Vegetable Gardening

  • 7 Ways Every Gardener Can Combat Climate Change
    As a gardener, you can take a few simple steps—some of which, you’re likely already doing—to help the planet.
  • Food You Can Grow Fast
    Growing your own food is incredibly rewarding, but it's not always clear how soon you can expect to start harvesting. This guide outlines some of the fastest-growing greens and food from seed so you can start sampling tasty greens and veggies as soon as possible!
  • Zone 10 Gardening
    Zone 10 gardeners don't have to put their gardens to sleep with a fall cleanup, giving them ample time to grow even more produce. But with a year-round growing season comes some challenges.
  • How and Why to Harden Off Plants
    Time to get the seedlings in the garden, right? No!
  • New to Gardening? Start here!
    When you're new to gardening it can get overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin. You may have a million questions.
  • How to Measure Hand Size for Garden Gloves
    Confused about sizing for garden gloves? It's usually based on a hand measurement that is actually pretty simple.
  • How to Grow Asparagus
    If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting an asparagus bed planted.
  • How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
    Learn to grow sweet potatoes in garden beds, raised beds or our Potato Grow Bags.
  • Why Choose Cowpots to Start Seeds
    Cowpots are biodegradable, keeping plastic waste out of the landfill. And they're made from a renewable resource and take a potential pollutant out of the waste stream.
  • 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.
  • Why Our Grow Bags are Better
    Patented fabric air-prunes and aerates roots. Handles make them easy to move.
  • 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.
  • Making Perfect Pickles, from Cuke to Crunch
    I'm passionate about pickles. That's why caring for my cucumber crop tops my list of garden chores.
  • Introducing the Cedar Cold Frame
    Sometimes, our customers come up with a great idea and our designers take it to the next level. The most recent example is our Cedar Cold Frame.
  • Instructions for the Mason Bee House
    Orchard mason bees are small bees native to North America and are very good pollinators for flowers and fruit trees. They visit as many a 1,000 blooms per day.
  • Barbara Eiswerth of Tucson, Ariz Linking Edible Forests
    Meet Barbara Eiswerth of Tucson, Ariz., winner of a Garden Crusader Award.
  • How to Build an Herb Spiral
    What's an "herb spiral"? Imagine a long garden row, about 25 feet long.
  • Late-Summer Planting Yields Fall Vegetables
    Seeds germinate fast when the soil is already nice and warm. For delicious, picture-perfect fall crops of spinach, lettuce, peas, kale and broccoli, late summer is the time to plant.
  • Watch: Snip-n-Drip Overview
    Apply water just where you want it -- and not where you don't. With the Snip-n-Drip Soaker System you can easily create a customized watering drip system.
  • Watch: Raised Bed Snip-n-Drip Soaker System
    Apply water just where you want it -- and not where you don't. With the Snip-n-Drip Raised Bed Soaker System you can easily create a convenient and streamlined watering system for your raised beds.
  • Watch: Tomato Grow Bag Kit
    Grow delicious tomatoes in just one square foot of space! Our newest Tomato Grow Bag uses less planting mix, and top-to-bottom nylon handles make it easy to move.
  • Soak, Drip or Spray: Which is right for you?
    Should you soak, drip or spray? Here's how to choose the best way to water each of your gardens.
  • A Quick-Start Guide to Elevated Raised Beds
    How to get started with your Elevated Cedar Raised Bed.
  • Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales
    Think of the straw bale as a large container with a volume of 40 gallons. Bonus: the bale is transformed into a partially composted mass of organic matter that's teeming with life.
  • Learn what the map tells you, and what it doesn't
    Hardiness ratings are handy guidelines that can help you select perennials plants, trees and shrubs.
  • Marvin Dunn - Roots in the City
    Meet Marvin Dunn of Miami's Roots in the City.
  • You Can Make a Difference in Your Backyard and Community!
    Join us in our mission to improve the world through gardening. Just doing one thing on this checklist will get you well on your way to making a huge difference in the health of people and planet.
  • Garden to Give Photo Contest
    Note: This contest is over. Thank you for sharing your photos!
  • Raised Bed Buying Guide
    Raised beds are easier to tend and produce bigger harvests. This buyer's guide will help you choose the best raised beds.
  • What to Plant
    Fill your garden with the types of vegetables you like to eat. If you’re big on salads, plant head lettuce, a lettuce cutting mix, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.
  • When to Plant
    Arugula is a crop that tolerates cool weather. There are several factors to consider when deciding when to plant your garden.
  • Watering
    In a perfect world, Mother Nature would provide an inch of rain each week to keep our vegetables and flowers perfectly happy.
  • 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.
  • Keeper Crops
    How to store the summer harvest for the winter kitchen.
  • 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.
  • Navigating the Midsummer Garden Doldrums
    If you and your garden have entered the midsummer doldrums, here are a few tricks to perk you both up.
  • Bamboo Structures for the Garden
    Using bamboo for attractive and functional structures in your garden.
  • Share the Harvest
    The increase in vegetable gardening has also fueled an increase in gardeners donating produce to local foodbanks and hunger-relief organizations. Learn how you can help.
  • Gardening on the Deck
    Diabetic neuropathy couldn't stop this gardener.
  • Simple Pruning Technique Improves Tomato Harvest
    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.
  • Tomato Yield Booster
    Instructions for using Tomato Booster Mulch.
  • Asparagus Beetle
    These quarter-inch beetles and their larvae feed on young asparagus spears; damaged spears often develop blemishes and a shepherd's crook appearance.
  • Harvest Bushels of Potatoes from a Raised Bed in Just 9 sq. ft.
    The results from our test garden.
  • Potato Scab
    Techniques for prevention and control.
  • Three Sisters Garden
    Tips for growing the Three Sisters: beans, corn and squash.
  • Success With Potatoes
    Despite a small, shady yard, cool weather and some challenging wildlife friends, Cindi Coffen is able to produce an abundant harvest.
  • Best Materials for Raised Beds
    Raised beds offer gardeners many benefits over in-ground gardening. They come in all shapes, sizes, and materials — including wood, wood composites, and metal.
  • Plant Terminology: Hybrids, Heirlooms, and More
    Fire Island is a patented variety of bleeding heart. All photos by Suzanne DeJohn.
  • How To Grow Loofah Sponge Gourds
    Loofah, also spelled Luffa, are in the cucurbit family—along with cucumbers, melons, squash, and other gourds—and grow on long vines. They require a long, hot growing season.
  • Companion Planting
    Broccoli is a good companion to dill. Mediterranean gardeners have always put basil and tomatoes together in the kitchen as well as in the garden.
  • Choosing a Raised Bed
    Gardener's Supply offers a wide range of raised beds, from aluminum corner kits for which you supply your own lumber, to complete raised bed kits in cedar, composite wood, recycled plastic and galvanized steel.
  • Sheet Mulching
    One of the quickest ways to create thriving healthy soil for a garden and to reduce the amount of lawn you have is to sheet mulch.
  • Large-Capacity Rain Barrels Solve Firefighter's Water Problem
    On a hillside northwest of Los Angeles, firefighter Mike Nava takes us on a tour of his lush cooking garden.
  • Soil Regeneration
    At Gardener's Supply, we believe that healthy soils are the foundation for healthy gardens, healthy people, and a healthy planet.
  • So, You Want to Start a Garden?
    There is no magic "green thumb" that you must possess to have a thriving garden. As with all things, it can be broken down into simple steps.
  • Using Garden Fabric (Row Covers)
    Guide for using fabric row covers to protect your plants from cold, sun or pests.
  • Double Your Harvest with Succession Planting
    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.
  • Secrets to Great Soil
    How to make sure your soil is rich in beneficial micro-organisms that keep plants thriving, pest-free and beautiful.
  • Building Healthy Soil
    How to build fertile, healthy garden soil.
  • How to Grow Herbs
    A comprehensive guide to growing herbs in the garden and in pots and planters.
  • What Kind of Tomato Should I Grow?
    With more than 700 different tomato varieties in cultivation today, it can be difficult to choose the variety that's best for your garden. Learn how to narrow down the list.
  • Tomato Hornworm
    Techniques for prevention and control.
  • Cabbageworm
    Techniques for prevention and control.
  • Cutworm
    Techniques for prevention and control of cutworms.
  • 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.
  • Animal Fencing Techniques
    Fencing is the only sure-fire way to keep wild and domestic animals out of a prized garden.
  • Rick Brooks, Wisconsin
    Meet Rick Brooks of Madison, Wis.
  • Urban Renewal Winner, Bill Dawson
    Meet Bill Dawson of Columbus, Ohio
  • Gardening in Zones 7-10
    In all but the hottest months of the year, you may be able to plant and harvest almost continuously. Gardening in zones 7 to 10 can be even more challenging than gardening in the North, because planting times vary so much.
  • 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 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.
  • Watch: Making Caramelized Onions
    If you have an abundance of onions, make caramelized onions and store them in your freezer.
  • Making the Most of Your Potato Harvest
    How to choose the best cooking techniques for the variety you have.
  • Using Weed Fabric
    Weed-blocking cloth keeps garden pathways looking sharp.
  • 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. Learn the five common myths about watering.
  • Using the Aquacorner® Raised Bed Soaker System
    How to use the Aquacorner to create new raised beds or retrofit existing beds.
  • Instructions for the Tomato Halo
    The exclusive Tomato Halo delivers water directly to plant roots while suppressing weeds and thwarting cutworms. The raised inner pot adds planting depth for stronger root systems.
  • 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.
  • Heirlooms to Grow
    By planting heirloom varieties, you can start a tradition of seed-saving in your garden. Start with a few selections from one of the founders of the Seed Savers Exchange.
  • Edible Landscaping
    Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape -- at last. And why not?
  • Custom Designs for Raised Beds
    How to build custom shapes with Raised Bed Corners and In-Line Connectors.
  • Guillermo Vasquez
    Guillermo Vasquez Contaminated soil, poverty, pollution and acres of pavement are just a few of the many things that make it difficult to garden in a large city. In San Francisco, Guillermo Vasquez is helping hundreds of people overcome such obstacles by calling on a surprising source of knowledge: indigenous culture.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Award-Winning VegTrug is a Convenient, All-in-One Growing System
    Assembly video for Award-Winning VegTrug -- a convenient, all-in-one growing system.
  • Watch: Garden Row Snip-n-Drip Soaker System
    Apply water just where you want it with the Snip-n-Drip Garden Row Soaker System. You can easily create a convenient watering system for your vegetable garden.
  • Watch: Snip-n-Drip Raised Bed Connector Kit
    Video shows how you can link two raised beds in a single, efficient watering system.
  • Super-Powered Soils
    We've harnessed the power of mycorrhizae in our new and improved potting mixes. For gardeners, this translates to healthier plants with up 35% higher yields compared to soil mixes without mycorrhizae.
  • Six Ways to Accelerate Your Tomato Harvest
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 into the fall and even winter.
  • Compact Tomato Plants Yield Full-Size Flavors
    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.
  • Give Old Potting Soil New Life
    Yes, you can re-use the old soil in your pots, planters and raised beds. Just start the season with a special boost of fertilizer and nutrients to ensure good results.
  • Tending Your Garden
    Densely planted raised beds don't require as much weeding as regular garden beds. Shown here is our All-American Garden in late June.
  • Gardening in Raised Beds: Tips for Success
    In this 4-part video, our friend and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi explains how to make the most of your raised bed garden.
  • The Basics: 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.
  • Novice Gardener Teaches Us About Challenges of Urban Growing
    We visited a remote-working engineer who gardens on his Chicago balcony to learn more about the challenges of urban gardening.
  • Backyard Makeover from Lawn to Bountiful Kitchen Garden
    Watch a video and read about how Carrie transformed the backyard of her new home into a thriving garden with Gardener's CedarLast raised beds and obelisk.
  • Growing Resilience: Creative Solutions Keep Senior Gardeners Comfortable, Active
    Speaker and author Toni Gattone helps gardeners find creative, adaptive solutions to physical challenges and mobility issues.
  • Growing and Using Herbs for Health
    Homegrown herbs can play an important part in supporting your health. Here's a sampling of herbs to grow and use in healing teas, tinctures, and salves.
  • She Raised her Beds for Gardening Success
    Raised beds were the winner for this Cincinnati gardening family.
  • 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.
  • Garden Tours
    If there's anything more enjoyable than spending time in my garden, it's spending time visiting someone else's.
  • Essential Tools for Gardeners
    New to gardening? Here's our list of essential tools every gardener should have in their collection.
  • Using the Potato Grow Bag
    How to grow potatoes using the Potato Grow Bag.
  • How to assemble the 2x4 Elevated Cedar Planter Box
    Watch how to assembly one of our most popular elevated planters.
  • 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.
  • 7 Steps to Diagnosing Plant Problems
    If you want to avoid using broad-spectrum poisons in your garden, the key to success is taking time to observe and try to understand what's really going on. It's the single most important action you can take.
  • How to Transplant a Tomato Seedling
    Learn how to repot your tomato seedlings when they've grown too large for the original pot.
  • 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.
  • Moonlighting in the Garden
    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.
  • Cocktails in the Garden
    Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings and garnishes are the toast of the summer party season.
  • 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.
  • Fresh Food 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.
  • How to Stake Tomatoes
    Learn the pros and cons of different tomato supports and watch a video of tomato plants on four different supports as they grow through the season.
  • Meet a Gardener
    Learn about some of the members of our gardening community, including Gardener's Supply employee-owners, customers, and garden testers.
  • Avid Gardener was Inspired by Her Mother
    Moon gives a tour of her raised bed and container garden in Westchester County, NY. Moon has been a customer of Gardener's Supply Co for years, and was one of our first testers.
  • Urban Gardening Techniques
    If you're living in an apartment with a little balcony, a townhouse, or even a smaller single family home, there are plenty of ways to grow some of your own food. All you have to do is adjust your gardening strategy based on your unique growing environment.
  • Harvesting Hope Together
    We've pledged to donate $50,000 and create an army of employee volunteers because no man, woman, or child should ever go hungry, feel isolated, or despair for their future. Join us in impacting millions of lives by making a donation of your own, volunteering with one of our project partners, or gifting some of your own bountiful harvest to a local hunger-relief organization.
  • 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.
  • 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 assemble the 2x8 Elevated Cedar Planter Box
    Watch the assembly video for our best-selling elevated planter.
  • Second Plantings
    When you garden in raised beds, it’s easy to keep every square foot in production from early spring right through summer, fall and early winter.
  • How to Tell When Melons are Ripe
    The trick to harvesting melons is figuring out when that moment of peak flavor occurs. Learn how to tell when your melons are just right.
  • How to Grow Pumpkins
    Let this be the year that you carve a jack-o-lantern that you grew in your own backyard. Pumpkins are not difficult to grow – even in raised beds.
  • Watch: How to Build Cedar Raised Beds
    Raised beds are easy to set up, plant and maintain, producing high yields in a compact space with less digging and weeding. And now you'll find just the right size and shape bed for your needs.
  • Our Front-Yard Vegetable Garden
    Plans for our urban garden: a front-yard showcase of vegetables and edible flowers.
  • After the Fall, Get Shredding
    Rejoice in the piles of nutrient-rich leaves that trees generously shed every autumn — they're a gift for your garden.
  • All About Potato Varieties
    How to understand the differences between potato types and what you can expect in the kitchen.
  • 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.
  • Katie Stagliano of Katie's Krops
    Katie Stagliano, 2010 Garden Crusader Katie tends one of the fields in a program called Katie's Krops. Volunteers at work on Katie's Krops, which has already provided thousands of pounds of produce to homeless shelters.
  • Growing Berries and Asparagus in Raised Beds
    Dreaming of a backyard berry patch? An asparagus bed?
  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting Tomato Problems
    What's wrong with my tomatoes? Learn how to diagnose and treat tomato problems.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Hurry Spring
    This guide offers six ways you can make spring come earlier than ever in your garden.
  • 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.
  • Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
    How to grow your own vegetables and keep your plants healthy and vigorous.
  • 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.
  • Watch: Aquacorner Demonstration
    Learn how the Aquacorner system works. Raised beds are the easiest and most productive way to garden.
  • Choosing Citrus Varieties for Hot-Zone Climates
    Thinking about planting a citrus tree? It's worth giving thought to which type of citrus you are going to plant before you begin digging the hole.
  • Tips for Siting Your New Veggie Garden
    Starting a new vegetable garden? Now’s the time to think about location — before you start tilling.
  • Gardening Techniques for Dry Weather
    Techniques to help plants survive periods when rainfall is insufficient.
  • Grow Carrots in a Grow Bag
    Using our Grow Bags, you can grow a crop of crisp, sweet carrots almost anywhere.
  • Make Your Own Pesto
    If basil is part of your herb garden,make pesto part of your pantry with these recipes.
  • Don't Hide Your Veggies
    Learn how to create a vegetable garden that showcases the plants and invites exploration.