Vegetable Gardening

  • Make Room For Kale
    Finally shaking its reputation as a lowly salad bar garnish, kale has become trendy – in the kitchen and the garden. You can grow kale in almost any zone, and even compact gardens have room for kale – it’s just a matter of choosing the right variety.
  • Be Bold! Grow Vegetables in Your Front Yard!
    Upgrading your front yard to a vegetable garden is sure to raise a few eyebrows, but if you do it right, you'll impress the skeptics.
  • Our Front-Yard Vegetable Garden
    Plans for our urban garden: a front-yard showcase of vegetables and edible flowers.
  • Plans for Small-Space Vegetable Gardens
    If you have a small-space garden, consider these pre-planned gardens, which are based on square-foot gardening techniques. Each set of five plans is available in PDF; download the set that matches the size of your garden:
  • Small Tomato Plants with Big Flavor
    How do you find tomatoes that thrive in smaller spaces yet still produce abundant, delicious fruit? A group of dedicated seed-savers has found the answer.
  • Cucumbers in Containers
    Although cucumbers have sprawling vines, you can grow them in containers. The key is to choose a compact variety and train those vines up a trellis.
  • Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce
    Start with a great basic recipe for tomato sauce. Then, customize it to make your own specialty of the house.
  • How to Start Seeds
    Growing plants from seed is a great way to start gardening earlier in the season. With the right light and some simple equipment, it's easy to grow from seed to harvest.
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
    How to grow your own vegetables and keep your plants healthy and vigorous.
  • When to Start Your Seeds
    Learn how to create a seed-starting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • How to Grow Asparagus
    If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting an asparagus bed planted.
  • Fertilizer Basics
    Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. This article covers the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden.
  • How to Grow Microgreens
    With just a few simple items, you can grow microgreens at home. It only takes a few weeks to harvest your first crop, and you can do it all on a sunny windowsill.
  • Top Crops for Small Vegetable Gardens
    Growing a small garden is like living in a small house: it is not as easy as it looks. Choose the right plants and you'll have a bountiful harvest.
  • When is it Warm Enough to Plant?
    If you want to get your vegetable garden off to a fast start, you need to plant your seeds in soil that's warm enough to ensure good germination.
  • Season-Extending Techniques
    By using a few simple season-extending techniques and plant-protection devices, you can shield your plants from extremes of weather, and stretch your gardening season by two, three or even six months.
  • Protect Your Garden From Deer
    Techniques for repelling deer.
  • Weed Control
    Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • Choosing the Right Mulch for Vegetable Gardens
    There are dozens of techniques for mulching your vegetable garden. For best results, match the mulch to the crop, weather conditions and soil.
  • Double Your Harvest with Second Plantings
    Once temperatures have cooled down in early fall, it's time to plant all over again for a second harvest that will be ready by early winter.
  • Keeper Crops
    How to store the summer harvest for the winter kitchen.
  • Secrets to Great Soil
    How to make sure your soil is rich in beneficial micro-organisms that keep plants thriving, pest-free and beautiful.
  • Eight Steps to a Water-Wise Garden
    It's possible to dramatically reduce your consumption of water, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
  • How to Work With Nature to Minimize Pest and Disease Problems
    How to work with nature to control pests and diseases, and enjoy a healthier garden and harvest.
  • How To: Fruits
    How to grow fruits and berries in your own backyard.
  • Herb Gardens
    A comprehensive guide to growing herbs.
  • Container Gardening
    How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • HowTo: Greenhouse
    How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.
  • Troubleshooting Tomato Problems
    What's wrong with my tomatoes? Learn how to diagnose and treat tomato problems.
  • Garden Fabric, Row Covers
    Guide for using fabric row covers to protect your plants from cold, sun or pests.
  • Harvest Bushels of Potatoes From a Raised Bed in Just 9 sq. ft.
    The results from our test garden.
  • Pruning Tomatoes
    Left on their own, tomatoes will grow into shrubby, multi-stemmed plants that topple under the weight of their fruit. Proper pruning will help prevent this problem.
  • Gardening Techniques for Dry Weather
    Techniques to help plants survive periods when rainfall is insufficient.
  • How Plants Climb
    Climbing plants climb in particular ways: some wrap, some adhere, and some curl. Learn to recognize which plants do what, so you can choose the right kind of trellis or support.
  • Tomato Support Techniques
    Clever ideas for supporting tomato vines
  • Quick, Easy Techniques for Preserving the Harvest
    If you find yourself with more vegetables than time, here are a few of the super-quick, after-work solutions for saving some of summer's bounty for cold winter days.
  • How to Freeze or Dry Herbs
    You can enjoy your herb garden harvest all year with one of several easy techniques.
  • Urban Gardening with Vegetables
    If you are new to growing vegetables in containers, or have had limited success, here are a few tips to help you succeed.
  • Rain Barrel How-To
    Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • Easy Seeds for Beginners
    Starting seeds for the first time? Here's a list of seeds that are quick to germinate and don't require a lot of extra fussing.
  • How to Choose Trellises and Supports for Climbing Plants
    Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • Using the Potato Grow Bag
    How to grow potatoes using the Potato Grow Bag.
  • Backyard Berries
    Berries and other so-called small fruits generally don't require as much space as full-size fruit trees, and by growing several different types, you can enjoy home-grown fruit from early summer through late fall.
  • How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes
    How can you prevent late blight on tomatoes? Unfortunately, there's no silver bullet for late blight. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
  • Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators
    Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • How To Grow Salad Greens All Year
    Too many gardeners plant salad greens just once a year. By planting continuously and thinking creatively about how to establish microclimates, it’s surprisingly easy to eat beautiful, delicious, home-grown salads almost every day of the year.
  • Beneficial Bugs
    Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • How to Recognize Plant Stress
    Sometimes when plants look sick or appear to be under attack by insects, the symptoms are actually a sign that the plant is being stressed by environmental factors. Here are some common symptoms of stress and the conditions that cause them.
  • How to Harvest, Cure and Store Onions
    When stored correctly in their own papery wrappers, some types of onions will maintain their quality for as long as a year.
  • How to Help Your Crops Endure Hot Weather
    Hot weather is tougher on plants than it is on people. It’s easy to understand why, when you consider that our bodies contain about 60 percent water and most plants are 85 to 90 percent water.
  • Watch: Making Caramelized Onions
    If you have an abundance of onions, make caramelized onions and store them in your freezer.
  • How to Cook Potatoes
    How to choose the best cooking techniques for the variety you have.
  • Watch: How to Plant and Harvest the Potato Grow Bag
    The Potato Grow Bag is a specialized fabric "pot" that makes it possible to grow potatoes in almost any sunny location — even on a deck or a porch.
  • Using Weed Fabric
    Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • Protecting Berries from Birds
    If you're trying to keep birds from your crops, any scare device will work for a few days. But the most effective technique is exclusion.
  • How to Use Super Hoops
    Use Super Hoops to support garden fabric, row covers, shade netting and bird netting. Protect your crops from pests, insects, diseases and extreme weather.
  • All About Potato Varieties
    How to understand the differences between potato types and what you can expect in the kitchen.
  • How to Calculate Soil Volume in Raised Beds
    Use the Soil Calculator to determine how much soil you need to fill your raised bed.
  • Growing Berries and Asparagus in Raised Beds
    Dreaming of a backyard berry patch? An asparagus bed? Start with a raised bed. A raised bed isolates the perennial crop from invasive weeds and grasses that might creep into the growing area. All have shallow roots that don't compete well with weeds and that can be damaged by aggressive weeding tools.
  • Why Our Grow Bags are Better
    Patented fabric air-prunes and aerates roots. Handles make them easy to move. Reusable, year after year. Made in USA.
  • How to Grow Beans
    Beans are one of the easiest crops to grow in a home garden. Plant a bean seed, and it will almost certainly grow and produce a generous crop with little effort on the part of the gardener.
  • Keeping the Harvest
    Learn to store and preserve the foods you grow.
  • Make Your Own Pesto
    If basil is part of your herb garden,make pesto part of your pantry with these recipes.
  • The Top 5 Watering Myths
    During the hottest part of the summer, it’s especially important to make the most of every drop of water. With so much information available it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Learn the five common myths about watering.
  • How to Make Roasted Tomatoes
    A simple technique brings out flavor in the backyard harvest.
  • Pruning Raspberries
    In summer, most berries demand nothing more than picking. But when it comes to raspberries, some pruning sets the stage for bountiful berries again next year.
  • Making Pepper Jelly
    Preserving in jars is simple and foolproof.
  • About the Aquacorner System
    Raised beds are the easiest and most productive way to garden. They're easier to plant, tend and harvest than in-ground beds — and now they're easier to water, too.
  • About Our Snip-n-Drip Garden Watering Systems
    Water is the key to a healthy, productive garden. With our Snip-n-Drip automatic watering system, you can get water directly to the plants, without wasting a single drop. It makes irrigation easy, whether you have a large garden with rows or a few raised beds.
  • Early Season Pruning
    Pruning is a perfect chore for late-winter and early spring because most trees and shrubs are dormant. What's more, it's the time of year when there are few gardening tasks on your list.
  • How to Grow Leeks
    Leeks are easy to grow. They require little to no attention and are generally pest-free.
  • Good Question!
    Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Watch: How to Plant Bare-root Raspberries
    Learn how to plant raspberries in a step-by-step slideshow.
  • Growing Citrus in Planters
    You don't have to reside in the Sunbelt to grow citrus. Dwarf varieties are well-suited to containers, allowing gardeners everywhere to enjoy the benefits of homegrown citrus trees.
  • Making Perfect Pickles
    I'm passionate about pickles. That's why caring for my cucumber crop tops my list of garden chores. And to me, there is nothing worse than a soggy, limp, crunch-less pickle. My biggest goal is to make sure they stay crisp!
  • How to Tell When Melons are Ripe
    The trick to harvesting melons is figuring out when that moment of peak flavor occurs, because each type of melon displays different sorts of clues to its ripeness. Learn how to tell when your melons are just right.
  • Heirlooms to Grow
    By planting heirloom varieties, you can start a tradition of seed-saving in your garden. Start with a few selections chosen by Diane Ott Whealy, one of the founders of the Seed Savers Exchange, who shares some of her favorite vegetables, fruits and flowers.
  • Edible Landscaping
    Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen.
  • Custom Designs for Raised Beds
    How to build custom shapes with Raised Bed Corners and In-Line Connectors.
  • Flowers You Can Eat
    Learn how to grow and harvest edible flowers.
  • When to Water Your Plants
    Does my houseplant need water? When is it time to water the vegetable garden? To know when to water, you have to check the soil.
  • How to Choose Potting Soil
    Our garden-tested potting mixes are formulated to guarantee great results.
  • Planting Plans for Elevated Raised Beds
    We asked kitchen garden expert Ellen Ecker Ogden to come up with planting plans for a couple of our Elevated Raised Beds. The results, both beautiful and delicious, are here.
  • Do-it-Yourself Patio Projects
    Find inspiration for updating your patio, adding curb appeal, drought-proofing your landscape, and other do-it-yourself projects. Our videos and slideshows offer step-by-step, how-to information on creative, easy and affordable ways to transform your living space.
  • Growing Herbs in Pots and Planters
    Two theme gardens showcase herbs, edible flowers and greens. When planted in elevated raised beds, the harvest is at a comfortable height, and often the planter can be set up right outside the kitchen door.
  • Watch: Growing Microgreens from Seed to Harvest
    Petite microgreens are wonderfully delicious and nutritious — and expensive unless you grow them yourself. Watch how easy it is.
  • Moon Gardening
    Proponents suggest that, just as the moon's gravitational pull affects the tides, it also has a more subtle but still relevant effect on soil moisture, pulling it toward the soil surface. If this is true, then perhaps more moisture near the soil surface could improve germination.
  • How to Build an Herb Spiral
    What's an "herb spiral"? Imagine a long garden row, about 25 feet long. Then, take that row and coil it around and upward into a spiral. This spiral now has the length of a row, but it only occupies a circle that's 6 feet in diameter.
  • Cocktail Gardening
    Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • Watering Plants While on Away
    Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're away, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Savory Tarts
    Great recipes for savory tarts, made with garden-fresh ingredients. Tarts include: Tarragon-Carrot Tart, Caramelized French Onion Tart and Roasted Vegetable Tart.
  • Make your own herb-infused syrups
    Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • The Harvest Homestretch
    In the vegetable garden, late summer is the seventh-inning stretch; time to step back and make strategy: How do I make the most of the remaining season? What's working and what needs help? Here are a few tips from an old pro on how to score big in the end.
  • Soups
    Spring and summer harvests make for great for salads, but nothing enhances the flavor of a fall bounty like soup.
  • A Guide to Making Pickles, Sauerkraut and Other Fermented Foods
    Learn how to make your own pickles, sauerkraut and other preserved foods. Specially designed crocks make it easy.
  • Recipes for Pickles, Sauerkraut and Kimchi
    Step-by-step instructions for delicious pickled and fermented foods.
  • The Basics of Gardening in Raised Beds
    No time for a traditional, in-ground vegetable garden? A raised bed is a shortcut to a plentiful harvest, even in the first year.
  • Introducing the GrowEase Seed Starter Kit
    The GrowEase Seed Starter Kit is a convenient, self-watering system.
  • Growing Older, Growing Smarter
    Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • Create a Garden at Your Doorstep
    With well-designed, innovative pots, planters and raised beds, you can cultivate a healthy, homegrown, freshest-ever harvest, just steps from your kitchen.
  • Homemade Salad Dressing
    Simple, homemade dressings enhance the flavors in just-picked salad greens.
  • Fresh Ideas for Green Beans
    When backyard beans are plentiful, use these recipes and techniques to ensure that you'll never tire of another harvest.
  • Preserve Tomato Flavor in Jars
    Use April McGreger's recipes to concentrate the essence of fresh tomatoes into condiments that deliver a burst of intense tomato flavor—and make the most of space in the pantry.
  • What to Do With Green Tomatoes
    Frying isn't the only option. Tart and firm, green tomatoes hold up well in long-cooked relishes and chutneys.
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  • Building Healthy Soil
    How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • Gardening Under Lights
    Use lights to grow an abundance of stocky, green seedlings or pamper indoor flowering plants. The right lights will keep them blooming almost year-round.
  • Garlic
    Growing garlic is easy and rewarding. The only tricky part is that in most areas of the US, you plant garlic in the fall for harvest the next summer.
  • Grow Carrots in a Grow Bag
    Using our Grow Bags, you can grow a crop of crisp, sweet carrots almost anywhere.
  • Seed-Starting FAQs
    Expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about starting plants from seed.
  • Cooking with Pumpkin
    The magnificent pumpkin is perhaps the most iconographic reminder that a new season is upon us. Put a pumpkin on your front porch and you’re ready to celebrate the season. But what about bringing pumpkins from the porch into the kitchen?
  • Six Ways to Accelerate Your Tomato Harvest
    With the start of each growing season, gardeners across the country look forward to the thrill of picking their first ripe tomatoes. Here are six ways to get a jump on the growing season and shorten the wait for those first juicy fruits.
  • Make Your Own Chutney
    One of my favorite “preserves” is an easy and delicious chutney, using a recipe from my mother-in-law, Brenda, who lives in Bath, England. Chutney is a staple over there and my English husband and I make vats of “Mum’s Chutney” to use throughout the year.
  • Extend the Harvest by Sowing Seeds in Summer
    Planting fall crops is a great way to get the most out of your garden space and increase your harvest. With just a little planning, you can extend the harvest long into the fall and even winter.
  • Shred Your Leaves
    Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.
  • Asparagus Recipes
    How to cook with just-picked asparagus, including recipes for a savory tart, roasted asparagus, chive sauce and asparagus soup.
  • Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales
    Think of the straw bale as a large container with a volume of 40 gallons. Unlike a planter filled with soil, the bale is transformed into a partially composted mass of organic matter that's teeming with life.