Time for mid-season ...

For many fruits and vegetables, the beginning of summer is the beginning of vigorous growth and production – which takes quite a lot of nutrients to sustain. To give your plants what they need to produce those gorgeous tomatoes, zucchini and kale, they will likely need a boost. You have a few...

Squash Vine Borers

Did your squash plants suddenly wilt? Chances are, squash vine borers are to blame. These larvae burrow in the stems, cutting off the water supply to the plant. If you can find them while they’re still small, you can often remove them and the plant will heal, continuing with production...

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...

June in Photos

Gardens are in full swing in June, and we’re loving all your beautiful harvests and the delicious meals you make with them! 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 favorites...

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...

What To Plant Now

This month fast-growing, cool-weather crops such as bok choy, radishes, broccoli raab (rapini), spinach, lettuce, and arugula are ready to harvest. While spinach, arugula, and some varieties of lettuce are considered ‘cut-and-come-again’ (meaning you can collect multiple harvests...

Lettuce Explain: A G...

Have you noticed that there are different types of lettuce out there? Lettuce can be grouped into one of several main growth types – looseleaf, bibb (sometimes called boston or butterhead), romaine (cos), batavian (also called summercrisp), and iceberg (crisphead). You may notice leaf...

May in Photos

Despite some crazy weather (or maybe thanks to it), the gardens have taken off this month! We’ve loved seeing all your photos as you’ve been planting and enjoying your first spring harvests. Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject...

Thinning for Fat Veg...

If you direct-seeded earlier this spring or purchased plants at a nursery, it may be time to thin your seedlings! Thinning seedlings is an important task for maintaining plant health and ensuring plants have enough room to reach harvest size. Thinned seedlings have more space for air...

May 2017 Garden Work...

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers (including our new Garden Ranger!) who came out on last weekend’s gorgeous, warm holiday weekend to help pull weeds, repair beds, tidy up and generally keep the garden looking awesome. Check out some of our favorite pictures from the day. Want to...

Growing Tomatoes

For many gardeners, nothing can beat the flavor of a sun-warmed homegrown tomato, picked at the peak of ripeness.  With many tomato varieties taking about three months to produce the first fruit, it’s no wonder there are many tips and tricks for those anxious to grow the perfect plant....

Feasts of Resistance

Resistance doesn’t only take the form of protests and marches—it’s in the food we share, the stories we tell, the gardens we grow. Food shapes culture and conflict shapes food—that’s the premise of our Feasts of Resistance class series as we explore, cook, and eat iconic...

Ready, Set, Grow!

PGP gardens are open for 2017 (our eighth season!), and we can’t wait to see what you grow! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your photos with us on Facebook. We’ll share our favorites here each month and on social media...

#GnomeDependence

ARE YOU A GNOME OWNER? Register for the competition HERE We have prizes lined up from Factory Theater, Smack Dab Chicago Bakery, Orange Theory, a private dinner in The Garden, and more! Don’t own a gnome yet, or still need to decorate? RAM Art Studio, 6054 N. Broadway, has you covered!...

First 2017 Garden Wo...

Thanks to all (more than 100!) of the amazing volunteers who came out on last weekend’s gorgeous, warm Saturday to help get gardens ready, repair beds, tidy up and show the weeds who’s boss! Check out some of our favorite pictures from the day. Want to share your photos? Tag us...