Welcome to Homegrown, WTTW's organic garden! We've planted the seeds for an urban garden right outside our windows here in Albany Park, Chicago, and we invite you to join us as we try to get it growing in the coming months. Our mission is to create an affordable, productive organic garden, and we hope you'll visit this site often to learn along with us, whether you're in the city or the suburbs. Together, we'll learn how to build and plant a fertile garden, ask questions of expert organic gardener Jeanne Nolan, share photos and videos of our progress as we go, find solutions to common gardening problems, and explore other gardens all over town. So, get your shovel, soil and seeds ready...and let's dig!

The cold, wet summer has made it a difficult season for tomatoes, according to Jeanne Nolan.

“Tomatoes don’t like too much water or cold weather,” Nolan said. “There have been some nights that have dropped down into the 50s.”

Nolan, along with The Organic Gardener coworkers Adrienne Detanico and Stephanie Drozd, said they have seen many tomato plants struggle this season in gardens they tend to.