Growing Vegetables

There really is something magical and enduring about beans; from their rich diversity and nutritional value, to the vigorous production in the garden, and viability outside of it. Today’s article about growing and saving Heirloom Beans was written by Stephen Scott from Terroir Seeds, home of Underwood Gardens and Grandma’s Garden Catalog. A Little History […]


I usually don’t have the opportunity to actually meet the gardeners that I correspond with through their comments, questions, or emails here at Veggie Gardening Tips. But it’s always nice to be able to associate a message to the face or a personality that’s behind it. In this case I met Barb back in March […]


The name may sound a little odd or complicated, but foliar fertilization is actually a quick and simple way to deliver nutrients to every plant in the garden. It’s efficient, easy to apply, and fast acting, so any gardener can take advantage of this great fertilization technique. In short, foliar fertilization is the process of […]


Julie is an organic gardener from England who shared the following story about a transformation that took place out in her formerly “organized” veggie patch. Her experiences offer some great tips for the backyard gardener. I can almost picture Julie standing in front of a gathering of vegetable growers and delivering the following testimonial at […]


The previous post shared some photos of hardy and resilient plants as they awakened at the first hint of spring, but that wasn’t the full story… I hate to admit that there are a bunch of slackers as well out there in the vegetable garden this spring!


Tired of that same old, same old, when it comes to growing summer squash in the backyard vegetable garden? If so then one of the gourmet Italian or Mediterranean squash varieties may be just what you’re looking for. These summer squashes offer the familiar zucchini shapes and sizes in different shades and subtle, new flavors.


Growing Eggplants

June 21, 2007

Eggplants are one of my favorite vegetables to grow in the garden which is strange considering that I refused to eat them as a kid. Now I love eggplants in and out of the garden. There are about twenty plants of a dozen different varieties of heirloom eggplants growing in my garden this season.


My passion has always been for growing vegetables and creating attractive gardens that also yielded delicious produce. In that light here’s my Top Ten List of Reasons for Growing Vegetables rather than purely ornamentals in the backyard garden and landscape:


Growing Okra

August 16, 2006

Okra is one of those interesting vegetables like Cowpeas that for some reason you seldom discover growing in backyard vegetable gardens. Also like those Black Eyed Peas, okra is more popular as a Southern specialty crop; however it will grow perfectly well even in Northern gardens. If you can raise tomatoes and peppers in your garden you should have no trouble growing a healthy and productive crop of okra.