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Vegetable Gardening

  • How to grow your own vegetables and keep your plants healthy and vigorous.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to create a seedstarting schedule. By starting seeds at the proper time, you'll have strong, well-rooted transplants when spring arrives.
  • If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting an asparagus bed planted.
  • Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. This article covers the basics of why and how to fertilize your garden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Techniques for repelling deer.
  • Techniques for keeping weeds at bay.
  • There are dozens of techniques for mulching your vegetable garden. For best results, match the mulch to the crop, weather conditions and soil.
  • 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.
  • How to store the summer harvest for the winter kitchen.
  • How to make sure your soil is rich in beneficial micro-organisms that keep plants thriving, pest-free and beautiful.
  • 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 control pests and diseases, and enjoy a healthier garden and harvest.
  • How to grow fruits and berries in your own backyard.
  • A comprehensive guide to growing herbs.
  • How to successfully grow plants in containers, indoors and out.
  • How to choose the type and size of greenhouse for your backyard.
  • What's wrong with my tomatoes? Learn how to diagnose and treat tomato problems.
  • Guide for using fabric row covers to protect your plants from cold, sun or pests.
  • Tomatoes are consistently the most popular vegetable in American gardens. But for most gardeners, just any old tomato won't do.
  • 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.
  • Techniques to help plants survive periods when rainfall is insufficient.
  • 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.
  • Clever ideas for supporting tomato vines
  • 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.
  • You can enjoy your herb garden harvest all year with one of several easy techniques.
  • If you are new to growing vegetables in containers, or have had limited success, here are a few tips to help you succeed.
  • Learn how to harvest the rain—right from your roof
  • 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.
  • Make the most of climbing plants by providing the right kind of support.
  • How to grow potatoes using the Potato Grow Bag.
  • 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 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.
  • Five ways gardeners can welcome pollinators; a list of plants that draw butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial bees.
  • 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.
  • Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to repot your tomato seedlings when they've grown too large for the original pot.
  • Use Super Hoops to support garden fabric, row covers, shade netting and bird netting. Protect your crops from pests, insects, diseases and extreme weather.
  • How to understand the differences between potato types and what you can expect in the kitchen.
  • Use the Soil Calculator to determine how much soil you need to fill your raised bed.
  • 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.
  • Patented fabric air-prunes and aerates roots. Handles make them easy to move. Reusable, year after year. Made in USA.
  • 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.
  • Learn to store and preserve the foods you grow.
  • If basil is part of your herb garden,make pesto part of your pantry with these recipes.
  • 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.
  • A simple technique brings out flavor in the backyard harvest.
  • 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.
  • Preserving in jars is simple and foolproof.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leeks are easy to grow. They require little to no attention and are generally pest-free.
  • Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Learn how to plant raspberries in a step-by-step slideshow.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to build custom shapes with Raised Bed Corners and In-Line Connectors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Petite microgreens are wonderfully delicious and nutritious — and expensive unless you grow them yourself. Watch how easy it is.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • Here are some ways to help plants thrive while you're on vacation, so you can come home to healthy gardens and happy houseplants.
  • Great recipes for savory tarts, made with garden-fresh ingredients. Tarts include: Tarragon-Carrot Tart, Caramelized French Onion Tart and Roasted Vegetable Tart.
  • Simple syrup is an important component to many cocktails because it adds sweetness without the grit of sugar. Also great for making homemade sodas.
  • 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.
  • Spring and summer harvests make for great for salads, but nothing enhances the flavor of a fall bounty like soup.
  • Learn how to make your own pickles, sauerkraut and other preserved foods. Specially designed crocks make it easy.
  • Step-by-step instructions for delicious pickled and fermented foods.
  • No time for a traditional, in-ground vegetable garden? A raised bed is a shortcut to a plentiful harvest, even in the first year.
  • The GrowEase Seed Starter Kit is a convenient, self-watering system.
  • Gardening gets more difficult as we age. However, by using the right tools and techniques, gardening remains in reach at any age.
  • With well-designed, innovative pots, planters and raised beds, you can cultivate a healthy, homegrown, freshest-ever harvest, just steps from your kitchen.
  • 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 …."
  • Simple, homemade dressings enhance the flavors in just-picked salad greens.
  • 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.
  • When backyard beans are plentiful, use these recipes and techniques to ensure that you'll never tire of another harvest.
  • 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.
  • Frying isn't the only option. Tart and firm, green tomatoes hold up well in long-cooked relishes and chutneys.
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  • How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cukes are hot-weather plants. They hate cold soil and cold weather, so the soil should be at least 65 degrees, preferably 70 degrees, when planting.
  • 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.
  • Expert advice on starting your own plants from seed.
  • 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.
  • Using our Grow Bags, you can grow a crop of crisp, sweet carrots almost anywhere.
  • Plans for our urban garden: a front-yard showcase of vegetables and edible flowers.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Expert advice and answers to frequently asked questions about starting plants from seed.
  • 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.
  • Learn to grow sweet potatoes in garden beds, raised beds or our Potato Grow Bags.
  • Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.
  • 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: