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....

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...

Kale: Harvesting, Co...

Kale is one of the most versatile greens to grow, as it can be used in anything from stews to salads, in chips, and even smoothies! Kale is a member of the brassica family, and can have different flavors depending on what time of year it is harvested. The leaves are mild in spring and early...

Get to Know Your Gro...

Ellen Youniss  is one of Land on Lincoln’s Grow2Give leaders, learn more about her and Grow2Give below! Tell me about yourself? What are your hobbies and interests? I have been with the Peterson Garden Project since its first year back, which (I think) was 2010. I have been volunteering...

July in Photos

The gardens were just bursting with beauty last month, and we loved all of the pictures you shared with us! We highlighted some of our favorites (though it was hard to choose!) below. We have to give a shout-out to all the fun gnomes we’ve been spotting this summer, too. The gnomes are...

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...

Seed Starting for Fa...

Although we’re just picking our first tomatoes, it’s already time to think about starting seeds for fall harvests. Starting seeds in mid-July is largely the same as starting seeds in early spring, but keep in mind: Many homes are a little warmer now with the summer heat, so seeds...

Get to Know Your Gro...

Ashley Luciani is Vedgewater’s Grow2Give leader, learn more about her and Grow2Give below! Tell me about yourself? What are your hobbies and interests? I started my transition of working in retail to working in urban agriculture around 2013. I was employed by an awesome Wine and Cheese...

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...

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...