Vegetables

Adding vegetable to your backyard garden or farm can be much easier than many gardeners expect. With a few considerations for soil health and drainage, almost any vegetable can be a wonderful addition to your indoor or outdoor setup. We even have a soil mix that is recommended specifically for the needs of growing vegetables, as well as directions for making compost, another skill you may begin to find useful once you start growing vegetables.

In our vegetable section we have detailed many of the most commonly grown vegetables, along with specific instructions for each, such as which may consume or produce excess nitrogen, or those that may need a slighter more acidic soil. If you would like to know how to test the pH of your soil, we explain a couple methods in this article. Making sure that your soil is balanced and providing all of the proper nutrients is probably the best advice that we can provide when discussing growing vegetables at home. If you want to ensure that you are beginning with a soil that is of the best quality without having to make your own, our affiliate Build-A-Soil had a wonderful light soil mix found here.

Remember when growing vegetables that, many times, you will end up with more vegetables than you are readily able to consume before they go bad. While it is always appreciated when you are able to share fresh crops with friends and family, consider thinking about which parts of your home can be devoted to dry vegetable storage. Many organic, homegrown vegetables such as potatoes and cauliflower will keep overwinter or at least for a few weeks if frozen, or if kept in a cool, dry place. Be sure to only plant as much as you are able to consume, give away, or store, as food waste is never good for the environment. Consider which vegetables might make good crops to feed to your animals, as well. Anyway that our crops and land can be utilized to their fullest potential meets our ultimate goals of sustainability within the permaculture lifestyle.

Vegetable Growing Guides


Growing Carrots

Growing Carrots
If you've never bit into a fresh picked, garden-grown carrot, then you have no idea what you are missing. Grocery store carrots are grown with only the goal of easy...

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Growing Cauliflower

Growing Cauliflower
Growing cauliflower is a rewarding adventure in vegetable gardening. Cauliflower is a “biennial” crop - meaning that it is a flowering plant which takes two years to complete its life...

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Growing Celery

Growing Celery
Celery, known to the scientific world as “Apium Graveolens ” from the Apiaceae - family is related to carrots, fennel, parsley, parsnips, and hemlock. It originated in the Mediterranean and...

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Growing Chives

Growing Chives
Though chives may be small, their benefits are plentiful! Both low in calories and high in flavor, these hollow, tubular leaves may appear similar to green onions. However, they are...

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Growing Garlic

Growing Garlic
Garlic might be one of those culinary staples that you take for granted every day. However, the pungent taste of garden-grown garlic might be all it takes for you to consider...

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Growing Green Onions, Leeks, and Shallots

Growing Green Onions, Leeks, and Shallots
Welcome to the rest of the allium family! Green onions, leeks, and shallots are all popular garden additions and kitchen staples. Depending on your familiarity with these veggies, you may be...

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Growing Kale

Growing Kale
Is there any vegetable that offers a better return on investment than kale? Not only is this stately green extremely nutritious and easy to use in a wide variety of...

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Growing Lettuce

Growing Lettuce
Why do so many of us put up with bland, flavorless lettuce from the grocery store? Not only does supermarket lettuce have to travel thousands of miles to make it...

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Growing Onions

Growing Onions
It's a waste of tears crying over the tasteless onion varieties in your local grocery store when growing onions of your own is so simple. Originally hailing from Pakistan, homegrown...

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Growing Potatoes

Growing Potatoes
Today most people across the world are quite familiar with the potato. It is the world’s fourth-largest food crop, after rice, wheat, and maize. Originally cultivated by the Inca Indians in...

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Growing Spinach

Growing Spinach
When you've got the winter blues and are eager to get something green started in your garden, growing spinach might be the season extender you've been looking for. As one...

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Growing Sweet Potatoes

Growing Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are known for their rich, golden flesh and are enjoyed by families around the world in a variety of dishes. Surprisingly easy to grow and occasionally mistakenly referred...

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