We pride ourselves on our selection of high quality herbs, vegetables, and fruit (including numerous varieties of tomato and basil plants, melons, peppers, savory herbs and spices, as well as many varieties of lettuces, kales, and even citrus trees). Most of our plants come from local growers, many of whom grow exclusively for us, allowing us to offer a selection that uniquely reflects the diverse tastes of the Chicago community.
Fruit-Trees are available in the Gethsemane Tree & Shrub Department. Citrus trees and bushes can be found in the Gethsemane Greenhouse.
We are excited to welcome all members of the Peterson Garden Project
Edible Plant List
While our list changes from year to year, the quality of our material does not. Please note that these lists are by no means all that we grow and we are constantly testing out new varieties. Supplies may not last, especially post Father’s Day, so call ahead if you are interested in something specific.
Select fruit and vegetable planting guides are available for download on our Resource Guide page.
For more information, we recommend the following references and websites:
For information on our local zone hardiness – see the USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Zone Map
For help with planning your edible garden:
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac has an updated Frost Chart available online as well as list of the best dates for planting transplants in our region and the current spring planting dates for Chicago. – Please note that these are approximate dates derived from previous weather patterns and the location of the moon. The Old Farmer’s Almanac estimates that these dates are about 50% accurate, but should provide you with some general guidance.
- Seed Savers Exchange has a very helpful garden planner available for a modest yearly subscription fee of $25.
- Johnny’s Seeds supplies a number of free tools including a Seed Calculator, a Target Harvest Date Calculator, a Fall Planting Calculator, a Seed Starting Date Calculator, and a Succession Planting Calculator
- The University of Illinois Extension offers a guide on Small Fruit Crops for the Backyard
- How to Plant and Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden
- Vegetable Gardening Online
For help with edible gardens in raised beds and containers:
- How To Do Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens
- How to Make a Raised Bed Garden
- Growing Vegetables in Containers
- Container Vegetable Gardening
- From the University of Illinois Extension – Making Herb and Vegetable Containers
For care and maintenance of your edible garden:
- Vegetable Garden Maintenance
- Insects and Diseases of Plants: A Photo Gallery of Insect Pests, Plant Diseases
- Pest Control Library
- The University of Illinois Extension offers a useful guide to Common Problems for Vegetable Crops
For tips on when to harvest your crops: