Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Guide

This how-to guide gives you the basics on starting your vegetable garden, whether you have backyard space to spare or a small spot ready for containers.

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Plan Your Vegetable Garden

Deciding what to plant depends on your season, your site, and of course, your taste buds. Here's what you need to know and do to get started.


Vegetable Garden Designs

Space is at a premium for many gardeners, but with careful planning you can have a fruitful garden no matter the size. Here you’ll find plans for all seasons to give you some ideas for your garden.

Fertilizer and Mulch

Caring for Your Garden

The best thing you can do for your garden is to closely observe its progress and take steps to correct little problems before they become big ones. These other essentials will help, too.

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What's in Season?

Winter, spring, summer, and fall each offer their own unique fruits and vegetables for distinct seasonal flavor. Learn to choose and use each season's best.

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