Growing summer veggies can provide top nutrition at little cost, but vegetable gardening requires work. One of the best vegetable gardening tips to make sure your labors pay off all season long—from pretty spring salads and fragrant fresh herbs to juicy summer tomatoes and hearty fall squash—is to choose varieties with long track records of success. This can be daunting when seed company catalogs and websites make every variety seem better than the one before, but some varieties really are better than others. Find guidance on choosing the best tomatoes and peppers for your climate, and learn which types of lettuce and green beans give gardeners the greatest satisfaction.
Garden Tips for Beginners
• Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Leafy Greens
• Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Potatoes
• Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Green Beans
• Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Tomatoes and Peppers
We would need a hefty book to cover great varieties of every veggie you might want to grow (and many excellent vegetable gardening resources are available in the Mother Earth Living store, if you’re inclined to read much, much more on this topic). Here we will concentrate on seven crops that almost always prosper when the right varieties and growing conditions come together. If you use potatoes, lettuce, kale, chard, tomatoes, peppers and green beans as your foundation crops, you will have a garden that is easy to manage, fun to grow and makes you proud to be a gardener.
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Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.