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...

October in Photos

Despite the chill in the air, you still managed to capture some incredible pictures last month! Thank you to everyone for sharing your garden beauty and bounty in all its forms all season long. Thanks for sharing herbasheous, endlessframe, tankneka, trywesley, professor.furiosa,...

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...

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...

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...

September in Photos

The weather may have been unusual, to say the least, but your gardens (and photos) continue to look as beautiful as ever! We especially loved seeing how you were using your harvests–lasagna, pickles, in a pretty vase, or eaten fresh off the vine. Be sure to tag us...

Get to Know Your Gro...

Nanna Cross  is one of Land on Lincoln’s Grow2Give leaders. Learn more about her and Grow2Give below. Tell us about yourself–what are your hobbies and interests? I am a retired dietitian and have worked in the hospital and nursing homes and have also taught at the University level...

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...

30 Days of Doing is ...

Summer is winding down, but we’re already thinking ahead to 2018 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 and cook their own food!...

Get to Know Your Gro...

Kate Kasserman is one of Global Garden’s Grow2Give leaders, learn more about her and Grow2Give below! What exactly is the work that you do with Grow2Give? I co-lead Grow2Give at Global Garden with David Kodeski — I think this is our fourth year or thereabouts. We choose our crops,...

Basil at Summer̵...

With the cold weather coming into Chicagoland 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 degrees. To harvest basil,...

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...

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...

August in Photos

Your photos blew us away this month with so much garden love in so many forms (you clearly love your tomatoes)! Check out our favorites below. 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...

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....