Interested in growing vegetables and herbs but not sure how? Our How to Grow section includes detailed growing information for more than 60 edible plants. Learn how to plant and care for each vegetable and herb; how to troubleshoot common problems; how to harvest and store the produce; and how to use your harvest in the kitchen. Now get growing!
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Cabbage is a cool-season vegetable suited to both spring and fall. The trick to growing cabbage is steady, uninterrupted growth. That means rich soil, plenty of water, and good fertilization.
Cucumber plants grow in two forms: vining and bush. Vines scramble along the ground or clamber up trellises, while bush types, such as Burpless Bush Hybrid, form a more compact plant.
Eggplant loves warmth and grows best in very sunny, well-drained locations. Raised beds that have been generously enriched with composted manure are ideal. Eggplant needs fertile soil.
Lettuce is so easy, takes up little space, and can even be grown among flowers. It grows for many weeks in the mild weather of spring and fall. Leaf lettuce is perfect for containers.
If you can poke a hole into the ground, you can grow an onion from a little plant. Onion starts are little seedlings sold in bare-root bundles; each plant will start growing within days after you plant.
Peppers are easy to grow in any sunny, well-drained spot, and they grow well in roomy containers, too. Plant an assortment of varieties, including a range of flavors, heat levels, and fruit sizes.
Start with assorted varieties and you can fearlessly grow many, many squash in a surprisingly small space. Learn how squash plants grow and how to identify certain problems in the garden.
Success with strawberries asks that you understand their life cycle. Like most hardy perennials, strawberries die back in winter and start growing vigorously as the soil warms in spring.
Sun-ripened tomatoes deliver the taste of summer in every bite. Just a few healthy plants will produce buckets of fruit. Tomatoes run on warmth. Plant in late spring and early summer.
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Basil is a warm-weather annual that grows very fast. Many gardeners mix various types of basil in their flowerbeds for a quick harvest anytime. Basil is also great for containers.
Cilantro needs its own space in the garden where you can harvest and then let it go to seed in summer. It grows fast in the cool weather of spring and fall, creating a rosette of lacy leaves.
Onion chives are grown for their leaves and rosy purple flowers with a mild onion flavor. They grow well in the ground or any pot, even a small one, or the pockets of a strawberry jar.
Lavender is a shrubby perennial grown for its flowers and fragrance, but it also serves as a landscape item for its beauty and ability to stand heat and drought. It needs very well-draining soil.
All mints are fast-growing, spreading plants. Give them a place to spread without getting in the way, or plant in a pot. Keep plants in check by harvesting the tips regularly and pulling up runners.
An herb with a robust scent and flavor, oregano loves to grow in pots or on a low wall where it can spill over an edge. Its trailing growth also makes it a good ground cover or edging.
Use parsley plants as a companion to annuals, perennials, and herbs in beds, containers, and window boxes. Plants make a nice edging and provide a striking contrast to colorful annuals.
Plants are slow growing at first but pick up speed in their second year. While rosemary tolerates partial shade, it prefers full sun and light, well-drained soil with a pH between 6 and 7.
Plant thyme in your herb garden, at the edge of a walk, along a short garden wall, or in containers. Put a few along a walkway and between steps, and your footsteps will release its aroma.