For those who love gardening, nothing beats the feeling of going out into your garden and coming back into the house with an arm full of vegetables that you have grown yourself. Are you new to the idea of growing your own veggies? It can seem as though you will never learn everything that you think you need to know to be successful at Vegetable Gardening.
Whether you are a beginner to the task of growing vegetables, or someone who has done this for years, there is always something new to learn. This guide will help you decide what to plant, and how to grow and care for vegetables so that you end up with the tastiest harvest ever.
This guide to vegetable gardening gives tips on when to plant seeds, how to transplant seedlings and how and when to harvest. It also will let you know which are the easiest veggies to grow and which ones are the most cold hardy. I add to this guide several times each month, so be sure to check back often to see what is new in the vegetable gardening world, and which tips have been added recently.
A Guide to Vegetable Gardening
I have broken this guide down to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. There are tips for growing specific vegetables, seed starting tips to get off to a good start, and lots of ideas for those who don’t have a lot of space to devote to a vegetable garden. I’ve also included some of my most popular gardening hacks to add some creativity and fun to the task of vegetable gardening.
How do I grow that vegetable?
- Brussels Sprouts – This delicious vegetable is very cold hardy.
- Butternut Pumpkin – This veggie needs a long growing time and is a prolific producer.
- Cold Hardy Vegetables – Get a jump start on spring by planting these vegetables.
- Garlic – Fall is the best time to plant this cold hardy crop.
- Garlic Greens – Don’t toss that sprouted garlic. Plant it indoors and grow tasty greens.
- Green Beans – How to grow green beans and differences between pole beans vs bush beans.
- Growing Microgreens – These greens add a nutritious boost to a smoothie and a spicy kick to any sandwich.
- Melons – How to grow and harvest cantaloupes and honeydew melons
- Onions – Find out about the different varieties of the Allium family that you can grow.
- Peas – This cold weather crop needs to be planted early and then later for a second crop in the fall.
- Potatoes – How to grow them in a Trash Bag
- Spring Onions – These easy to grow vegetables are a cut and come again variety.
- Rutabagas – Tips for growing, storing and using this sweet root vegetable.
- Tomato Growing Tips – Dos and don’ts for great tomatoes.
- Shallots – This guide talks about choosing, using and growing shallots. Find out how they are different from onions too!
- Watermelons – Knowing when to harvest them can be a challenge. Check out my tips!
Don’t forget the herbs!
Home grown herbs add so much flavor to your recipes. Many of them are perennial types which come back year after year. Others are annuals. All are pretty easy to grow.
- 10 Best Herbs to Grow Indoors – When the frost hits outside, start growing herbs indoors instead..
- Annual, Biennial or Perennial – Which type is my herb?
- Basil – Easy annual to grow in containers.
- Bay Leaf – Tips for growing a Bay Laurel plant.
- Chervil – Grow this herb to use in French Cooking
- Cilantro – Use this herb for Asian and Mexican cooking.
- Growing Herbs Indoors – Even when the temps are cold you can still enjoy herbs.
- Herb identification chart – Name 18 common kitchen herbs with the help of this handy chart.
- Mason Jar Kitchen Garden – Grow your most often used herbs right in the kitchen with this fun project.My Favorite Herbs for Kitchen Gardens – These are the herbs I use all the time to cook.
- Oregano – From the planter to fragrant Italian dishes.
- Preserve those herbs – These tips give advice on how to preserve the herbs at the end of the growing season.
- Rosemary – This perennial herb grows right through the winter on my patio!
- Thyme – How to grow this fragrant herb
- Tips for Pruning Rosemary – Keep this perennial herb under control
Critter and Pests
- Attract Beneficial insects – Companion plants like nasturtiums will bring the good guys.
- Horticultural Vinegar Weed Killer – Keep vegetables weed free with this effective home made weed killer.
- Invasive Garden Pests – Is your Garden a picnic for invasive pests?
- Natural Squirrel Repellents – Don’t let the squirrels take over your garden!
- Squash Bugs – Tips for controlling these bugs that make a mess of your plants.
- Squirrel Repellents – Keep the Squirrels out with these DIY Repellents.
- Tobacco Hornworm – This critter will demolish the leaves on many plants.
- Composting Tips – Tricks for creating Nature’s Black Gold
- Don’t Compost these items! – Not everything is able to be added to a compost pile.
- Making Newspaper Mulch – Attract earth worms and deter weeds with this easy procedure.
- Rolling Compost Pile – This easy composting method is simple to do, and it takes up very little space in your yard.
- Trench Composting – Find out how to use kitchen scraps in your garden beds to add nutrients to your plants.
- Turning a Compost Pile – A compost pile will break down faster if you turn it. These common household items will do the job for you!
- Weird Things you can Compost – A quick look around the house and garden will end up with lots of weird things that you can add to your compost pile.
Vegetable Gardening for Small Yards.
- Combining Vegetable and Perennials – Mix and Match for a grow it and eat it garden.
- Container Vegetable Gardening – Fun for those who don’t have a large yard.
- Home Made Miracle Grow – Make your own DIY plant fertilizer.
- Vegetable Garden on a Deck – 11 tips for growing vegetables on your patio.
Starting Vegetable Seeds
- 10 Frugal Seed Starting Containers – You won’t believe what you can use to start seeds.
- 20 Seed Starting Tips – Get your seeds off to the best start with these tips
- Heirloom Beans – How to save their seeds.
- Heirloom Seeds – Tips for growing all types of heirloom vegetables.
- Newspaper Seed Pots – make your own biodegradable pots with newspapers.
- Seed Types – Find out the differences between heirloom, open pollinated, hybrid and GMO seeds.
- The advantages of Heirloom Vegetables – Why use heirloom seeds?
Recommended Products to Help with Vegetable Gardening
Yes, you can use a mop handle to make a row for your seeds, and a trowel WILL dig a hole, but even the best gardener can get a better results with the right tools. These are some of the ones that I will make your vegetable gardening efforts easier.
How to Grow Vegetables in Containers
- Container Vegetable Gardening – You can grow a whole garden on your back patio even if you don’t have a big yard.
- Determinate Tomatoes – These smaller tomato plants are perfect for containers.
- Raised Garden Beds – The pros and cons of using raised beds.
- Vegetable Garden on a Deck – 11 tips for growing vegetables on your patio.
General Vegetable Gardening Advice
- 30 Tips for a Great Vegetable Harvest – Advice and general tips for dozens of vegetables
- Best Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners – Gets success from the start.
- Companion plants – Nasturtiums attract beneficial insects to the garden.
- Cucumbers like to grow up – Keep them off the soil to control pests and diseases.
- Cut and Come Again Vegetables – Don’t throw those ends away!
- Fall Gardens – Which are the best vegetables to grow when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler?
- Fall Gardening Checklist – Find out what to do to put the garden to bed for the winter.
- Preserving Herbs – See my tips for using fresh herbs after the growing season is finished.
- Regrow your Food from Kitchen Scraps – How to get food for free.
- Sun or Shade – Do all vegetables need full sun?
- Storing Vegetables – How do your store your veggies when the season ends?
- Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds – No GMO for me!
- Tips for Spring Gardening – Start early to stock early of what needs to be done in Spring.
- Types of herbs – Is your herb an annual or a perennial?
- Vegetable Garden problems and solutions – Troubleshooting your Garden
Vegetable Gardening Hacks
Sometimes, it is fun to use gardening hacks. Gardening Hacks are creative ideas that cost little and make your life easier in the garden.
- 14 Vegetable Garden Hacks – Creative and fun projects for vegetable gardening
- 19 creative ways to use baking soda in the garden.
- DIY Compost Screens – Using garden plant trays as soil sifters will make light of filtering your compost.
- Easy Composting – Use Brown lunch bags to compost on the spot and easily add nutrients to your plants.
- DIY Bean Tepee – Fun project that gives your pole beans a way to climb and also gives the kids a place to hide!
- Growing Onions Indoors – Did you know that you can grow onions from their parts?
- Propagating Pineapples – Use the leafy top to grow a new pineapple plant.
- Seed Tape – Make your own seed tape with toilet paper
- Soda Bottle Drip Feeder – Make a drip feeder for your veggies with a common soda bottle.
- Sweet Tomato Tips – Do baking soda and epsom salts help with tomato sweetness?
- Tomato Plant Cuttings – Not just flowers grow from cuttings. Tomato plants will do this too!
- Vegetable Steaming Times – Once you pick the vegetables, find out how to steam them to retain nutrients.
- Wooden Spoon Plant Markers – This DIY project uses a common kitchen item as a plant marker.
With the right tip at hand, vegetable gardening can become a truly satisfying experience for you. Keep learning about the topic. Before you know it you, too, will be walking in the house at the end of the day with an arm full of vegetables that you have grown yourself. What a feeling it is!
If you are looking for more information on growing vegetables, be sure to visit my Vegetable Gardening Board on Pinterest. The board has hundreds of great tips and tricks as well as some very creative ideas for your vegetable garden.
If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check out these as well:
- A guide to Growing Perennials
- A guide to growing indoor plants
- Guide to Composting
- Tips for Growing Herbs
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