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...

What I’m Plant...

Summer is here in Chicagoland and, if you planted earlier this spring, most of your cool-weather crops have matured and been harvested, leaving open spaces in your plot. Others may be just about ready to pick. Or maybe you are starting your garden for the first time this season and are unsure...

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 ...

8.4. 2018 GrowUptown is open! 7.27.2018 Update Soil is mostly in, and we’re waiting for the joints of the pavers to get filled with sand and compacted. Since the garden isn’t quite ready to open, we’ve moved Grewbie 101 back a week to Saturday, August 4th. Click here to sign...

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...