Planting Guides

Our Planting Guides contain everything you need to know about planting, growing, and caring for these garden favorites so you’ll have a successful growing season. We provide information on watering, light requirements, fertilizing, harvesting, and more, plus a host of helpful links and recipes for each. Happy gardening!

How to Grow Brussels sprouts

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Brussels sprouts can be easy to grow. The trick is sowing seeds so that buds will develop after the mid to late summer heat is over. To do this, it’s recommended to plant seedlings around the start of summer so they will mature in the cool weather, ready for fall or early winter harvest. Here

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How To Grow Watermelons

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Watermelon can be trickier to grow than its close relatives: cucumber and squash. But a combination of warm soil, steady moisture, and proper fertilization can lead to sweet success. Here are some important tips. Getting Started: Two Methods 1) Indoor Preparation & Transplanting Sow two watermelon seeds per pot three weeks before date when soil

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What Are Plant Hardiness Zones?

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Plant Hardiness Zones are designated areas on a map that tell you which plants will do best, according to the average lowest temperature of where you live. They are sometimes referred to as “growing zones” or “gardener’s zones” and are often confused with last frost dates. Numbered from 1-13, Plant Hardiness Zones are ten degrees apart from each other. For instance, Zone 3 is 10 degrees colder than Zone 4. Sometimes the designation is further reduced to letters “a” and “b.” Zone 4a has an average lowest temperature of -25 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas 4b’s lowest temperature is -20 to -25 degrees. Each city within a state can vary. Paying attention to Zones (as well as your area's last frost dates) will help to increase your planting probabilities, so that your efforts will be most successful. Read more.

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How To Grow Turnips

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This member of the Brassicaceae family is known as being a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. Turnips are so easy to grow and come in different varieties but purple and white are the most popular. You can grow the large ones, which can get as big as tennis balls, or try small turnips that resemble radishes.

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How To Grow Spinach

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There are so many great reasons to grow spinach! This nutritional powerhouse is a versatile green, perfect on salads, in sandwiches, or cooked in a variety of ways—and it’s a plant that does as well in container gardens as vegetable beds if you don’t have a lot of garden space. How To Plant Spinach Start:

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How To Grow Pumpkins

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Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkin pies, pumpkin soup—the possibilities are limitless! Grow the perfect pumpkin, from pie pumpkins, tiny pumpkins to use in your fall décor, or giant pumpkins that will impress your fellow gardeners! How To Plant Pumpkins Start: If you live in an area with a long growing season, then you can plant pumpkin seeds directly

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How To Grow Radishes

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Want a rapidly maturing crop that you can plant in succession for a steady supply of vegetables all summer long? Then radishes are the way to go! Crispy and tasty, they’re great cooked or sliced on salads. How To Plant Radishes Start: Always start radishes from seed! They’ll germinate in just 4 to 5 days.

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How To Grow Eggplant

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If you love grilling, then plant some eggplant this year! Eggplant steaks are great on the grill—and this is a vegetable that you can easily grow in containers if you don’t have a lot of space. How To Plant Eggplant Start: Start eggplants indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date. Take them outside daily

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How To Grow Cabbage

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Cabbage is a versatile veggie that can be frozen, canned, eaten fresh, or turned into sauerkraut. It comes in different varieties, too, so grow green cabbage if you want to keep it traditional or try red cabbage to add color to your favorite dishes. How To Plant Cabbage Start: Start seeds indoors between 4 and

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How To Grow Beets

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Beets are high in fiber and packed with vitamins—and they make delicious pickles! Best of all, they’re easy to grow. Try a few in your veggie plot! How To Plant Beets Start: Beets do best in cooler weather, so start them outdoors directly in your garden plot in spring or in late summer. Daytime temperatures

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