Five (Make That 10) Heirloom Tomatoes We Can’t Live Without

Each year when the garden season ends my husband, Peter, and I have a conversation about cutting back on our gardening activities. We have a resolve. An agreement. A decision has been made. And then gardening season rolls back around...

“Let Mommy get the feel of it…” (Kitchen Inspiration)

My first memories are of garden and kitchen with Father and Mother respectively. On the kitchen front, Mother tells me that my favorite thing was sitting on the kitchen floor with a pan and a wooden spoon for musical or culinary reasons. She also said I chattered a lot to myself – or maybe I

Grow2Give

This post first appeared on We Can Grow It. I’m proud to say that when Peterson Garden Project started in 2010, we were committed to growing food for others. Five seasons later, this program has really blossomed under the care of of dedicated leadership and volunteers. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ At this time of year, we often think of what

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Food Gardening Advice To Go

The Garden Minute provides basic food garden instruction that you can watch on your smart phone or on your computer.

Feeling Corny

The third annual Peterson Garden Project plant sale was this past weekend. Aside from being our major annual fundraiser, it is a chance for our creative leadership team to have some fun. Case in point – The Cornettes were with us on Saturday, May 10 to spread some cheer. And our “Garden Mom” Barb was running

Gardening with History

As you may know, our original garden at Peterson and Campbell was a WW2 Victory Garden. Our name "Peterson Garden" comes from that location. The "Project" part stems from our desire to use the WW2 model to see if it would work in our age. And we learned quickly, at that first garden in 2010, that our goal of getting neighbors together on short-term land to grow, learn and connect was a good one. Worked in the 1940's - works now!

15 Tips for Trough Planters

Troughs, also known as stock tanks, make a great and attractive alternative to wooden raised beds. They're easy to use (no building required!) and cost-wise not a bad investment as they will last forever and keep burrowing animals out. If you pick one 36" or higher, they'll also keep bunnies out, too

In Chicago on March 15th?

If you are, come say HI at the Good Food Festival and Conference! Peterson Garden Project and Chicago Foodies will be hosting our third annual seed swap in the Commons area (just outside the entrance to the trade show). It is a lot of fun! Bring seeds to share if you have them – if

A Gardening Lesson From WW2: Keep It Simple Stupid

My father was in the Occupied Forces of Japan during WW2 and that experience influenced his life profoundly… he had a lot of wartime expressions peppering his conversations (and a few fun songs too, like this). He particularly liked mentioning the KISS Principal (keep it simple stupid) when I tended to complicate things. Of course,

The Accidental Food Patriot

I’ve been quiet for the past months, dear readers, because a sad, sad thing happened. My beloved father – who taught me how to garden, how to be a good person and never let me get off the phone without saying how much he loved me – died in April. He fell off a roof.