Where to Start

The tips and guidance for growing vegetables, herbs, annual flowers, perennials, fruits and berries.
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Focus On: Cutting Looseleaf Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
Focus On: Cutting Looseleaf Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
One of the easiest vegetable garden plants to grow.
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Small Space Gardening
Small Space Gardening
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Hardening Off Your Seedlings
Hardening Off Your Seedlings

Your seedlings may look like they are ready to go it on their own in your garden, but be kind, prepare them for the extremes of your garden with a process called ‘hardening off.’

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Front Yard Vegetable Garden
Front Yard Vegetable Garden
On your way home from work, stop and grab a salad. And hey, grab a bouquet of flowers, too. No need to go to the grocery store. Pick them up on your way in the front door. Pick them from your front yard.
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Indoor Seed Starting
Indoor Seed Starting

It's possible to have a fine vegetable garden by buying young plants. But you will have a much wider range of possibilities if you start your own plants from seeds indoors.

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Container Vegetables
Container Vegetables

No place to dig a garden? You can still grow your own food!

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New to Gardening?
New to Gardening?

There's a gardener in everyone just waiting to sprout. But how do you start?

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Direct Sow Seeds
Direct Sow Seeds
It's the miracle everyone wants: You plant a seed in the soil, add a little water and sunshine, and soon you're eating what you grew.
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Raised Beds
Raised Beds

If you're planning to a vegetable garden, the best place to plant may not be in the ground. It may be above ground.

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Best Direct-Sow Seeds
Best Direct-Sow Seeds

Some gardeners are a little intimidated by the thought of starting plants from seeds indoors under lights. But that doesn’t mean they can’t grow their own plants from seed.

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Seed Starting Basics
Seed Starting Basics

Growing from seed not only gives you a much larger selection of vegetables and flowers to choose from, it also lets you get a jump on the growing season by starting many plants indoors.

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Second Year Gardening
Second Year Gardening

Did you grow your first vegetable garden last year? Was it all that you hoped for? Are you planning to try again this year?

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Growing Vegetables in Containers and Pots
Growing Vegetables in Containers and Pots
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Gardens for Narrow and Small Spaces
Gardens for Narrow and Small Spaces
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Getting the most from your garden
Getting the most from your garden
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Gardening on a Deck or Patio
Gardening on a Deck or Patio
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Tips for New Gardeners
Tips for New Gardeners
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