Healthy bell peppers growing with proper instructions

Peppers: How to Grow and Harvest

Green, yellow, red…sweet or knock your socks off spicy — the numerous pepper choices makes them a great garden plant. Start seeds indoors in early spring, moving them outside when the weather cooperates. They have little trouble with insect pests and make great companion plants.

Healthy cilantro that is ready to be harvested

How to Grow and Harvest Cilantro

Cilantro is an easy plant to grow in the garden. It grows quickly, is tolerant of light frost, and does well in the ground or containers. Once mature, it produces high-quality fresh foliage for about 8 to 10 weeks. It does best when planted in the spring or fall, avoiding the heat of summer.

Lemon ready for harvest raised through a good guide

How to Care for and Grow a Lemon Tree

One of the most cold-hardy citrus varieties, lemons grow well in many climates. In warmer areas the attractive trees can be grown in the ground. In areas with colder winter, they grow well in containers that can be brought indoors during harsh weather. Dwarf variety trees grow up to 10 feet tall; standard trees can reach 25 feet in height. Trees begin producing fruit when they are two to three years old.

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How to Grow and Care for Rosemary

Known for its aroma and flavor, rosemary is an iconic herb. A member of the mint family, plants need dry, slightly acidic soil, moderate temperatures, and full sun. Opt for purchasing starter plants for quicker time to harvest, removing sprigs 2 to 4 inches long for cooking.

Lettuce growing healthy with the use of a grow guide

How to Plant and Grow Lettuce

An easy plant to grow, you can choose to plant leaf lettuce, romaine, iceberg, or butterhead right in your own garden. Plant seeds in the spring or fall when temperatures are cool. For a continuous crop of fresh produce, plant more seeds every two weeks while conditions allow.

Watering basil of frequency is important

How Often to Water Basil : Getting It Just Right

Watering basil plants correctly is key to successful growth. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Once the soil is dry to the touch water thoroughly and deeply, helping to form strong, healthy root systems and robust plants. Overwatered plants wilt, drop leaves, and show darkened stems. Underwatered plants look dull and have dry, brittle leaves.

tomato leaves turning black needs to be quickly triaged and fixed

Troubleshooting Black Tomato Leaves

Black spots typically occur on tomato leaves due to diseases — blight, canker, and leaf spot mainly. Try to use good gardening practices to prevent the problems from happening. When diseases show up remove the diseases tissue and treat plants with a fungicide to prevent spread.

basil leaf with white spots need to be identified

White Spots on Basil Leaves: What It Is and How to Treat It

White spots on the leaves of your basil plant indicate a problem that needs attention. Random, irregular spots that don’t grow in size are generally insect damage. Uniform spots that enlarge are from fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Treat fungal diseases with recommended fungicides and eliminate insects with mechanical or chemical treatments.

Tomatoes go through multiple growing stages as they go through their life cycle

Tomato Growth Stages

Tomatoes are annual plants that complete their entire life cycle in one growing season. All types — cherry, roma, heirloom, beefsteak — follow the same stages. Seeds germinate, leaves and roots form, the plants flower, and if pollinated, fruits develop and mature.

Chive flowers are edible when grown properly

Growing Chives: How to Plant and Harvest Chives

Chives are a commonly grown garden herb with their cylindrically hollow leaves and mild oniony flavor. Grown as a perennial plant from seed or root division, the bright green clumps come back year after year. They are also known to increase the yields and pest resistance of neighboring plants.

Healthy ripe tomato from proper nutrients and fertilization

How to Grow Tomatoes: Care Guide

Tomatoes are the most common garden plant, for good reason. With many options to choose from you can grow your own Beefsteak, Roma, cherry tomatoes, or heirloom varieties. With a long growing season, either start seeds indoors in early spring or purchase starter plants for your garden. Plants love lots of sun, consistent water, and regular doses of fertilizer.

Onion in its life cycle that is ready for harvest

Onion Growing Stages

Onions are a biennial plant, taking two years to complete their life cycle. They grow vegetatively the first year to develop the tops and produce bulbs. If plants are left in the ground over the winter they produce seeds the second growing season, and then perish.

Onions ready for harvest after being given proper care

How to Grow Onions (Complete Care Guide)

Three different types of onions are grown in home gardens from seed or small bulbs known as onion sets. Long day varieties such as Walla Wall and Sweet Spanish grow best in colder areas and need 14 to 16 hours of sunlight. Short day varieties like Sweet Red and Texas Sweet White grow in warmer, Southern climates and need 10 to 12 hours of sun. Day neutral grow in most climates and need 12 to 14 hours of sunlight.

basil that is given the right care grows quickly

How to Grow Basil – Comprehensive Guide

Basil is a fantastic herb to grow in your garden. A member of the mint family, this annual plant is easy to grow and helps improve the flavor of neighboring tomatoes. Some of the most commonly grown types are sweet, spicy globe, Thai, lemon, cinnamon, Genovese, and purple.

Freshly cut broccoli on a slab of wood

Growing Broccoli from Seed to Harvest

A member of the mustard family, broccoli is an annual plant that prefers cooler temps. Plant in the early spring for a summer harvest; plant in the summer for a fall harvest. It takes 70 to 100 days to mature once seeds germinate.

Indoor herb garden with herbs receiving sun on windowsill

Herb Gardens: Why You Need One and How to Start One

Herb gardens are a great introduction to gardening, and a convenient way to have a supply of fresh herbs on hand. Some of the best plants to start with are basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, mint, dill, oregano, and cilantro. They are all relatively easy to grow as long as they receive plenty of sunlight and are harvested regularly.

Carrot growing in soil, ready to be harvested

Carrot Growth Stages

Carrots are typically grown in home gardens are an annual plant, but they are technically biennials, needing two years to complete their life cycle. The first year they produce green leafy tops and the brightly colored fleshy roots we harvest. If plants are left in the ground over the winter they produce seeds the second growing season, and then perish.

bountiful carrot harvests depending on good growing techniques

How to Grow Carrots from Seed to Harvest

Carrots are a beloved garden plant because of their small footprint and easy growing nature. They tuck well in between other crops as long as they can get full sun, and have well-drained, loose soil. Avoid over-fertilizing them to encourage root growth over vegetative growth.

Carrots that have been harvested

Carrot Sprouts and How to Identify Them

Identifying carrot sprouts, and telling them apart from weeds, is difficult. Carrot seeds take 14 to 21 days to germinate, with immature leaves pushing through the soil surface shortly thereafter. These baby plants look like fine, green blades of grass growing out of one spot in the soil.

healthy tomatoes growing on a vine

How and When to Transplant Tomatoes

Due to their long growing season, tomatoes are usually planted indoors and then juvenile plants are transplanted to the garden. When the transplants have a strong sturdy stem, and the chance of spring frost has passed they can be moved to the garden. Acclimate plants to outdoor temperatures for about a week and then transplant them in the garden into holes twice the size of their root ball.