A Guide to Growing Collard Greens

A popular vegetable crop in the south of the U.S., collard greens are actually native to Asia Minor and the eastern parts of the Mediterranean. A member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferous vegetable family, these low maintenance, no fuss crops thrive in most USDA Zones and climates. Like kale, these leafy vegetables are best described

15 Best Full Sun Vegetables for a Summer Garden

Planting vegetables in the right spot in your garden is one of the keys to getting a bumper crop. Some love the sun, others start wilting if they get too much sun, and so on. Thankfully, you can find a vegetable that will grow well in just about any type of garden. If you have

How to Grow and Care for the Pea Plant

Packed with flavor and full of nutritious goodness, the pea plant is an elegant addition to the vegetable garden. As well as introducing height and structure, a row of peas is a great way to shade, low growing, cool weather specimens. They are also pleasingly easy to grow. Adding to the attraction of the pea

A Guide to Harvesting Potatoes

A popular member of the vegetable garden, the potato is one of the easiest crops to grow. A low maintenance, versatile crop potato plants help to suppress weed growth and cultivate your soil. They are just as happy growing in containers and raised beds or planters as they are in the ground. But when are

Growing Swiss Chard in Your Garden

Swiss chard is one of the most ornamental vegetables you can grow in your garden. It has colorful, edible leaves that are highly nutritious and good for both fresh eating and cooking. Swiss chard is also an easy green to grow. It tolerates heat much better than other salad plants like lettuce, arugula, and spinach.

Growing Parsnips Guide: Planting, Care, and Harvest

If you’ve never tried parsnips, you’re missing out. They have a lovely sweet and mild flavor that is excellent roasted with other root veggies, added to soups and stews, baked as fries, or sauteed. If you have tried parsnips and love them, you may be wondering how easy they are to grow in the garden.

How to Grow Garlic in a Pot

Growing garlic is a satisfying process. Not only does it provide you with a supply of fresh garlic cloves, it also enables you to experience a far wider range of varieties. Far more than you could ever find in your local grocery store. Additionally, growing garlic is a relatively easy process. It doesn’t require much

Ultimate Guide to Growing Leeks

If you are looking for a hardy, low maintenance vegetable to add to your winter garden, why not try growing leeks? These pleasingly trouble free vegetables produce attractive, nutritious stems from fall until spring. Providing you with a reliable crop of versatile, fresh vegetables when other harvests are thin on the ground. Gardeners in nearly

How to Grow Chives 

An attractive ornamental plant, chives are regularly found in herb gardens, edging paths or in mixed flower beds. Versatile and easy to cultivate, both the foliage and the flowers can be used in the kitchen. A member of the lily family, for many gardeners chives are the ideal addition to the perennial or culinary garden.

Growing Sweet Corn Guide

Sweet corn is one of the most familiar vegetables of late summer. Most people leave it to the farmers to grow corn, but there’s no reason home gardeners can’t add this crop to their vegetable plot. Of course, corn does take up more space than other vegetables, so you do need to have enough room

Growing Eggplant: A Complete Guide

Growing eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a great choice for a number of reasons. These stately plants add elegance to both vegetable and ornamental borders. Ideal for gardens that enjoy long, warm summers these versatile plants thrive in both raised beds and containers. A member of the nightshade family, the eggplant is closely related to the

How to Store Potatoes 

Learning how to store potatoes correctly is a surprisingly useful skill. The methods I will outline here can be applied to potatoes you have grown and freshly harvested in your garden or those you have purchased fresh from a local farmers market. Learning how to store potatoes before they begin to sprout and spoil also

A Complete Guide to Growing Zucchini 

More and more people are growing zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) in their gardens and it’s easy to see why. These attractive plants are surprisingly low maintenance and reliably produce large, great tasting yields. A member of the Cucurbita family alongside cucumbers, melons and squashes, zucchini is technically a fruit. Also known as courgette, these plants are

21 Best Late Summer Vegetables to Plant This Year

Things may quiet down in your flower garden during late summer, but it’s a great time of year if you’ve planted a vegetable garden. You might think that not much will happen during the hottest months of the year, but that’s not true at all. For most gardeners, late summer is the space of time

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes 

Popular in the southern states, almost anyone can learn how to grow sweet potatoes. Despite often being called a yam (Dioscorea sp.), the two vegetables are actually unrelated. Similarly sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). Instead this pleasing edible is closely related to vining sweet potatoes, a popular colorful ornamental, and the

Growing Green Beans – Ultimate Guide

Green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are prized for their easy growing nature and quick growth habit. One of the easiest vegetables you can grow, whether you are new to gardening or an experienced grower, everyone can enjoy the great taste of freshly picked green beans. If you want to enjoy their sweet taste, the pods are

Growing Spinach Guide – How to Grow Spinach at Home

Growing spinach is an intense but deeply rewarding activity. A relative of Swiss chard and beets, spinach has a vigorous growth habit. A cool weather loving plant. Once you work out how to make the crop last as long as possible in the spring, when the lighter days can shorten the plants lifespan, it is

Growing Garlic Guide – How to Grow and Care for Garlic

Growing garlic is a pleasingly easy and low maintenance process. Thriving in cooler climates garlic plants do not require lots of space or attention. This means that practically anybody can try growing their own garlic plant. And there are lots of reasons why you would want to. A useful culinary ingredient garlic has a range

Growing Rhubarb Guide – How to Grow Rhubarb at Home

An old fashioned favorite, gardeners have been growing rhubarb for centuries. In recent decades this incredibly tart vegetable has undeservedly fallen out of favor. If you’ve never experienced the sour delight of rhubarb then you are in for a treat. When baked in a sweet pie or crumble or used as a jam (rhubarb is

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts Plant

One of the most instantly recognisable winter vegetables, the Brussels Sprouts plant is packed with flavor and nutrients. A particularly good source of Vitamins C and D, this distinctive vegetable is named after the city of Brussels, where they first found popularity. Instantly recognisable, the Brussels sprout plant is a staple of the vegetable garden. 

Growing Turnips: Guide to Planting, Care, and Harvesting

Turnips may not be the most thrilling vegetable you can grow, but they have great flavor and are a very reliable crop. You can harvest them much more quickly than other root crops like carrots or potatoes. Once thought of as a “poor man’s food,” we now know that turnips are incredibly nutritious. The roots

How to Grow Longevity Spinach

Have you ever wondered how to grow longevity spinach? You may have heard about this unique green packed with health benefits, or this may be your first time hearing the term “longevity spinach.” What does it mean, exactly? What makes longevity spinach different from other varieties of spinach? Why should you consider adding it to

How to Grow and Care for Ranunculus Bulbs

Ranunculus is a beautiful flower that looks like a cross between a rose and a peony. It’s one of the most popular flowers for bridal bouquets and a favorite at florist shops. Because ranunculus needs a mild climate to survive year round, many gardeners in colder climates avoid planting it. However, by following the right

Growing Arugula Plant- Detailed Care Guide

Arugula is a salad green with a very distinct, peppery flavor. It can take some getting used to the first time you taste it, but many people quickly find themselves hooked on arugula’s spicy nature. If you enjoy arugula in salads or to cook with, you’ll be happy to know it’s an extremely easy vegetable

Growing Broccoli – A Complete Guide

Growing broccoli in your garden is a pleasingly rewarding process. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a versatile vegetable. It is also a surprisingly nutritious vegetable full of minerals and vitamins such as folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A iron and fiber. Broccoli is a cool season, sun loving plant. It is usually grown in the spring or

24 Vegetables That Grow in Shade

Did you know that any garden site that only gets two hours of direct sunlight can grow vegetables? Also, any garden that gets dappled shade throughout the day with no direct sunlight can produce vegetables. If you’re looking for vegetables that grow in shade, look for ones that you grow for your roots and leaves

How to Grow Lacinato Kale

Kale used to be a despised leafy vegetable that people only ate when they had to, but it has increased dramatically in popularity and become one of the most trending leafy greens. The reason for this is most likely that people learned how nutritious it is and also discovered its versatility in cooked and raw

How to Store Beets

Beets are colorful, sweet, earthy, and nutrient-rich. Most people have a strong feeling about their flavor, either loving or hating it. It’s easy to get a bumper crop of beet roots in your garden. They grow well in the cool weather of spring and fall (winter, too, in warm climates) and produce quickly. You can

Growing Chickpeas: How to Grow Chickpeas and Care for Them

Growing chickpeas isn’t a hard process, but it does take slightly longer than other vegetables you’d grow in containers like lettuce. Better known as the garbanzo bean, this is a cold-season annual that needs just over three months (100 days) to reach their harvest point. In turn, you’ll have to care for this plant slightly

How to Grow Onions

Onions are a hardy, cool season crop that you can grow in your home garden. They are pretty easy to grow, but a few important tips will help you to successfully harvest large bulbs for eating and storage. If you’ve only ever bought onions at the store, you might be surprised by the flavor and

How to Grow and Harvest Parsley Plant

Parsley is an herb with a bright and fresh flavor that makes a perfect addition to salads, soups, sauces, and stuffing. It’s healthy as well as flavorful with a high amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron. Easy to grow, parsley is a great addition to any herb garden. It’s one of the earliest

How to Care for Amaryllis

Producing attractive lily-like trumpet shaped flowers on elegantly long stems even the most experienced of gardeners will enjoy growing the attractive amaryllis. Despite the plant’s exotic appearance it is one of the easiest bulbs to cultivate. This means that anyone can enjoy some success by growing an amaryllis. Whether you are new to caring for

How to Grow and Harvest Pole Beans

Pole beans are a staple garden vegetable that are very easy and rewarding to grow. You can easily fit them into your garden, even if you’re short on space, and they’ll reward you with a prolific harvest. Often referred to simply as green beans or string beans, pole beans actually come in an astonishing range

How to Grow Asparagus from Seed

Learning how to grow asparagus from seed is a fascinating journey. Asparagus plants are often grown from bare root stock crowns because it is quicker than growing from seed. However, even if you grow the plant from root stock crowns it can take up to 3 years before the plants are ready to harvest. Whichever

A Guide to Growing Peas in Containers

Learning how to grow peas in containers is a great way to enjoy the sweet taste of freshly picked peas. One of the easiest vegetables to grow, growing peas in containers is just as easy as cultivating tomatoes in containers. This is also an ideal solution if you have only a small garden or outdoor

The Complete Cruciferous Vegetables List

This cruciferous vegetables list is designed to not only highlight some lesser known varieties but to also remind you of some vegetable garden stalwarts. All the entries on our cruciferous vegetables list share many of the same health benefits, anti cancer properties and nutritional benefits. They are rich in vitamins A, C and E as

How to Grow Celery – Growing Celery Guide

Learning how to grow celery is a great way to ensure a regular supply of your favorite healthy snack. Celery is packed with health benefits and is a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients. It also helps to reduce inflammation and improves digestion. Sadly, this healthy vegetable also has a reputation for being difficult to

How to Store Garlic – Storing Garlic the Right Way

Here’s what you need to know about how to store garlic harvested from your garden. Garlic is a very rewarding plant to grow in your garden, especially if you love cooking with it and are always buying it at the store. The plant itself grows well in almost any climate, and freshly harvested garlic is

17 Easiest Vegetables to Grow 

Gardening is a great way to cheaply enjoy healthy, fresh food. It is also a great way to get some exercise. However, growing your own fruit and vegetables can seem intimidating. This list of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden is designed to help you begin this fascinating and fulfilling hobby. As well

How to Dry Basil and Keep Them Fresh All Year

Basil is one of the easiest herbs you can grow and will reward you with an abundant harvest throughout the summer. Its fresh, pungent flavor is a popular staple in everything from pizza to lemonade. If you’ve ever grown this herb, you know there’s nothing quite like picking fresh basil and adding it to your

Ultimate Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers

Growing lettuce in containers is a great solution if you only have a small garden, balcony or patio. If you are able to begin growing lettuce in pots indoors you are also able to get a head start on the growing season. This means that you will be able to enjoy fresh salad leaves even

Growing Scallions in Your Home Garden

You may have heard scallions called green onions or bunching onions. Their scientific name is Allium fistulosum, and they have white and green stalks. They don’t form bulbs like traditional onions, and you can chop them up and eat them raw or cook them in a large variety of dishes. In traditional Asian cuisine, scallions

Ultimate Guide to Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing potatoes in containers is a great idea if you are short on space. Not only is this an easy process, it is also one of the most rewarding. Even the smallest container will yield a pleasing crop of potatoes. This is ideal for container gardens. Their lush green foliage is a perfect partner for

How to Grow the Bell Pepper Plant

The bell pepper plant is not only attractive, it is also a very rewarding addition to a garden. Their reputation for being difficult to grow comes from people not giving these plants the correct attention. Also known as sweet peppers or capsicum, if cared for properly you will be rewarded with an abundance of rich

Sorrel Plant Care – How to Grow Sorrel

Sorrel plant is a leafy green herbs with a tart, lemony flavor. A member of the Polygonaceae family, this is a low maintenance, high flavor, addition to the herb garden. It’s leaves can be used either fresh, in salads, or as flavouring in a range of culinary dishes. Warning: the leaves of sorrel contain potentially

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Cauliflower

Rows of growing cauliflower plants are a common sight in vegetable gardens. One of the most versatile members of the brassica family, cauliflower is happiest in compact rows in cool climates. Their edible, neat head, in white as well as shades of purple and orange, are a common sight in vegetable gardens. Happiest  in cooler

How to Grow Elephant Garlic – Care, Types and Growing Tips

Elephant garlic is an interesting perennial crop to consider growing in your garden. In this article, we will discuss what it is, why you should grow it, and how to grow it in your garden. We’ll cover all the important things you need to know in order to grow it successfully where you live. Read

15 Perennial Vegetables – Care, Types and Growing Tips

Annual vegetables are familiar favourites in many gardens. Many gardeners are used to growing annuals from seed each year to feed themselves and their families. But fewer gardeners are aware of the potential of perennial vegetables. While these may not be as familiar as their annual cousins, they can be a great choice. Unlike annuals,