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Jeanne Nolan first appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program to discuss the launch of her book, From the Ground Up, in 2013. But her visit inspired a larger partnership – why not build an organic edible garden right there at the WTTW Albany Park studios? As Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW would serve as an ideal medium for sharing basic gardening how-to with its many local viewers using this on-site garden as a teaching model. The idea was to create an affordable, productive organic vegetable garden that anyone – urban or suburban – could recreate in their own backyard.

In 2014, Jeanne and the TOG crew worked closely with the WTTW team to design, plan, and maintain two raised beds at the studio. WTTW employees enjoy the harvest, and Jeanne visits regularly to film season-specific garden segments for Chicago Tonight.

The WTTW team has created a robust website documenting the progress of their “Homegrown” garden, archiving all of the Chicago Tonight segments, viewer questions, and more. They’ve also shared excellent resources on how to DIY the entire project on your own, listing out costs, materials, and tips for the raised beds, coldframe, and other elements. Check out the Homegrown site to learn more, and watch Jeanne’s segments below.




2017

April 18, 2017 – Get Your Garden Set for Spring Planting


May 9, 2017 – Cool, Wet Weather Ideal for Spring Planting


May 25, 2017 – Tips for Terrific Tomatoes, from Soil Prep to Staking


June 29, 2017 – Summer Gardening: How to Maximize Your Crops


July 18, 2017 – Techniques for Harvesting Your Garden



2016

April 28, 2016 – Cool-Weather Crops & Hot Reasons to Grow Your Own


May 24, 2016 – Strategies for Container Gardening in Chicago


June 28, 2016 – 1st Summer Harvest Finds Organic Garden Thriving


August 1, 2016 – Tips for Midsummer Gardens


September 1, 2016 – Harvesting at the WTTW Organic Garden


October 18, 2016 – Last of Summer Crops Come Out, Winter Planting Begins


2015

April 8, 2015 – Getting the Garden Ready


May 7, 2015 – First Planting of the Season


June 4, 2015 – Planting Summer Crops


June 29, 2015 – Wet Start to Summer Does Little to Dampen Growth in WTTW Garden


July 20, 2015 – Harvesting of Summer Crops Continues


August 17, 2015 – Gardening, Watering Tips for Summer Heat


September 22, 2015 – Approach of Fall Does Little to Deter Garden’s Growth


October 15, 2015 – Lengthening the Gardening Season


November 16, 2015 – Wrapping Up the Gardening Season


2014

June 25, 2014 – Jeanne Nolan, Chicago Tonight Go Organic


July 21, 2014 – Jeanne Nolan Talks Garden Tips


August 5, 2014 – In the Garden with Jeanne Nolan


September 4, 2014 – Jeanne Nolan Talks Garden Pests, Problems


October 1, 2014 – Extending the Gardening Season


November 25, 2014 – Final Harvest of the Year