Most vegetables picked from your vegetable garden are eaten immediately after harvest and contain more nutrients than the ones that are picked green and transported for several days to your local market During this transportation time the vegetables are in general depleted of their natural nutrients Aug 13 2019Winter crops to grow under cover There's no question that greenhouses raised garden covers and other forms of cover offer the gardener some of the best return on their money—and winter gardening is where these tools really prove their worth The following vegetables will grow outdoors until hard frosts appear Then they need protection to extend the harvest

Starting a vegetable garden

Cost-effective vegetables When choosing what to grow have a plan and research which plants will work for you and your area It's a good idea to start with seasonal planting - a gardening calendar will help you work out which vegetables and fruits grow in which months and when to harvest

Apr 26 2016You can grow organic vegetables for a fraction of the cost in the stores Get outdoor exercise Gardening is a physical activity and pulling weeds planting and digging can burn up to 400 calories per hour Gardening is also a good mental exercise and helps keep your mind sharp Gardening is a natural stress reliever Being outside in the

Because mite populations decline as the weather cools in the fall they will not have time to increase to damaging numbers when the fall garden crops are growing Harvesting fall vegetables To get the best results from your garden harvest produce properly and

Mar 19 2020As a home gardener for the past 26 years I've learned much when it comes to growing vegetables — and I have been deeply satisfied by the opportunity to grow nutritious food for my family However it can be a definite challenge to grow veggies like those found in your local market — especially in our fickle Pacific Northwest climate

Jul 05 2020Both crops require a steady supply of H20 to fill our their fruits so water well Lettuce / Kale / Greens The entire "greens" family is perfect for summer replanting in the vegetable garden Lettuce kale spinach and similar greens all germinate and grow quickly Many varieties are ready for harvest in as little as 25 to 30 days after

Planting the vegetable garden

Planting a vegetable garden is an enjoyable experience With careful planning and preparation you can have a good harvest See individual vegetable pages for more information on growing specific crops in your home garden How to plant the vegetable garden

We have more than 220 articles on planting growing and harvesting your favorite vegetables Visit the veggie guide If you're starting a small orchard planting a fruit tree in the container or growing a few strawberries in your vegetable garden we have more than 50 articles on the best way to grow tree and small fruits in your landscape

Whether you're ready to plant your first crops or have been growing food for years you'll find new ideas to keep you going and growing There's no reason to keep your vegetables separate from the rest of the garden we show you how with ideas to integrate edibles into the yard (called edible landscaping)

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

For example most fall crops should be started in July Keep in mind that many leafy crops will mature more slowly when started later in the season since the days are growing shorter and sun exposure is less (see Best Garden Veggies to Over-Winter) Also reconsider what you want to grow for your second season Generally you'll want hardier

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

Aug 15 2018Clues that Your Vegetables are Ready Before you get ahead of yourself step back and think about when you planted your vegetable garden Vegetables such as asparagus mushrooms chives and oregano are planted early in the growing season whereas tomatoes potatoes and onions are planted later in the season so their harvest dates can differ

Because mite populations decline as the weather cools in the fall they will not have time to increase to damaging numbers when the fall garden crops are growing Harvesting fall vegetables To get the best results from your garden harvest produce properly and

Veggie Harvest

Most vegetables picked from your vegetable garden are eaten immediately after harvest and contain more nutrients than the ones that are picked green and transported for several days to your local market During this transportation time the vegetables are in general depleted of their natural nutrients

Sep 09 2019How to Grow Patio Vegetables Start by choosing a sunny location for your patio vegetable garden Most garden plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day Ideally your location for growing vegetables on your porch will be near a faucet to facilitate watering and the overall layout will be aesthetically pleasing

Planting a vegetable garden is an enjoyable experience With careful planning and preparation you can have a good harvest See individual vegetable pages for more information on growing specific crops in your home garden How to plant the vegetable garden

Harvesting the Crops in Your Vegetable Garden Expert suggestions on how and when to harvest specific vegetables and crops during the growing season and tips on preparing your harvest for storing and preservation: 6 Ways to Extend Your Harvests 4 Harvesting Horseradish: A Winter Warmer 0 How to Tell When Fruits and Vegetables are Ready for

Apr 21 2020Growing your own vegetables is a rewarding venture that's both affordable and appetizing but the beginning gardener may find it difficult to weed through an overwhelming landscape of resources Whether you're new to gardening or interested in saving costs Vegetable Gardening for Beginners offers easy-to-follow steps for starting and

Apr 08 2020Designing Your Vegetable Garden Before planting prepare a plan of the garden on paper The plan should show the location of each crop and the amount to be planted on each date It can also indicate what companion crops will be planted together Planting and Harvesting Considerations

Apr 26 2016You can grow organic vegetables for a fraction of the cost in the stores Get outdoor exercise Gardening is a physical activity and pulling weeds planting and digging can burn up to 400 calories per hour Gardening is also a good mental exercise and helps keep your mind sharp Gardening is a natural stress reliever Being outside in the

Apr 08 2020Designing Your Vegetable Garden Before planting prepare a plan of the garden on paper The plan should show the location of each crop and the amount to be planted on each date It can also indicate what companion crops will be planted together Planting and Harvesting Considerations

Aug 13 2019Winter crops to grow under cover There's no question that greenhouses raised garden covers and other forms of cover offer the gardener some of the best return on their money—and winter gardening is where these tools really prove their worth The following vegetables will grow outdoors until hard frosts appear Then they need protection to extend the harvest

Enter your location above to get your spring and fall planting dates! Vegetable Planting Calendar Find out when to plant vegetables with the Almanac's planting guide! We'll tell you the earliest dates to plant vegetables in the spring and the last dates that you can plant for a fall harvest based on average frost dates for your location The gardening experts at The Old Farmer's Almanac