Welcome New Gardeners

So you’ve decided to start your first garden – terrific!
Here’s everything you need to know to help you grow.

Transplants give you a head start.

Looking for a quick, easy way to plant up your vegetable or herb garden? Consider using ready-to-plant seedlings (also called transplants or starts) for just about everything but root crops.

The importance of roots.

You may not be able to see them, but a plant’s roots are crucial to its growth. Learn all about these hidden gems.

Are You New to Vegetable Gardening? Read This First.

You don’t need to be an expert to grow your own food. Check out these helpful hints for first-time growers.

Why Grow Your Own Vegetables and Herbs?

Still on the fence? Here are 7 compelling reasons to start growing your own fresh vegetables and herbs.

Advice for First-Time Gardeners

Soak up these words of wisdom from growing expert Lucinda Mays, former host of PBS’s Victory Garden South.

What is an heirloom, what is a hybrid?

The difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes isn’t necessarily visible on the outside. It’s about the breeding.

Preparing your garden is the key to success.

The Soil is Alive. Really!

In the soil beneath your feet, there’s an invisible world filled with life-and-death drama. Scientists call this world the soil food web.

Good Soil Means Good Vegetables

Vegetables need good soil. If the soil is hard, rocky, soggy, or nutrient-poor, the vegetables will be, too.

Begin When the Soil Tells You

You have been waiting all winter. Is it time to plant yet? Here’s how to tell.

If You Can’t Beat It, Raise It

What is a raised bed? It’s a planting area on top of the ground that offers one huge benefit: You can avoid bad soil.

Why Grow Vegetables and Herbs in Pots?

From simple convenience to conquering bad soil, there are many reasons to grow your garden in containers.

Good Tools Work for You

Having the right tools can make gardening chores easier and faster. You don’t need a lot, either. Here’s what to get.

Watering and feeding are key to growing strong plants that yield big harvests.

How Much Water Do Vegetables Need?

Change to “How much is too much…or too little? Find out how much moisture your plants need to thrive.

The Basics of Fertilizing

All edible plants remove some nutrients from the soil, and some have such huge appetites that they quickly exhaust the soil. Here’s what to do about it.

Composting 101: What Is Compost?

Composting 101: Discover how organic material like leaves and vegetable scraps can help feed your garden.

For a Plentiful Harvest, Keep Pots Watered

Follow these guidelines for providing your potted vegetables and herbs with just the right amount of water.

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: getting to harvest all those homegrown veggies and herbs.

Harvest Guide to Summer Veggies

Use this harvest guide to recognize when your beans, tomatoes, squash, and other summer vegetables are at the peak of flavor.

Summer Herb Harvesting Tips

In summer, herb gardeners get a delicious payoff for all of their efforts. Oddly enough, this is when some gardeners become timid. Don’t be one of them!

Harvest Guide for Cool Weather Vegetables

Harvest your cool weather vegetables at the peak of perfection using these guidelines.

How to Store Veggies Without a Root Cellar

While your grandmother’s house may have had a root cellar to keep her produce fresh for months, most homes today do not. Do this instead.


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