Friday, May 22, 2015

Rooftop Open Hours

Core El Centro welcomes everyone to come and visit the Rooftop garden. There is a lot  to see, like the growing strawberries and the chamomile that is literately everywhere. The Rooftop is open Monday during the farmers market thru Saturday at noon. There is always someone in the Rooftop working on the garden.
There is always sometime new in the rooftop; plants are always sprouting.

Rooftop Hours    

The rooftop is open 6 days a week.

Monday- 4:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday- 9:00-11:00 am
Wednesday- 9:00-12 pm
Thursday- 4:00-6:00 pm
Friday-5:00-7:00 pm
Saturday-10:00-12:00 pm

The rooftop is alive with vivid colors and 50 shades of green. The aura of the rooftop will give you the peace and quiet you been looking for. With a great view of the city you will fall in love with the rooftop. Come and bring your friends there is always something growing in the garden.

Core El Centro Rooftop Garden is located @ 130 S. Bruce St, 5th floor 


Written by Jackie (Garden Intern)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

City Livin' 

Did you think you would ever find chickens in the city? As of July of 2011, you can own chickens in Milwaukee! We are grateful for the chickens that reside at Pete's Community Garden and the life they bring to the area. Below are some helpful tips when caring for chickens!

When choosing a breed, take into account Milwaukee's chilly winters. Some cold climate breeds include: 
  • Plymouth Rocks
  • Wyandottes
  • Chanteclers
  • Orpingtons
  • Langshans
  • Sussexes
Plymouth and Wyandottes are also great egg laying breeds as well. Owning chickens will provide you with the freshest eggs possible. Fresh eggs have a stronger taste and a more orange colored yolk.

Your chickens must have a place to live! Chicken coups must be large enough to give each chicken at least 16 square feet and must cleaned often. Also, be sure to secure the chickens inside the coup at night so that they are protected from predators.

Chickens will eat just about anything. I know they thought some of the things we planted tasted pretty good. In addition to the complete organic feed we give them, they really enjoy fruits and vegetables. It is also very important to make sure they have enough water. Especially when the summer weather gets hot!

Have any further questions about chicken permits or care? Visit the Milwaukee page at, the My Pet Chicken guide at or stop by the garden during our open hours and we'll be happy to answer them. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Early Harvest

May is the perfect time to start planting seed but it is also time of harvesting some leafy greens. Your joking right? Not Necessarily!

Started the season fairly early with the use of a cold frame. We sowed arugula seeds was in late February to early-March and have we have already harvested the arugula twice this year.

Using a cold frame you can start sowing seeds earlier in the year and have the advantage of harvesting early. Or extend the end of the season by a few weeks in November. Similarly you can also cover some plant, like Kale, over the winter in a cold frame for it to seed in the spring of next year. Either way it becomes a great tool to have.

Here is a link on how we built our own cold frame from scrap parts and some hardware:
How to Build a Cool Frame

P.S. To use it for overwintering plants, make sure to take into consideration of the height of the plants.