Vegetable Gardening - How to Grow Vegetables at Home

Vegetable Gardening

About Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening is one of America’s favorite hobbies. Learn how to plant and grow your favorite vegetables right in your backyard home garden. Growing vegetables a snap, with our extensive encyclopedia on garden vegetable plants: how to grow, vegetable plant care, gardening tips. Find vegetable seeds, garden recipes, answers to plant problems, and much more. You’re on your way to great success when you use our vegetable garden guides to learn how to grow the very best home garden.

Our “How to grow” guides have information on how to grow your favorite vegetable plant, planting seeds, and plenty of gardening tips. Find plant history, medicinal value, and interesting facts, tips, and trivia. Impress your friends with your gardening knowledge. A little vegetable garden trivia goes a long way at the dinner table.

Did You Know? About 35 % of American households grow a vegetable garden. This represents over 39 million households.

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  • Artichoke -It takes a long time to produce “chokes”. But, it’s definitely worth the wait.
  • Arugula – This leafy green adds zip to salads
  • Asparagus – The plant requires almost no maintenance. Harvest spears in the spring for a real treat.
  • Bean Family – There are dozens of varieties. Grow your favorites, try some new ones.
  • Beans, Lima – Slow growing, but well worth the wait.
  • Beets – A pungent, red root crop.
  • Bok Choy – Enjoy this Asian cabbage.
  • Broccoli – Eat plenty of this healthy cool-weather vegetable.
  • Brussels Sprouts – Sprouts are members of the cabbage family. It loves cool weather.
  • Burdock – This root crop is native to Europe.
  • Cabbage – A cool-weather crop. Cole Slaw anyone!?
  • Cabbage, Michihili – a leafy form of cabbage.
  • Cantaloupe – Sweet melons are a summer treat.
  • Carrots – This root crop is good for your eyes.
  • Cauliflower – Grows best in cool weather.
  • Celery – They say you spend more calories eating it than it contains.
  • Celeriac – A root crop and member of the celery family.
  • Chickory – Here’s an easy-to-grow plant. Try Chickory coffee!
  • Chickpeas – Kids call them “Spider Eggs”. And they’re great in salads.
  • Chinese Vegetables – Grow a variety for Asian stir-fry.
  • Collard – A southern favorite.
  • Cocozielli – This squash can grow taller than a full-grown man.
  • Coffee Tree – You will love growing this as a houseplant.
  • Corn – For a sweet summer treat, grow your favorite variety.
  • Cowpeas – Also called “Black Eyed Peas”, a southern favorite. The leaves are edible, too.
  • Cress – Try these leafy green vegetables. It has a bitter, peppery taste.
  • Cucumber – Growing cukes is rewarding.
  • Cucumber, Pickling – Pickles are easy to make. This is the variety you want to use.

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  • Dandelion – A weed for some, a great salad for others. Dandelion wine, anyone!?
  • Edible Flowers – You’ll be amazed at how many flowers are edible. They’re great tasting, too!
  • Eggplant – Eggplant parmesan comes to mind for this Italian favorite.
  • Eggplant, Ornamental – This edible ornamental is known by many names.
  • Endive – The green makes for a perfect salad.
  • Fennel – The bulbous root of this European native is eaten raw, cooked or boiled.
  • Flax – This versatile plant is a flower a vegetable, an herb and it’s medicinal, too!
  • Garlic – Popular around the world in many cultures and thousands of recipes. It wards against vampires, too.
  • Gourds – A fall decorating favorite. Comes in all sorts of shapes and colors.
  • Herbs – Culinary, medicinal, floral, and aromatic uses.
  • Hops – If you make your own beer, you’ve gotta grow your own hops.
  • Horseradish – An invasive plant, with sharp flavored roots.
  • Jerusalem Artichoke – Nothing like globe artichoke. They are a tuber.
  • Kale – Extremely healthy and nutritious. Very easy to grow and very hardy.
  • Kohlrabi – Looking to grow a plant that looks like it came from outer space?
How to Grow Vgetables

So many vegetable choices, so little garden space.

  • Leeks – A member of the onion family and a favorite in gourmet recipes.
  • Lettuce Family – Almost too many varieties to count. Each variety has their unique characteristics to spruce up your salads.
  • Luffa Sponge Gourd  – Yes, you can make sponges from them.
  • Melons – From cantaloupe to Crenshaw, sweet melons are a summer favorite.
  • Mushrooms – An easy to grow crop. But, you must be careful as many mushrooms are poisonous.
  • Mustard – Use the leaves for salad. Use the seeds to make mustard.
  • Nasturtium – With peppery leaves to spice up salads, this flower/vegetable is fun to grow and eat.
  • Okra – A southern favorite and a must-have ingredient for Gumbo.
  • Onions – Easy to grow, takes up little space.
  • Onion, Vidalia – ‘Bloomin Onions, anyone!?
  • Ornamental Eggplant – Yes, it’s edible.
Green Beans

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  • Pak Choi – Asian leaf cabbage. Good in soups and stir-fry.
  • Parsley –  A biennial herb. Makes a great garnish.
  • Parsley, Hamburg Rooted – The flavorful roots are nothing like parsley herb.
  • Parsnips – A member of the carrot family, they look like carrots, only bigger and white.
  • Peanut – It’s a popular crop in the south.
  • Peas – For a sweet treat, plant sweet peas as soon as the ground can be worked
  • Peppers – Dozens and dozens of varieties of sweet and hot peppers. There’s something here for everyone.
  • Hot Pepper – Some like it hot. Some like it sizzling hot.
  • Popcorn – Have fun growing and popping your own popcorn.
  • Potato – Plant a potato and dig up several a few months later. It’s a simple as that!
  • Pumpkin – Grow big pumpkins, small pumpkins, matter of fact, grow all pumpkins.
  • Giant Pumpkins – Can you grow a pumpkin that weighs over a ton? Sure you can!!
  • Pumpkin, Miniature – Use miniature pumpkins for fall decorating. They’re edible, too.
  • Pumpkin, Varieties – Want to grow a pumpkin? There are hundreds of varieties.
  • Purslane – That weed in your sidewalk crack or flower garden belongs in your vegetable garden.
  • Radicchio – Try these cool weather gourmet vegetables that are native to Italy.
  • Radish – Add zip to salads and color to veggie trays.
  • Rhubarb – One of the only perennial vegetables. Can you name another?
  • Rice – In the right climate, you too can grow rice.
  • Romaine – If it’s a Caesar salad, it is made of crispy romaine lettuce.
  • Roquette – Also called Arugula, this leafy green is as good for your health as it tastes.
  • Rutabaga – If you’ve never tried it, you’re in good company. Be a maverick and give it a try.
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  • Salsify – Will you be satisfied with Salsify? We think you will.
  • Scallions – As a member of the onion family, scallions are a favorite of gourmet chefs.
  • Scarlet Runner Bean – Is it a flower, or is it a vegetable? It’s both!
  • Shallots – Another member of the onion family, that gourmet chefs love to use.
  • Soybeans – High in fiber and protein. If you’re a tofu lover, grow soybeans and make your own Tofu.
  • Spinach – Popeye is right. Spinach makes you strong and healthy.
  • Spinach, New Zealand – Not a true spinach. Prefers warm weather.
  • Squash – These notorious cross breeders offer many varieties. Learn all about them in this vegetable garden guide.
  • Sunflower – Feed the birds you enjoy the blooms. Save some seeds for yourself.
  • Sweet Potato – Similar yet much different than a yam.
  • Swiss Chard – Do you eat the delicious leaves as a salad or cooked. Or, do you cook the stems? Why not use both!?
  • Tea – The only thing better than growing tea is drinking it.
  • Tomatillo – Easy to grow, prolific plants. Make your own salsa verde.
  • Tomatoes – By far the most popular vegetable in American gardens. The question is “how many varieties will you grow?”
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Place the plants along the edge of the garden. Watch the fruit disappear when the kids and grandkids walk by.
  • Grape Tomato – Oblong miniature tomatoes with a great taste.
  • Turk’s Turban – It’s a squash that looks like a UFO with out-of-this-world taste.
  • Turnip – Once you’ve tasted them, you’ll be growing them.
  • Watermelon – The long growing period is worth the wait.
  • Wheatgrass – For the health-conscious gardener. It’s easy to grow.
  • Yam – A sub-tropical plant often confused with sweet potatoes.
  • Zucchini – The word “prolific” was created to define zucchini plant production.
  • Giant Veggies – Amaze yourself with the size of record giant vegetables.

Vegetable Gardening Tip:

When preparing vegetables, avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables……….. Get someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.

More Resources

Livingston Seed Company – America’s oldest seed company.
Ferry Morse Seed Company – the first to put seeds in a packet.

Lilly Miller – a Northwestern favorite

Garden Hobbies – More great vegetable garden guides

Thought for the Day: I want to grow my own food, but I can’t find bacon seeds.

How to Grow Vgetables

Vegetable Gardening Plant Care

Vegetable Gardening information Garden Hobbies, loaded with vegetable gardening tips.

Carbohydrates in Vegetables – All vegetables have carbs.

Vegetable Plant Botanical Names Cross reference common plant names to botanical names, for your favorite vegetables.

Official State Vegetables – What is your state official state vegetable?

Vegetable Plant pH Levels – find the ideal level for your plants.

About seeds and saving seeds

Edible Flowers

Did you know? We all have fears. Psychologists can hardly keep track of all our phobias. Just so you know, Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables.

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