PGP is Growing ̵...

PGP is growing! And we’re not just talking about tomatoes – we’re bringing a brand new, permanent, edible community garden to Uptown that will expand our education and food access programs to the community. GrowUptown is about providing more: more space for the community...

New Stone Soup Cooki...

Many of us are familiar with the folk story of stone soup: a stranger arrives in a new town and says, “I will make the most delicious soup out of water and a single stone, and it will be enough to feed the whole town.” Each towns-person ends up contributing one ingredient to the...

May in Photos

In May, your gardens started coming alive as the weather warmed up. We particularly loved seeing the first harvests of spring greens and stunning radishes! Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject or share your photos with us on Facebook. We’ll...

Chive Flower and Her...

While flowering lettuce may be a sign that your lettuce is nearing the end of its life cycle, flowering chives are a delicious garden treat in their own right! Chive flowers are the tasty purple flowers that bloom on your chive plant around the end of May. They have a light onion-y flavor and...

Lettuce Explain Bolt...

Are your lettuce plants suddenly very tall? They may be bolting! This is when they send up a long flower stalk to begin the next stage of their lives – seed production! At this point, the leaves will be a little less sweet or even bitter, but you can still pick them off the flower stalk...

Success with Beans

If you’ve had trouble with bean production, take note! 1. Decide what kind of beans you’d like to eat: String beans: these are typical “green beans or snap beans” and eaten whole in the pod, before the seeds have fully matured inside. They have at least one string per...

Good Start for Seedl...

Transplanting seedlings can be a bit of a shock for young plants, but you can ease the transition to your garden by keeping them outside, but in their pots for a few days. This hardening-off process will help the seedlings adjust to brighter outdoor light, stronger wind, and temperature...

2018 Plant Sale List...

Join Peterson Garden Project April 21-22 and May 4-6 for our annual Organic Edible Plant Sale geared toward urban and small-space gardeners and offering items you won’t see anywhere else in Chicago. Buy organic plants, seeds, books, tools, compost, fertilizer, and more — everything...

April in Photos

In April, you welcomed spring (cold as it was), garden opening day, and the first of PGP’s two plant sales! We particularly loved seeing all the little hands getting dirty and helping in the garden. Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @petersongarden or #petersongardenproject...

Spring Garden Prep

Whether you’re growing in a raised bed or in the soil, the surface of your garden might look like this is in the spring: Left uncovered throughout the winter, soil can take on a grayish appearance and pebbles may graze the surface. Weeds will start to pop up and the soil level may be a...

April Classes &...

Happy spring! The sun is shining, birds are singing, days are getting longer, and we’re ready to get our hands dirty in the gardens–and we know you are, too. There’s a lot to learn and do this month, from planning your edible garden to volunteering at our first workday of...

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. In these hand-on cooking classes,...

March Classes &...

March is a busy month at PGP! Whether you’re ready to get your garden started in our seed-starting class or you want to cook up some delicious dumplings at our Community Cooking School, there’s something for all ages and interests on our March calendar! Looking for something...

Community Gardening:...

by Dr. Molly Doane On October 19th, 2017 The Field Museum, in collaboration with Chicago Ideas Week, facilitated a photo exhibit and conversation concerning urban gardening in Chicago, in which the Peterson Garden Project was highlighted. During the event, Dr. Alaka Wali, Cultural...

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,...