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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.

Lesson In Brussels Sprouts


Patience, persistence required while growing brussel sprouts.

Grow A Straw Bale Garden

Garden Design

Gardens made of straw bales are great for tomatoes, potatoes and all your favorite vegetables.

Hybrid Broccoli Controversy

Food Safety

Want the tastiest healthy broccoli, hybrid or heirloom? Grow it yourself.

Water Saving Tips for Gardens


How to conserve water while making sure your vegetable garden gets what it needs.

Melon Growing Problems

Common Pests

Dealing with melon pests and disease problems... organically.

Doin' the Pollinate Shake!


How to hand pollinate plants in the vegetable garden.

Steps in Transplanting Seedlings

Garden Calendar

How to successfully transplant seedlings into the vegetable garden.

Thinning Plants in Your Garden

Garden Calendar

Tips and techniques for thinning out vegetable seedlings.

Early Spring Vegetables

Garden Calendar

Planting vegetables for a spring and early summer harvest.

Hybrids, GMOs: Not the Same

Food Safety

Clearing up the confusion between hybrids and GMOs.

Sweet Corn: Hybrid and Heritage


What's the difference between homegrown sweet corn and store-bought? Taste!

Fast (Fresh, Organic) Food


Here's how to get quick, nutritious vegetables from your garden.