Gardening, Watering Tips for Summer Heat

Summer's unseasonably cool, wet start has transitioned into days that are hot and sticky. What does this mean for watering your garden and harvesting crops? We check in on the WTTW garden with The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan, who demonstrates best practices for maintaining healthy crops during the dog days of summer.

Nolan shares watering tips and takes in the latest harvest on Chicago Tonight.


Take a look at some of the crops we’ve been able to harvest so far this summer. Go here to find more stories and photos about our organic garden at WTTW.

French breakfast radish

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 4

Head of lettuce, Spicy Greens, and Lettuce Mix

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 4

Red Russian kale

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 17

Tuscan/Dino kale

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 17

Hakurei turnip

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 19

Romanesco cauliflower

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 24

Purple cauliflower

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 29

Sugar snap peas

Planted: May 1

First harvested: June 29

Basil

Planted: June 4

First harvested: June 29

Chioggia beet

Planted: May 1

First harvested: July 20

Garlic (Spanish Roja)

Planted: Nov. 4, 2014

First harvested: July 20

Red cabbage

Planted: May 1

First harvested: July 20

Cayenne pepper (green)

Planted: June 4

First harvested: July 20

Tri-color bush beans

Planted: June 4

First harvested: July 29

Turkish orange eggplant

Planted: June 4

First harvested: Aug. 12

Sungold tomatoes

Planted: June 4

First harvested: Aug. 12

Gold berry tomatoes

Planted: June 4

First harvested: Aug. 12

Shishito pepper

Planted: Aug. 12

First harvested: Aug. 12

Cayenne pepper (red)

Planted: June 4

First harvested: Aug. 17

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