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Vegetable Gardens

There’s few things more rewarding than growing vegetables in your own backyard. The fresh taste of a vine ripened tomato or snap pea harvested at its flavorful peak is second to none. Vegetable gardens are a great family activity, one that provides rewarding outdoor exercise. And knowing that your organically-grown veggies carry none of the risks of today’s commercial, factory-farm produce can be priceless.

To ensure you raise the best-tasting, most nutritious food for your family — in ways that make your garden as safe and healthy as it can be — takes planning, know-how and experience. Click the blog articles here for information on locating your new garden plot, improving soil health, selecting the best vegetable varieties for your growing conditions, and caring for your plants — naturally! — all the way to harvest.

Share ideas or ask specific questions over at our Vegetable Garden Forum. Planet Natural’s community of avid gardeners can help.

Homegrown Thanksgiving

Community

Being thankful for the foods we grow ourselves.

Storing the Harvest: Drying Fruits and Vegetables

Gardens

Drying fruits and vegetables has distinct advantages over canning, freezing or other preserving methods.

Why Are Today's Vegetables Less Nutritious?

Community

How building soil, growing heirlooms can stop nutrient decline in vegetables and fruits.

Fava Bean Recipes

Gardens

Fava beans are great in casseroles and salads. Here's how to cook them, fresh or dried.

Mid-Summer Garden News

Environment

We're growing great greens, cheering beneficial insects, and planning succession planting half-way into the summer garden.

Beet Recipes

Gardens

Beets give us delicious, nutritious greens and delectable roots. Here's recipes for both.

Arugula Recipes

Gardens

Great in salads and stir-fries — even casseroles — arugula is a bold, versatile addition to many recipes.

Gardening Reality Check

Common Pests

No one said gardening is a bed of roses.

Gardening and the Five-Gallon Bucket

Container Gardens

Chores, container gardens, hydroponics and other uses for 5 gallon buckets.

Stagger Plantings to Keep the Harvest Going

Garden Design

How to maximize crop yields from small space vegetable gardens.

Legume Inoculants Boost Yields, Keep Plants Healthy

Compost & Soil

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and organic compost for peas, beans and healthy soil.

Artichokes From the Organic Garden

Gardens

Growing artichokes as edibles or ornamentals at home.