Why grow food at home?
Gardening is for everyone, regardless of whether you live in an apartment or on a 100 acre ranch, especially this year. Victory Gardens during WWII supplied homes with fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and Pandemic Gardens today can do the same. Gardening also gets you out in the fresh air (while respecting social distancing), adds positive energy into your life, gives you something fun to do, and gives a new activity that the whole family can participate in.
Through these unpredictable times, let's grow together.
You can grow fruits and vegetables in your landscaping.
Many popular vegetables don't use a lot of space and can be grown in the same place where you traditionally grow flowers and shrubs. Any available spot is a place where you can put a tomato, pepper, lettuce, spinach, onion, etc.
You can grow many vegetables in containers.
A pot on your porch or deck will grow most kinds of vegetables, as long as it gets sunlight, water and adequate fertilizer. The info linked from this page will tell you how.
We have compiled a list of free resources on this page to help you get started gardening. We hope this information helps you get started gardening this year and our active community of members is here to help by answering any specific questions you have. Ask a question at this page.
Every resource provided by Garden.org through this page is completely free of charge.
Timing is everything
Cold weather, frost and freezing weather kills many vegetables, so you need to get a little information to help you know when the right time is to plant each different kind of vegetable you want to grow. Plug in your zipcode at our frost dates calendar
to get a good view of when your region is free of freezes, and when you can safely plant all the different kinds of vegetables.
Who can you buy seeds and/or plants from?
Our "green pages
" contains a list of all the ecommerce gardening companies that our members endorse. From that page you can select a category to view, like vegetable companies
and seed companies
If you are an absolute beginner to gardening
We have some excellent resources to help you learn how to garden. Our food gardening guide
is a complete and free e-book series on everything you need to know for growing the most popular vegetables
. It's basically a full tutorial/cheatsheet/howto on everything you need to know to grow your own food. Take advantage of this excellent resource!
Teaching children about gardening
Gardening is an excellent activity for children, and is good for them. We have an extensive series of free gardening curriculum
that you can go through by yourself or with your children to learn all about the details of how plants work. Our vegetable gardening course
has taught thousands of new gardeners how to grow food since 1999, and is still as relevant today as it was back then.
Here is a selection of some helpful audio podcasts that we recorded a few years ago:
Saving Money by Growing Your Own Food
Let's Talk Tomatoes
Tomatoes part 1
Tomatoes part 2
Pumpkins and Winter Squash
Growing Vegetables in Containers
Veggies and Herbs You Should Grow
Blackberries and Strawberries
Our Top Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
Growing Sweet Potatoes
Gardening with Children
Additional Resources from National Gardening Association
The garden.org website contains a vast collection of resources to help gardeners of every sort. Explore our learning library
for articles about plant care, weeds, pests, Q&A, dictionaries, and more. Our detailed plants database
is the largest in the world. We have many online tools
such as gardening calculators, climate information, maps, group seed swaps, etc. We also have a searchable garden knowledgebase
with thousands of Q&A that have been answered. If you would like to ask a gardening question and get answers from real gardeners, click here to ask your question
Our discussion forums
are active with thousands of gardeners discussing every aspect of growing plants.
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