Vegetable Gardening Explained

Home Grown is fresher, tastier and ultra local.

Gardening can be frustrating if you go it alone. But you don’t have to….

We share all the facts to make your harvest successful! 

Choose the Right Veggies and Fruit Varieties for Your Needs

There are so many vegetables to grow, but how do you know which to try? 

The key to success is to match the varieties to your environment.

On each page, we will tell you the best choices for your garden. 


Where should you plant that seed? We consider

  • is your soil well drained, wet or dry
  • how much sunlight is needed
  • should you grow in the spring, summer or all season long
  • do you have enough nitrogen or too much
  • should you prepare the ground in the fall
    if possible
  • will the seed produce in a pot, in a raised bed and in the ground equally well

How Do I Prepare Raised Beds?

In many gardens, a raised bed is a great idea because the bed is drier and warmer in the spring than the ground.

But some plants may have roots longer than your beds are deep. A few plants would rather be wet and cool.

How deep should your bed be?

Can you put any old dirt in it?

Do you need fertilizer? 

Each page gives you the answer so you aren’t wasting money on more supplies than you need or forgetting critical elements.

Can I Grow in Fabric Bags, Containers and Pots?


Some varieties do well, and some don’t.

We help you match productive little plants to your container garden.

How About Growing in the Ground?

Lots of space means lots of freedom AND lots of decisions.

Often it’s best to prepare the ground in the fall, so you can plant as early as possible in the spring.

Big gardens can swallow lots of time and resources, but we will help you save time and frustration.  

How Do I Plant Seeds?

You will learn about:

  • Soil temperature
  • Seed depth.  
  • Single row, double row or wide beds.
  • Sunlight
  • When and how much to water.
  • Mulch to keep the soil cool.
  • Hints for faster germination.

Getting the most FOOD

Find out:

How much to water per week. 

How much fertilizer and when to apply it.

If you have a short growing season, how to choose plants with short maturity dates.

Which crops to plant every three weeks to prolong the season. 

Which veggies and fruits are happier with fences and cages.

When Do I Harvest ?

After watching your garden grow, timing the harvest is critical.

Too early, and the produce is tasteless. Too late and they can be tough, bitter, moldy or go to seed.

We include when to pick, and how fast to use it or preserve it. 

If you take care of your plants, you can look forward to a wealth of good food!

A 100’ row will yield around 40 pounds of peas, or 150 pounds of carrots, or 120 ears of corn !

And we are just getting STARTED!

Thanks for looking. Much more to come.

Gonna be something really cool here eventually.

Cool stuff here too.

If I knew how much work this was gonna be…