, good news – you have a second chance this year with a fall crop! Although we are just getting into what many consider the “taste” of summer with our first tomato, ground cherry, and...

Honoring Diversity o...

As many of us celebrate Independence Day with family and friends today, we wanted to honor the diversity that makes our community special – a community in which immigrants, refugees, and their families have always, and will always, be an integral part. Food connects us, neighbor to...

A sweet way to use h...

Running out of ideas for ways to use your excess herbs? Try making herbal simple syrups! Simply combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water (example: 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water), and bring just to a boil in a sauce pot. Turn the heat off, and add 2 large handfuls of fresh herbs (just tear the...

June in Photos

Herbs, radishes, strawberries, greens, and smiles – your gardens (and plates) were abundant with all of these things and more in June! Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your photos with us on Facebook. We’ll share our...

What’s Happeni...

June in Chicagoland has been rainier than usual, and no doubt your plants (and weeds!) have been looking quite lush. This is a clue that one of the most important things needed for growing big, juicy vegetables is water. As we move into the hotter and drier months of July and August, some...

Garlic Scapes

You may have heard about garlic scapes, or seen them in the farmers’ market. Garlic scapes are the stalks of hardneck garlic, and gardeners typically remove them between the summer solstice and the end of June. Removing the developing scape helps the plant divert energy from creating...

Someone’s eati...

Have you noticed big pieces of your plants missing? Those holes are likely evidence of cabbage white butterfly larvae, who love to munch on plants in the brassica family, including kale, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. The fuzzy green worms blend in with the leaves, and can...

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...

Beetlejuice!

Cucumber beetles are out! The beetles that are emerging now had overwintered and are out to mate. In about a week, females will lay eggs in the soil and once hatched, the larvae will nibble on corn roots before developing into cucumber beetles. Adult cucumber beetles eat leaves and stems of...

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...