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Growing Great Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits & Berries in the Home Garden

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Nothing tastes as good as home grown, fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. It doesn't take a lot of skill or space to grow something delicious in the backyard. Here's a collection of great tips and ideas to turn your home garden into a gourmet's delight.
  1. Vegetables
  2. Tomatoes, Totally
  3. Herbs & Edible Flowers
  1. Fruits & Berries
  2. Preserving the Harvest
  3. Organic Gardening

Vegetables

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Few of us vegetable garden out of need any longer, unless you count the need for a sun-warmed tomato. You can vegetable garden in a pot on the patio or a half-acre vegetable patch. Either way the rewards are great. Here are some tips for coaxing the best out of your vegetable plants.

Tomatoes, Totally

Tomato Growing Tips

How many gardeners grow vegetables because they can't buy a tomato that tastes the way they remember a tomato tasting? Tomatoes rule in the vegetable garden and this section is devoted to ensuring that you get the most from your tomato plants.

Herbs & Edible Flowers

Herb Gardening

We tend to think of culinary herbs when we hear the phrase 'herb gardening,' even though many herbs aren't even edible. Yes, herbs add spice to the vegetable garden, but they also add scent and texture. All this and herbs are one of the easiest groups of plants to grow. They're virtually pest-free and very low maintenance.

Fruits & Berries

Growing Fruits & Berries in the Backyard

Growing fruits and berries is an investment in time and effort, but it's worth it. Some fruits require more labor than others. Dwarf trees make it possible to grow fruit trees in containers and there's always room for a strawberry pot. Fruit belongs in every backyard garden, even if it's only going to feed the birds.

Preserving the Harvest

Preserving What You Grow

It never fails that everything starts to ripen at once. If you can't eat it all yourself, don't go sneaking into your neighbor's yard after midnight to leave him a bag of cucumbers and zucchini. Local food pantries would welcome your abundance. And then there are ways to preserve the harvest for later in the year, when your vegetable garden is but a memory.

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening Basics

Many gardeners are put off by the phrase "organic gardening" because they think it means they'll have to settle for wormy vegetables and fruits, and even worse, they'll have to do a lot more work for less reward. It may be true that organic gardening takes a little more work up front, but mostly it's just common sense. Once you get your garden in harmony with nature, there's less work and and worry all around.

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