This season, the WTTW organic garden has been a prolific producer: several heads of lettuce, bundles of kale, and half a dozen bulbs of garlic have been harvested, among other crops.

Some other fruits and vegetables have just reached maturity and are now ready for picking.

Tri-color bush beans harvested on Wednesday, July 29.

The hot, humid weather in Chicago has caused an explosion of growth in the WTTW garden. While the majority of the crops are thriving from this weather, one plant appears to be withering. Will it bounce back?

The WTTW organic vegetable garden is thriving this summer despite all the rain and fluctuations in temperature. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan joins us to harvest mid-summer crops. She’ll also give us some tips on what vegetables can still be planted at this point in the season.

We intentionally planted the crops in our organic vegetable garden in close proximity, but some crops have started crowding out others.

The Organic Gardener maintenance crew helped us remedy this issue and explained why our more than 6-foot tall sugar snap pea plant is starting to yellow.

The unseasonably wet start to the summer has done little to dampen growth in the WTTW garden.

The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan is back with an update from our vegetable patch and some answers to viewer questions.

Now that the temperature has warmed up, we’re ready to plant the seeds and transplants for our summer crops.

The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan visits our garden to help us plant our latest round of viewer selected crops and check in on the crops we planted a month ago.

Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, including the beginning of the summer planting season. If you didn’t get your summer crops planted over the holiday weekend, there’s still plenty of time for you to plant, according to The Organic Gardener.

Jeanne Nolan shares her tips with us for planting warm weather crops ahead of our planned Thursday, June 4 planting.

The first seeds and transplants have been planted in the WTTW organic vegetable garden. While these crops continue to grow, we are asking viewers to help us select our summer crops.

Based on recommendations from Jeanne Nolan, The Organic Gardener, we’re asking viewers to decide which types of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and basil we’ll grow. Voting is open through May 18.

On Friday, May 1, Chicago Tonight staff rolled up their sleeves to plant the first round of crops in the WTTW garden with The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan. Crops included plants selected by viewers and a few by The Organic Gardener. 

While we just wrapped up planting our first round of crops, we’re already looking ahead to our summer planting. Once again we’re asking viewers to help us select some of the crops based on Nolan’s recommendations.

Gardening season is just around the corner. To help us prepare for the upcoming season, The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan stops by our garden and studio. 

Last summer, we began our garden with the help of Nolan and her staff. We relied on their expertise to choose which crops to plant. This year we’re asking viewers to help us choose some of the crops we’ll grow.

Thanksgiving is only two days away, and with the help of The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan, we’ll be able to take our remaining crops—Brussels sprouts, beets, rainbow carrots, and the mix of greens growing under our season extension—from the garden to the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to clean up the WTTW garden and remove the remaining summer plants.

The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan and Adrienne Detanico stop by to help our garden transition into the next season, as well as plant one more crop. 

The gardening season has come to an end for most of our summer crops, but that doesn’t mean we’re done gardening until next spring. With the help of The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan, we will be able to extend the gardening season and get a jumpstart on next spring.

While the season had come to an end for many of the sunflowers in our garden, we allowed them to continue to grow in the south garden bed, so we could enjoy them a bit longer.

But that was cut short when a hungry critter decided to have a sunflower snack.

The season has come to an end for our zucchini and nearly all of our tomato plants.

The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan and maintenance crew member Adrienne Detanico help clean up our garden.

Many of the vegetables in our garden are done or nearly done for the season. But there are a handful of crops that can still be harvested, including tomatoes and kale.

In addition, there are some vegetables we planted in June that have yet to be harvested.