Vegetable Garden Care

Are you an aspiring home vegetable gardener looking for tips on how to get started? From soil preparation, selecting seeds, and the best growing techniques, it’s time to learn all the tricks of the trade. Whether you are a novice or experienced vegetable garden grower, our guides below will help you to grow a productive outdoor vegetable garden. Read on as we provide valuable information about what needs to be done so that you can reap lots of delicious and nutritious produce!

How to Get Started With No-Till Gardening

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Tilling garden soil for planting is time consuming, labor intensive, and harmful to the beneficial bacteria, fungi, and insects in your local microbiome. An easier way to prepare rich, humusy soil, and reduce weeding and watering chores, is with a no-dig garden system. Learn how to get started with no-till gardening now.

How to Plant an Autumn Vegetable Garden

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Carrots, and cabbage, and collards, oh my! Fall is here and it’s time to head back to the garden to plant your autumn vegetable crops. For a bountiful harvest from your fall veggie patch, there are a few tips and tricks you’ll need before you sow your seeds and transplant your seedlings. Ready to learn more? Read on!

When to Plant Crops In Fall (Autumn Planting Guide)

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Gardening is awesome in autumn, but do you know the best time to plant your favorite crops? Learn about important factors such as the first frost date, days to maturity, soil temperature, and more. This handy guide makes it easy for you to work out the ideal time to sow or transplant your fall garden plants. Read more.

Cover Cropping 101: Learn How to Use Cover Crops in the Garden

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Cover crops offer a smart and sustainable way to produce healthy, vibrant soil for robust, happy plants without using synthetic fertilizers. They also control erosion, suppress weeds, bust pest cycles, and improve water retention. Learn all about the art and science of beneficial cover cropping right here.

7 Tips for Growing Vining Vegetables

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Vegetables that grow on vines produce bumper crops for gardeners who want to grow their own food. The cucumbers, pole beans, tomatoes, and squashes need fertile soil, ample water, and plenty of sun. Our guide shares sowing as well as trellising and other aerial gardening tips to ensure the best harvest. Read more now.

How to Dehydrate Homegrown Produce for Long-term Storage

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Dehydrating is an excellent way to preserve your garden or orchard harvests for later use. And once you learn how to dry fruits and vegetables, it will be one of the easiest means of food preservation you can use. Read more now to learn everything you need to know about dehydrating fruits and veggies from the garden.

How to Identify and Control Cucumber Beetles

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Your cucumbers and other cucurbit crops are at risk of infestation via cucumber beetles, which can defoliate them, reduce their yield aesthetics, transmit diseases, or even kill the plants entirely. In this guide, you’ll learn how to identify these pests, and how to prevent and control them in your garden. Read more now.

Succession Planting: How to Grow Crops for a Continual Harvest

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Want to increase your garden harvest? Succession planting, which involves staggering plantings of crops to produce a continual harvest, is an efficient way to increase yields and extend the gardening season. Read our in-depth guide to find out what you need to know now!

Plant-Based Protein: The Best Protein-Packed Plants to Grow in the Garden

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Plants don’t always come to mind first when we think about protein, but they can actually pack a punch. Plant-based protein sources are beneficial to our health and they are usually simple to grow in the garden. Learn about how protein is utilized in the body and what plants to look for to meet your needs. Read more.

Get Your Garden Off to the Best Possible Start with a Soil Test

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Does your garden face the same issues year after year? The answer could be in your soil. Nutrient deficiencies, pH imbalances, texture, and the percentage of organic matter can all be revealed through a simple test. Collecting a sample and sending it off for professional analysis and advice is easier than you think.

Quick Guide to Understanding Seed Packets

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Seed packets are loaded with important growing information, like sowing, spacing, and thinning. To help make sense of it all, your friends at Gardener’s Path have put together this quick guide. Check it out before planning, purchasing, and digging. Your plants will thank you.

What Is a Survival Garden? Tips to Grow Your Own

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Growing a garden large enough to feed your family all year is an incredibly rewarding feat. You can enjoy daily homegrown meals while helping the environment and fostering a connection to your food source. And in case of an emergency, you will be prepared. Read on to learn how to plan and grow a survival garden.

9 Fast-Growing Vegetables and Herbs to Pep Up Your Pantry Menu

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Impatient for a homegrown harvest you can serve or snack on? Opt for quick-growing vegetables and herbs that yield tasty, fresh ingredients, some in just 14 days. These early-season homegrown shoots, microgreens, and even a flower will perk up your end of winter, pantry-based meals. Forget slow and steady! Read more.

11 of the Best Fertilizers for Growing Vegetables

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There are so many types of vegetable fertilizer available on the market – and it can be a bit daunting to determine which might fit your needs. Each crop has its own requirements and some products might work better, depending on what you’ve planted. Discover the best types to boost production and keep plants healthy.

How to Create a Hotbed Garden to Extend Your Growing Season

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A hotbed extends the growing season for months so you can harvest fresh veggies in the middle of winter. These also enable you to start seedlings much earlier than you might otherwise. Our guide explains how to build, fill, and use hotbeds inside cold frames, greenhouses, or tunnels for year-round gardening. Read more.

11 Easy Ways to Extend the Harvest Season

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Not quite ready to put your garden to bed for the season? Learn how to keep your vegetable garden growing strong all through the fall, and enjoy the benefit of fresh garden produce for longer than ever this year. In this guide, we suggest 11 fun and easy ways to extend the harvest season. Read more now.

19 of the Best Cool-Weather Crops for a Productive Fall Garden

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As summer starts to wane and harvest season comes to a close, do you wish you could extend the growing season? Luckily, many cool-weather crops are well-suited for growing in fall gardens. In this guide, we cover 19 of our favorite cold-tolerant crops to keep your garden productive throughout autumn. Read more now.

Should You Rotate Cover Crops?

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Both farmers and home gardeners are likely to find cover cropping a valuable practice. Sowing dense, fast-growing plants to cover fallow soil helps to control weed growth and inhibit erosion. The decaying plants improve soil structure and replenish nutrients. Read on and learn if it is beneficial to rotate cover crops.

What Is Bolting? Learn What It Means When Vegetables and Herbs Bolt

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If you’re a beginning gardener, maybe you’ve heard that certain plants can bolt. But what does that mean, and how can it affect your harvest of certain types of vegetables and herbs? We’re here to help! Read more to learn all about bolting on Gardener’s Path, and how to prevent flowers and seeds from forming too soon.

How to Use Straw Mulch in the Vegetable Garden

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Straw is a byproduct of growing grain crops that happens to be a highly beneficial material for mulching vegetable gardens. It is light and easy to work with, fairly inexpensive, and can drastically reduce time spent weeding and watering. Learn more about using straw as mulch for vegetables in this guide. Read more now.

Gardening Myths Explored: Planting by the Moon Phase

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Wondering if planting by the phase of the moon a valid practice or a busted gardening myth? The answer isn’t black or white. While the moon definitely influences plant life on Earth, waiting to plant when the moon is full might not have any real benefit. This guide explores the science of gardening by moon phase.

How to Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden

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A healthy diet is just as important for our vegetable crops as it is for our own bodies. When nutrients are lacking, our crops may fail to bloom, drop buds and fruit, and display visual distress signals. Learn how to enrich your garden beds using a variety of fertilizers, including some DIY options in this guide. Read more.

Plant Nutrients: What They Need and When They Need It

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Did you know that appearance, disease, growth stage, and more reveal what nutrients plants need? Like us, plants need a wide range of nutrients, and they can gain them from many sources. Learn how to master plant nutrients, diagnose deficiencies, and restore balance here at Gardener’s Path!

How to Use Eggshells in the Garden for Soil, Compost, and as Pest Control

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Want to use eggshells in your garden? Learn the best techniques for breaking them down in your compost and using them as a soil amendment. And find out the truth about whether eggshells really repel garden pests. To learn more about turning eggshells into garden amendments instead of landfill waste, read more now.

How to Plan the Best Layout for Your Vegetable Garden

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A successful vegetable harvest takes some forethought to produce. Every gardener must plan which crops they’re going to grow and lay out their space in advance. Several important factors must be considered before you ever press seed to soil, but don’t be intimidated – it’s easier to figure out than you might imagine.

How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

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If you have only a small outdoor space and want to grow your own vegetables, container gardening is the perfect solution. Not sure where to begin? This guide will give you all you need to get started, including choosing and prepping containers, selecting appropriate plants, and routine care of your crops. Read more now.

15 of the Best Cover Crops for the Home Garden

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Cover crops are easy, low maintenance plantings that produce fast, effective improvements to your garden soil. Among the many benefits, they prevent erosion, cycle important nutrients, improve soil texture, provide mulch, break pest cycles, and suppress weeds. Here are 15 of the best cover crops for the home garden.

7 Hardy Salad Greens for Winter Gardens

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Cold weather doesn’t have to put an end to the gardening season. There are plenty of frost-tolerant leafy greens that can be grown easily, well into the winter months. Continue reading for a list of yummy salad greens to grow in cold conditions, as well as some important factors to consider when growing winter greens.

The Scientifically-Backed Benefits of Companion Planting

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You may have already learned many great companion plant combinations, but do you understand the science behind why they work? From controlling pests to preventing soil erosion, companion planting is a key element among organic backyard gardening practices. Read our guide on the benefits of companion planting now.

Insects Chewed Holes in my Homegrown Greens! Are They Safe to Eat?

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Are leafy greens with bug holes okay to eat? They might be, but this is not the case if mammals have been nibbling on your crop. Shockingly, eating a raw slug or snail can also impact your health in rare cases. Read more now to learn when it is okay to eat greens from the garden that have been damaged by insects.

How and When to Plant Cold Weather Cover Crops

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Cover crops aren’t just for farmers. They’re easy, economical, and efficient for the home garden too. With many benefits, they’re a smart, natural method of protecting the soil, improving its structure, and increasing nutrients all at the same time. Learn how and when to plant cold weather cover crops. Read more now.

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden: A Beginner’s Guide

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If you’re new to the world of vegetable gardening, you’re in for a treat! Fresh veggies have a flavor that can’t be beat, and they’re healthy and nutritious. Plus, growing your own is friendly on the budget, and gardening is an excellent way to reduce stress. Learn all about these positive benefits right here on Gardener’s Path.

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Garden Soil

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Ready to learn how to get the most beautiful and productive results from your garden? Our article gets to the root of the problem. The soil type in your yard is the key to happy plants. From woodland to seashore and acid to alkaline, this piece will guide you to success. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

17 Unusual Fruits and Vegetables for your Backyard Landscape

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From surprisingly colored garden veggies to unexpectedly adorable berries, from teensy cucumbers to oversized beans, there are a wealth of unique edible plants you can grow in your backyard landscape. Ready to discover 17 unusual – and delicious – fruits and vegetables you can grow at home? Read more now.

What Is the Top Plant-Based Source of Vitamin D?

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Vitamin D deficiency is common, especially for those who live in areas with long, dark winters. Aside from the sun, we can obtain this essential nutrient through our diet and even grow a top plant-based source at home. Learn more about vitamin D, how it helps our bodies, and how to grow your own source at home.

Top Homegrown Sources of Vitamin E

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Homegrown crops provide us with many healthy nutrients, including vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin plays an important role in our immune systems, and offers many potential health benefits. Learn more about how vitamin E can support wellness and discover the top sources to grow in your garden. Read more now.

Which Vegetables Are High in Zinc?

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Do you know which foods provide our bodies with zinc, or how our bodies use it? Some significant sources may already be growing in your garden, and zinc plays a key role in several important bodily functions. Read on to learn more about this essential mineral and discover the best vegetable sources to grow your own.

Which Vegetables Are the Best Sources of Calcium?

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If you thought calcium only came from dairy products, think again! This essential mineral is found in a variety of vegetables that can easily be grown in the home garden. Read on to learn about how calcium helps our bodies beyond building strong bones, and discover our top five veggie picks to grow your own.

The Best Homegrown Vegetables High in Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that’s important for a plethora of functions within our bodies, including good vision! Dietary sources are easy to obtain, and can even be found right in your backyard vegetable garden. Read on to learn more about vitamin A and some of the top veggie sources you can add to your diet.

What Vegetables Are High in Iron?

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Iron is an important component of our red blood cells and it aids many functions in the body. While we may think of red meat or poultry first as dietary sources, iron can actually be found in several veggies! Read on to learn more about this essential mineral and some of the most abundant sources in your garden.

How to Pre-Seed your Garden in Fall for an Early Spring Harvest

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Looking for an easy way to get an early start to the spring season? Why not try planting next year’s seeds in the fall? With minimal effort this autumn, you can get a head start on next season with a healthier, heartier crop. Read on to learn how to pre-seed the vegetable garden this fall for an early spring harvest.

Get Your Daily Dose of B Vitamins with These Homegrown Vegetables

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Vegetables harvested fresh from the garden bring a burst of flavor to our meals. They also add a nutritious boost of vitamins and minerals – including many B-complex vitamins. Read more now to learn how these vitamins help with essential functions in the body, and which types of homegrown produce are the best sources.

Healthy Purple Produce: Should You Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables?

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Purple fruits and vegetables get a lot of praise for offering powerful health benefits. Here we explore what makes foods purple and dive into the nutrition facts. We also cover ideas to grow and eat more purple produce at home. Embrace the power of purple! Read more now to learn what makes purple produce so special.

Vegetable Seeds: Which to Sow Outdoors vs. Indoors?

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Some vegetable seeds should be sowed directly in the garden – while others are more successful when started indoors, and transplanted later. Find a list of which veggies are which, understand the reasons behind these guidelines – and learn about some exceptions you should know about, too. Read on to learn more now.

Anticipating and Assessing Frost Damage in the Fall Vegetable Garden

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When the thermometer takes a sudden dive, you may wake up to a vegetable garden coated with frost. Some crops can tolerate it, but others are ruined instantly. Learn about the hardiness of vegetables, what to do when frost is in the forecast, and how to deal with the damage that may occur. Read more now.

Winter Mulching to Protect Cold Tolerant Crops

Want to help your garden rest well this winter? Winter mulching is a great way to prolong harvests, improve soil quality, and protect overwintering plants by insulating soil with organic materials. Learn how to use mulch to better support perennials and annual crops this winter. Read more now.

How to Plant A Southern Fall Vegetable Garden

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Learn all about how and when to plant a southern fall vegetable garden, and enjoy homegrown produce well into fall and winter, when your northern friends can’t even see their soil underneath all the snow. Plus, get expert tips on which plants you’re likely to have success with in autumn.

11 of the Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots and Containers

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Want to start growing your own vegetables but you don’t have much space to spread out? Is it your goal to make the most of every nook and cranny of your small garden, balcony, or windowsill? Learn more about the best varieties of vegetables to grow in pots and containers, now on Gardener’s Path. Read more.

The Benefits of Using Soil Inoculants and Microbes in the Garden

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Soil is naturally full of beneficial microbes and nematodes that can help to prevent or even control plant diseases. Did you know you can increase the numbers of these useful organisms and improve the health of your garden by adding them as soil inoculants? Learn more about these fungi, bacteria, and other beneficials.

How to Start Annuals Indoors from Seed

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Are you itching to get into the garden, but it’s still too cold outside? Satisfy your craving to play in the dirt by starting seeds indoors. With an egg carton and potting medium, you can grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables to transplant outside when the weather warms. Learn how on Gardener’s Path.

Bone Meal: Friend or Foe? Learn How to Use It in Your Garden

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Have you heard of adding bone meal to the soil when planting flowers and vegetables? This organic fertilizer is rich in phosphorus and calcium, nutrients essential for healthy roots, foliage, flowers, and produce. Is it the right amendment for your garden? Learn how to be sure, right here on Gardener’s Path.

Make These Easy DIY Raised Beds: The Perfect Solution for Veggie Gardening

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For vertical gardens, leafy greens, and especially root crops, or if you simply want improved soil and drainage, a raised bed is the best option. But buying these from the store can really make you question the frugality of gardening. Check out this simple plan to build a small, economical version. Read more now.