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Vegetable Gardening

  • 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.
  • How to grow fruits and berries in your own backyard.
  • 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.
  • How to work with nature to control pests and diseases, and enjoy a healthier garden and harvest.
  • How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • How to grow your own vegetables and keep your plants healthy and vigorous.
  • How to propagate, care for and harvest herbs.
  • 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.
  • Use Super Hoops to support garden fabric, row covers, shade netting and bird netting. Protect your crops from pests, insects, diseases and extreme weather.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to grow and harvest edible flowers.
  • 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.
  • Making pesto is a wonderful way to preserve the summer's basil harvest.
  • How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. This article covers the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden.
  • 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.
  • How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.
  • How to understand the differences between potato types and what you can expect in the kitchen.
  • Learn the best way to start your own tomato seedlings. Quick to germinate and grow, tomato seeds are best sown indoors about six weeks before your average last frost date.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to create a seedstarting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomato plants are easy to grow, and they're one of the easiest plants to start indoors from seed. Here's how to grow your own tomatoes, from seed to harvest.
  • Preserving in jars is simple and foolproof.
  • Tomatoes are consistently the most popular vegetable in American gardens. But for most gardeners, just any old tomato won't do.
  • 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.
  • If you are new to growing vegetables in containers, or have had limited success, here are a few tips to help you succeed.
  • 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 make sure your soil is rich in beneficial micro-organisms that keep plants thriving, pest-free and beautiful.
  • How to store the summer harvest for the winter kitchen.
  • Techniques for repelling deer.
  • 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.
  • There are dozens of techniques for mulching your vegetable garden. For best results, match the mulch to the crop, weather conditions and soil.
  • Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • Why do most New Year's resolutions focus on things you should do, and not things you want to do? Instead, we decided to come up with some garden resolutions that you'll want to keep!
  • 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.
  • When starting seeds indoors, you don’t want to use regular potting soil. It's too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed.
  • Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • Learn to grow sweet potatoes in garden beds, raised beds or our Potato Grow Bags.
  • A simple technique brings out flavor in the backyard harvest.
  • Learn how to plant raspberries in a step-by-step slideshow.
  • 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.
  • Clever ideas for supporting tomato vines
  • Freezing and drying techniques.
  • What's wrong with my tomatoes? Learn how to diagnose and treat tomato problems.
  • 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.
  • Kale and collards are very similar plants, both grown for their flavorful and nutritious greens. The primary difference between them is that collards tolerate heat, while kale prefers cool temperatures.
  • It's possible to dramatically reduce your consumption of water, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Techniques to help plants survive periods when rainfall is insufficient.
  • 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!
  • Guide for using fabric row covers to protect your plants from cold, sun or pests.
  • Learn how to repot your tomato seedlings when they've grown too large for the original pot.
  • 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.
  • Leeks are easy to grow. They require little to no attention and are generally pest-free.
  • 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.
  • How can you prevent Tomato Blight? Unfortunately, there's no silver bullet for Late Blight. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
  • 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 grow potatoes using the Potato Grow Bag.
  • Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • 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.
  • If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting an asparagus bed planted.
  • Learn how to plant and harvest garlic in two step-by-step slideshows.
  • When stored correctly in their own papery wrappers, some types of onions will maintain their quality for as long as a year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you have an abundance of onions, make caramelized onions and store them in your freezer.
  • How to choose the best cooking techniques for the variety you have.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step-by-step instructions for delicious pickled and fermented foods.
  • Preparing fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits for tonight’s supper or preserving them for later use is faster and easier with the right tools. We’ve assembled some of our favorites, so you can enjoy your backyard harvest all year long.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to make your own pickles, sauerkraut and other preserved foods. Specially designed crocks make it easy.
  • Simple, homemade dressings enhance the flavors in just-picked salad greens.
  • 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?
  • Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec, ripped out their lawn to install a stylish raised-bed garden in their front yard in 2012. Little did they know it would trigger an international controversy. In a slideshow, see the transformation of their front yard from grass to garden.
  • Learn how to plant and grow strawberries; with video that shows how to plant bareroot strawberries.
  • Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • Great recipes for savory tarts, made with garden-fresh ingredients. Tarts include: Tarragon-Carrot Tart, Caramelized French Onion Tart and Roasted Vegetable Tart.
  • Spring and summer harvests make for great for salads, but nothing enhances the flavor of a fall bounty like soup.
  • No time for a traditional, in-ground vegetable garden? A raised bed is a shortcut to a plentiful harvest, even in the first year.
  • Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • Frying isn't the only option. Tart and firm, green tomatoes hold up well in long-cooked relishes and chutneys.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peas are are one of the first things you can plant in the spring, but getting the planting time right is tricky. The key is to start early -- but not too early.
  • Onions can be a confusing vegetable for new gardeners. Should you grow long-day or short-day onions? Seeds, seedlings or sets? How are storage onions different from sweet onions? Here's how to sort out the terms.
  • Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're on vacation, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • When backyard beans are plentiful, use these recipes and techniques to ensure that you'll never tire of another harvest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rhubarb is one of the least demanding of all crops. Once established, there's little work required. A happy plant will produce for decades. Grow rhubarb in full sun, in rich, lightly moist soil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • With well-designed, innovative pots, planters and raised beds, you can cultivate a healthy, homegrown, freshest-ever harvest, just steps from your kitchen.
  • 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.
  • Use the Soil Calculator to determine how much soil you need to fill your raised bed.
  • Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • 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.