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How To Grow Plants

On this page we have compiled our in-depth guides of how to grow plants of all different kinds. From flowers to herbs, fruits, and vegetables, explore below and click on a plant that interests you for detailed growing instructions.

Abutilon

Abutilon

Abutilon flowers can effortlessly capture your eyes with their pendant bell-shaped blooms. It has been one of the favored ornamental house plants and garden border plants since Victorian times. It was during this time that it received its nickname "Parlor Maple"....

Alyssum

Alyssum

Alyssum flowers are an adorable option for ground cover in gardens. Alyssum plants are small, about a few inches but they spread as much as a foot in diameter. Alyssum flowers are tiny and tightly grouped. Alyssum colors include yellow and white, while a few species...

Amaranthus

Amaranthus

Amaranthus is a decorative exotic plant that is commonly used for beds and borders. Amaranthus is a very broad genus of more than 60 species of herbs that breed mostly in tropical regions. It is also called Tampala, Amaranth, Flaming Fountain, Tassel Flower, Fountain...

Ammi Majus

Ammi Majus

Ammi majus is also known as Bishop's Flower, Bishop's Weed, Bullworth, Greater Ammi, Lady's Lace, Laceflower or Queen Anne's lace. It originated from North Africa and parts of Eurasia. It has white lace-like clusters of flowers thus the names. Bishop's flower fruits...

Angelonia

Angelonia

Angelonia is more popularly known as "summer snapdragon" because of its appearance. It has flower spires that appear like salvia reaching around two feet in height, studded with beautiful snapdragon-like flowers. Angelonia has smooth stems with narrow leaves that have...

Asters

Asters

Aster comes from the ancient Greek word, "star". It is also known as frost flower, Startwort, Michealmas daisy and September flower. The Aster flower come in different sizes, with some varieties can grow as high as six feet, while dwarf types grow less than a foot...

Balsam

Balsam

Balsam is an annual flowering plant that originated from Southeast Asia. It grows to about 1-2 feet in height. Its stems are soft and fleshy while its leaves are long, shiny and pointed. Balsam flowers are very similar to gardenias, roses or camellias. Balsam plants...

Begonia

Begonia

Now here's one of the prettiest flowers there is! No wonder why wherever there are flowering plants growing in a house, there is at least one pot with a Begonia in it. Begonia flowers can grow both outside and inside. Many gardeners and plant enthusiasts love them...

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis), also called "shellflower" produce bell-shaped blooms that are arranged vertically on a stalk, along with luscious pale to emerald green leaves. Interestingly, these white-veined green bells are not really flowers, but are calyxes....

Blue-Eyed Daisies

Blue-Eyed Daisies

The blue-eyed daisy (Arctotis stoechadifolia) flaunts pearly white petals and a steel-blue core, surrounded by a yellow band. The blooms are held in a compact mound above the plant, showcasing an impressive beauty. The leaves are dark green that greatly complement the...

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula flowers (calendula officinalis) flaunt bright, spatula-shaped flowerheads that will certainly capture your eyes. Flowers come in yellow, cream, apricot, or orange colors. The central part is composed of many ray florets. Calendula belongs to the daisy...

Canna

Canna

If you love to grow tropical flowering plants and your region enjoys a cool climate then Canna is a perfect match for you. Canna has showy blooms and large, paddle-like foliage. Its flowers come in shades and nice blends of yellow, pink, orange, white, scarlet and...

Celosia

Celosia

Celosia flowers are also known as woolflowers or cockscomb. The Celosia is a member of the amaranth family, and originated from the native regions of Asia and Africa. Its name is derived from a greek word, “kelos” which means “burned”, as most varieties of Celosia,...

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

If you naturally love flowers, Chrysanthemum flowers might have been or still one of your favorites. Amidst the tons of choices of flowers people have been blessed with by Mother Nature, 'mums can really stand out. Well, it is not too surprising at all as...

Cleome

Cleome

Cleome flowers are an utterly beautiful flower that can be found mostly in North America. You can also catch a glimpse of it in the lands of British Columbia, Minnesota, California and New Mexico. It is one of the many Cleomaceae families. This flower is also called...

Coleus

Coleus

Coleus plants show off their unsurpassed beauty when grown in masses. But these ornamental plants are not grown for gorgeous blooms but for their colorful foliage. Their leaves come in eye catching hues and patterns: burnished copper, crimson, purple, maroon red,...

Cornflowers

Cornflowers

Cornflower (or centaureacyanus) is an annual flowering plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe but is now naturalised in other parts of the world such as North America and some parts of Australia. It is also known as Bluebottle, Bachelor's...

Cosmos

Cosmos

Pretty, charming flowers that do not require much care – cosmos flowers are a perfect choice even for gardener hopefuls that aren’t as experienced with the green thumb. In fact, they are some of the easiest annual plants to grow, and bloom profusely even with poor...

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlia flowers are popular because of its charming and elegant beauty. This perennial tuber is a native of Colombia, Mexico, and other regions in Central America. Dahlias come in broad spectrum of colors, including yellow, orange, purple, white, pink, red, and a vast...

Daisies

Daisies

Daisies are popular blooms to grow at home, thanks to their simple, unrivaled beauty. Whether you see a cluster of daisies in your garden or a single cut flower in your center table, you’ll always feel a welcoming charm. Throughout time, their cheerful blooms and long...

Dianthus

Dianthus

Dianthus is also known as China Pinks, Sweet William and Carnations. Its pretty flowers come in many shades of pink, lavender, rose, red, white and yellow. Some dianthus blooms are bi-colors, offering a splash of colors that dolls up any flower garden. Generally,...

Dichondra

Dichondra

Dichondra is a terrific ground cover that thrives well during warm season. It belongs to the family convulvulaceae and is native to Korea, China and Japan. These perennial herbaceous plants grow close to the ground. They have creeping stems that take root at the leaf...

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller

The Dusty Miller plant has captured the eyes of many gardeners and landscape lovers because of its silver-gray and fern-like foliage. In fact, its yellow or purple blooms are often overlooked and sometimes cut off to promote leaf growth. Dusty Miller is usually grown...

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a genus of plants that belong to the family Euphobiaceae. It is among the most diverse genera in the plant kingdom with a little over 2000 species, including the euphorbia milii and euphorbia tirucalli. In fact, it is only believed to be exceeded only by...

Four O’Clocks

Four O’Clocks

Gardening can be one of the most ideal ways to ease your stress from the usual heat you get from your regular job. What more could be so exciting and fulfilling than seeing beautiful flowers around you and breathe their fresh fragrance in the morning? If you have the...

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Among the members of the Asteraceae family, many gardeners favor the gaillardia flower, also called blanket flowers. True to its name, blanket flowers self-seed easily so they can quickly cloak your entire garden. But just to be clear, gaillardias are not invasive and...

Gazania

Gazania

Some people are not so fond of gazania because they see it as weeds—we are aware of this fact, and this article aims to change that perception. It’s true that many varieties of gazania are what you often see on abandoned soils or sway with the wind along the gloomy...

Geraniums

Geraniums

Geraniums flaunt huge, beautiful flowers that can instantly doll up your flower garden. Its showy, bright-colored flowers and general hardiness make this ornamental plant a popular choice when cultivating a home garden. You can feast your eyes on these gorgeous blooms...

Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Gomphrena (gomphrena globosa) may sound a bit odd, but if you want a wonderful add-on to your home garden then you may as well get used to this name. The gomphrena flower is also known as the globe flower or globe amaranth, and is native to Panama and Guatemala. As...

Impatiens

Impatiens

Impatiens are one of the most popular flowers you can see in every flower shop. It is an annual plant which naturally blooms at its best during summer and eventually dies in the first frost. The most common type of impatiens is the 'Impatiens Walleriana'. Other names...

Ipomopsis

Ipomopsis

The ipomopsis belongs to the Phlox family and is also known as Hummingbird Plant, Red Gilia, Texas Plume, Scarlet Trumpet, and Standing Cypress. It is an annual or perennial flowering plant that blooms from late summer through frost. It grows to a height of 4 to 6...

Lisianthus

Lisianthus

The lisianthus flower belongs to the family Gentianaceae and originates from the warm regions of Mexico, Southern United States, the Caribbean and the northern parts of South America. This is a popular ornamental plant that is also commonly used as a cut flower. The...

Lobelia

Lobelia

The lobelia (lobelia erinus) is a beautiful annual flower that can definitely be an asset to your flower garden. This summertime bloomer exhibits round leaves and blooms up to half an inch in diameter. Most lobelia varieties are small, growing 3-5 inches in height,...

Marigolds

Marigolds

Seeing sun-kissed marigold flowers sashaying gently with the cool summer breeze is so serene and beautiful. Marigolds are cheerful flowering plants reflecting the bright summer colors of compact yellow, orange, white, rusty reds/ burgundy, and bi-colors. They come in...

Moonflowers

Moonflowers

So you want an addition to your garden that is quite unique and interesting? Well, moonflowers (ipomea alba) will surely fascinate you! Why so? It's because unlike most blooms, moonflowers blossom in the evening, perfect for late night strollers. You will surely love...

Morning Glories

Morning Glories

The morning glory flower (ipomoea nil) is also known as Tricolor or Purpurea. Its twining vines are endowed with big, aromatic bell-shaped flowers up to 3 inches in diameter, and dark green, heart-shaped foliage. The flowers are fragrant that interestingly unfurl when...

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums (tropaeolum majus) are cool season flowering plants that boast hot season flair. Many gardeners love growing nasturtiums for their showy and fragrant jewel-toned flowers that often come in rich shades of red, scarlet mahogany, pink, orange and yellow. The...

Ornamental Kale

Ornamental Kale

Flowering ornamental kale is a relative of cabbage which you usually use as ingredients to your menu. This flower originates in Southern and Western Europe. Ornamental kale was hybridized through cross pollination by some botanists to be able to grow beautiful flowers...

Pansies

Pansies

Are you looking for the perfect flower to complete your scenic garden? Pansies would definitely be a great choice. If you will look closely at the wonderful garden pansy flower, you'll find out great surprises about it. For one, pansies may look very sweet and...

Pennisetum

Pennisetum

Pennisetum is native to Africa including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zaire, Ethiopa, and other tropical regions all over the world. These plants are large annual or perennial grasses that can grow up to 4 meters tall. Pennisetums are graceful and...

Petunias

Petunias

The petunia is a genus of popular flowering plants that originated from South America. It is closely related to tobacco, tomatoes, cape gooseberries, potatoes and chili peppers belonging to the family solanaceae. The petunia flower derived its name from the French...

Phlox

Phlox

Phlox is a native North American flower. Typical names for phlox varieties include bright eyes, phlox blue paradise, Texas Pride, orange perfection, dwarf, clouds of perfume, and Drummond Phlox. Phlox is a tiny flowering plant but oozing with charm. It grows just...

Poppies

Poppies

Poppies, once called "common cornfield weed", are one of the most captivating flowers in the plant kingdom. Many gardeners adore growing poppies for their large, brightly-colored blooms that effortlessly doll up the garden. Even humming birds and bees are attracted to...

Portulaca

Portulaca

Portulaca is a native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and America. It is also known as Moss Rose (Rose Moss), Time Flower, Little Hogweed, Sun Plant, Verdolaga, and Wax Pink. In some countries such as Greece, Portulaca is often called Purslane, particularly for culinary...

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

The rudbeckia flower is often called Black-Eyed Susan, marmalade gloriosa daisy, ox-eyed daisy, and cone flower plant. If you're not that familiar with rudbeckias, you might mistake them for daisies. Rudbeckias have daisy-like golden yellow blooms that add a splash of...

Salpiglossis

Salpiglossis

Want beautiful blooms that offer a kaleidoscope of color and glossy, spectacular details? Well, you will surely love Salpiglossis! This plant produces flowers that posses flamboyant pigment shadings and vivid veins. This annual, meaning it grows just one year, bears...

Salvia

Salvia

Salvia is the biggest genus of plants that belong to the mint family Lamiaceae. There are around 700-900 species made up of herbaceous perennials, annuals and shrubs. It is among several genera that are commonly known as sage. The term salvia comes from the Latin word...

Scabiosa

Scabiosa

Scabiosa is one of the showiest garden flowers that you can add to your garden. It's just so serene and relaxing to see bountiful clumps of flowerheads stand above verdant foliage, gently swaying with the slightest breeze. Scabiosa also beckons hummingbirds and...

Scaevola

Scaevola

Scaevola is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Goodeniaceae family. It is made up of around 130 tropical species mostly found in Polynesia and Australia. Some of the common names for popular Scaevola species include Fan Flowers, Half flowers, Scaevolas and...

Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Snapdragons (antirrhinum majus) are fascinating flowers because of their velvety, open-faced flowers with single or double petals. They often come in vibrant shades of burgundy, red, white, yellow orange, pink, bronze, and many varieties have blending colors (except...

Statice

Statice

Statice, also known as Sea Lavender, is a kind of flower that usually grows in a dry place as it is drought and heat resistant. Statice is a perennial plant which grows or blooms only once in a year. This plant can be easily grown and it needs no special rituals you...

Stock

Stock

Stock, also called Virginia Stock Flower, Gilly Flower, or Matthiola, is a native of Southern Asia Minor, South Africa, Albania, Greece, and other parts of the Mediterranean coastal region. It was named after Pierandrea Mattioli, an Italian botanist who cultivated...

Strawflowers

Strawflowers

The strawflower, often called the Everlasting Daisy or Paper Daisy, is native to Australia. In fact, these pretty creatures are considered to be wildflowers there. But in other countries, specifically in the United States, strawflowers are cultivated by gardeners...

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

You probably know why growing sunflowers is one of the most popular flowering plants to grow in the world. They are tall, large, cheerful and beautiful flowers that brighten up any home garden or lawn. Sunflowers are considered native to the United States. Sunflower...

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

You have probably heard about the sweet-scented flower, sweat pea. After all, the sweet pea flower is a popular scent of many signature lotions, shower gels, fragrances, even scented oils. Well, if you’re looking for flowers gifted with a strong, lovely scent, then...

Tithonia

Tithonia

Tithonia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. It includes 11 species that are native to Mexico with a couple of species found in parts of Southwestern United States and Central America. Tithonia is more popularly known as "Mexican...

Torenia

Torenia

The torenia flower (torenia fournieri) is also called the wishbone flower or bluewings. Its flowers bloom throughout late summer and early fall, and come in various shades of blue, rose, yellow, pink, purple or white, depending on your chosen variety. Most variety...

Vigna

Vigna

Vigna (Vigna Caracalla), often called corkscrew vine, snail bean and snail vine is native to tropical South America and Central America. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. This perennial, fast-growing flowering vine can grow up to 20 feet in height, and prized for its...

Violas

Violas

Viola is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the Violaceae family. It consists of about 400-500 species that are distributed around the world. However, most species are found in the Northern Hemisphere. Most species are perennial plants, some are annual plants...

Zinnias

Zinnias

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gardener, you’ll definitely find it easy growing zinnias. And if you haven’t grown them before, put them on top of your to-do spring list this season. Zinnia flowers are a wondrous gift from Mexico. They display cheery,...

Basil

Basil

You probably know why Basil is often called the King of herbs. One reason is because Basil is the one of most sought herbs in cooking. If you want a dash of kitchen magic, then the aroma and taste of Basil can instantly add that extra flavor to your dish.

Borage

Borage

Borage has fragrance and taste that resemble a cucumber. Most people only know this herb as a nice ingredient for salad, while others compare the Borage leaves to spinach. But Borage offers a lot more.

Chamomile

Chamomile

Evidently, Chamomile is one famous herb and flower plant. It is traditionally known as a tasty and relaxing tea. In fact, no traditional tea set is complete without Chamomile. Chamomile has also been used for medicinal purposes.

Chervil

Chervil

In French cuisine, Chervil is one of the Fines herbs, which is typically in line with chives, tarragon, parsley, and majojoram. It is a wonderful ingredient to some of the finest recipes around, from a superb garnish to vinaigrette to adding flavor to the main dish.

Chives

Chives

Chop up your Chive and it will spice up your sauces, creams and other dishes. It can be an alternative to onion, but it has a league of its own. Chives have plenty of uses from medicinal to culinary. You can consume it from the bulb to the flower. Chives has that distinct aromatic scent that can add that something extra to any dish.

Cilantro

Cilantro

Cilantro, often called Chinese Parsley, was originated in the Mediterranean. It is common in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian dishes. In fact, no salsa is complete without Cilantro. Well, Cilantro has quite a distinctive taste, some say it’s soapy, while others say it is kind of “buggy”.

Coriander

Coriander

Coriander pertains to the seeds and the Cilantro or Chinese Parsley pertains to the leaves. It’s just that some call them both names or they interchange them. This confusion is due to several dishes that contain both ingredients.

Dill

Dill

Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow and it is fairly maintenance free. Even beginners can handle Dill. Use it for almost anything you can think of in the kitchen. It can be fresh, dried and even frozen.

Fennel

Fennel

Fennel was originated in the Mediterranean some centuries ago. Due to its features, some confuse it for licorice or anise. Fennel can be used in a plethora of ways in the kitchen—whether grill, sauteé, roast, or even in garnishing dishes, a part of Fennel can be used.

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic, a part of the onion family, is used for seasoning foods, as a home remedy to fight infection and as a preservative in some dishes. When growing garlic, planting is done in the fall for a spring harvest. Garlic has been a common seasoning worldwide for...

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is common in the United States but it came from the Old World. What’s interesting about Lemon Balm is that it is a part of the mint family but is gifted with refreshing lemon-flavored leaves.

Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram has two major kinds, the sweet and the wild. So what is difference? Wild Marjoram is distinguished by its thyme – like scent, while the Sweet Marjoram has distinctive oregano-like aroma.

Mint

Mint

Mint is one of the most popular herbs around. Its rich, minty aroma can be hypnotizing, plus it can be very versatile when it comes to the kitchen. You see, when talking about Mint, gum, candy canes and liqueurs come into mind.

Oregano

Oregano

Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is a staple to Italian kitchen. It’s safe to say that Oregano is one of the most versatile herbs, since it has a plethora of uses in and outside of the kitchen. It is commonly used to add rich flavor to pastas, sauces and pizzas.

Parsley

Parsley

Parsley is one of the most common herbs in the kitchen, whether as flavoring, garnish or spice, you can expect a savory treat with the freshness of Parsley. The list on ways to use Parsley in cooking is endless!

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary has been around for centuries and has been one of the most valuable herbs around. It is famous for turning ordinary dishes into a gastronomic delight. Rosemary is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine.

Sage

Sage

With almost 750 to 800 varieties, the flavors Sage can lend to your favorite dishes are countless! It is a gray-green culinary herb that has rich, earthy aroma resembling a subtle floral scent with slightly bitter taste.

Stevia

Stevia

If you have sweet tooth but abhor the many disadvantages of too much sugar in the body, then this herb is perfect for you. Stevia is sweeter than sucrose by 300 times and sweeter than sugar by 150 times.

Thyme

Thyme

Thyme was originated from the Mediterranean but is now recognized as one of the most aromatic herbs in the world. It is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine, which adds flavors to meats, vegetables and breads.

Beets

Beets

Beets are grown as an annual, found all over the world and were probably first domesticated in the Mediterranean region. Beets can be planted throughout the spring and summer for harvest well into late fall. They can be grown year round in some regions, will tolerate...

Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is an annual that grows best in cool weather (60° F). Growing broccoli can be done in the spring and in the fall, but it does not bloom well in hot weather. Romanesco varieties make nice additions to landscaping arrangements. Broccoli is very high in Vitamin...

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts look like little heads of cabbage, but are actually the equivalent of buds that grow in between the leaves and the stem. Some varieties of Brussels sprouts can grow to three feet in height and produce sprouts that are almost two inches in diameter....

Cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage is the most well-known and one of the most versatile members of the cole family. It is used in cuisines around the world and is also known for its medicinal properties in some cultures. It is easy to grow and prolific, generating a large yield with a small...

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe, sometimes called muskmelon, is a tender, warm season melon. Most North American varieties of cantaloupe have a somewhat musky smell; hence muskmelon. Cantaloupe originated in South Asia and was grown by the early settlers. Growing cantaloupe can be a fun...

Carrots

Carrots

Carrots are the domestic, or garden, version of Queen Ann’s Lace, the "wild carrot." Growing carrots can be a fun, great addition to your vegetable garden. The root that is eaten as a vegetable is produced during the first growing season. Carrots are hardy and do well...

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

The most unpredictable vegetable in the cole family, cauliflower thrives under moderate temperature and moisture conditions. In addition to the traditional white, cauliflower also comes in purple, orange and yellow-green colored varieties. Growing cauliflower adds a...

Celery

Celery

Growing celery is difficult on a small scale or in the home garden, as far as vegetables grow. Celery requires time and care to grow and is not a good choice for a low maintenance garden, but if you are determined you can do it. Celery is generally grown for the...

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese cabbage is a leafy vegetable that grows well in cool temperatures. It does best when planted as a fall crop. Napa cabbage and Bok Choy are two names often used for Chinese cabbage. The cabbages grown today are essentially the same varieties grown as early as...

Collards

Collards

Collards are a cooler season vegetable green known for having a rich vitamin and mineral content. Eating and growing collards is popular in the southern United States, where it is a staple vegetable, but can be grown successfully elsewhere too. Although collards are...

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Properly managed, growing cucumbers will produce high yields in warm weather. Cucumber vines need a lot of space to grow and thrive. Newer methods of growing, such as vertical, on string systems and across horizontal nets provide room for these quickly growing vines....

Eggplant

Eggplant

Eggplant is used in many cuisines around the world. It can be baked, fried, or steamed and still retain it's texture and flavor. The flesh of very ripe eggplant can even be used as a tofu substitute. It also blends well for use in dips and sauces. When growing...

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic, a part of the onion family, is used for seasoning foods, as a home remedy to fight infection and as a preservative in some dishes. When growing garlic, planting is done in the fall for a spring harvest. Garlic has been a common seasoning worldwide for...

Green Beans

Green Beans

Green beans are a tender vegetable grown in warmer weather. Green beans can be either bush beans or pole beans. Bush beans support themselves and do not need staking. They are low maintenance and generally produce less beans than pole bean plants. Pole beans require...

Honeydew Melons

Honeydew Melons

Honeydew melons are members of the cucurbit family: cucumbers, winter and summer squash, pumpkins, zucchini and squash. Melons have the same growth needs as squash, pumpkins and cucumbers. The flavor and quality of melons is dependent upon the sugar content of the...

Horseradish

Horseradish

Horseradish is a perennial and was named '2011 Herb of the Year' by the International Herb Association. People who love the kick of this interesting root may want to consider growing horseradish in their own garden. Horseradish roots are ground and used to make...

Kale

Kale

Kale leaves are most often eaten raw, cooked, steamed, or fried. Growing kale can be done year round in many locations. It will tolerate frost and snow. It comes in a variety of colors and is used as an ornamental plant as well as a vegetable. It can be planted in...

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a cole crop, like cabbage, and has a flavor similar to turnips and rutabagas. Kohlrabi does well on its own and as a companion plant mixed in with other crops. It is suitable for vegetable gardening and for landscape arrangements. Growing kohlrabi is an...

Leeks

Leeks

Leeks are a less widely known part of the onion family and can be grown in most regions of the United States. Leeks have a flavor similar to mild onions. They are most often used in soups, but are used in many dishes where a hint of onion flavor is desired. Although...

Lettuce

Lettuce

The easiest kind of lettuce to grow is leaf lettuce. It can be grown outdoors from early spring to late fall. Leaf lettuces can also be grown in containers both indoors and out. They will also grow in cold temperatures if protected by a cold frame. Growing lettuce...

Okra

Okra

While it is commonly grown in the southern United States, okra can be successfully grown across the United States. Okra belongs to the Malvaceae family, which includes cotton, hollyhock, and hibiscus, as well as many other flowering plants. Okra itself flowers with...

Onions

Onions

Onions are a cool season vegetable that can be grown in most soils in the United States. Onions produce best in a well-drained sandy loam or loam soil. Onions belong to the lily family. They are close relatives of other Allium family members such as garlic, leeks, and...

Parsnips

Parsnips

The parsnip is a root vegetable and is related to the carrot. Parsnips look similar to carrots, but are generally paler and sweeter tasting, especially after cooking. They have a buttery and spicy taste that is released during cooking. They can be mashed like potatoes...

Peanuts

Peanuts

Peanuts are a very important field crop in the southeastern United States and can be grown in patches by the home gardener. Peanuts are used to make peanut butter and peanut oil. Peanuts are also processed in a variety of ways to produce many snacks: dry roasted...

Peppers

Peppers

Peppers are a summer vegetable. Pepper varieties come in various bright and rich colors and many sweet pepper varieties are becoming more popular. Many garden peppers, such as cayenne, tabasco, pimiento, paprika and chili are grown for food and for spices. Peppers are...

Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes are a cool season vegetable and are one of the most widely grown and historically significant 'staple' crops to humans. Potatoes are often referred to as a root vegetable but are actually tubers. Successfully growing potatoes requires several steps and...

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a warm season vegetable that can be grown across most of the United States. In addition to their most well know function, serving as Halloween jack-o'-lanterns, growing pumpkins is also great for making pies, baby food, quick bread, cookies and soup....

Spinach

Spinach

Spinach is a cool season crop, and the sight of it thriving in the garden patch is one of the earliest signs of true spring. Spinach plants can be grown for harvest in the spring and fall. The curlier the leaf, the more likely it is to catch soil during a rainfall,...

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Summer squash is a mild, warmer season vegetable, that is grown throughout the United States. Summer squash is different from later season squashes due to summer squash being harvested when the 'skin' is soft. Fall and winter squash are harvested when the rind has...

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is a warm season vegetable, easily grown in any garden patch that receives enough light, has good soil and provides enough room for the corn to grow. Continuous plantings can yield consistent harvests from July until first frost. One reason growing sweet...

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Peas are one of the sweetest and most traditional plants in home gardens and on family farms. Growing peas can be started after the last frost, and will produce a high yield if grown in well drained soil that is rich in lime or enriched with wood ash. Harvest peas...

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that require a long warm season to grow. Sweet potatoes are sometimes referred to as yams in the Unites States, but are actually a different vegetable. They are best known in the United States as a traditional food for winter...

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is one of the leafy green vegetables often referred to as 'greens.' Some other popular greens are kale, collards and mustard. Chard grows on thick stalks and the leaves come in a wide variety of colors. The leaves and leafstalks are edible and nutritious....

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most commonly grown garden plant in the United States. Growing tomatoes is not a difficult task, and several plants can yield enough tomatoes for juice, fresh eating, and canning. The flavor of fresh picked tomatoes is much better than tomatoes...

Turnips

Turnips

Turnips have been a food staple for humans since hunters and gatherers started harvesting food. They are similar to rutabagas and parsnips, but sweeter than parsnips and hardier than rutabagas. Growing turnips is easy, so long as they are planted at the appropriate...

Watermelons

Watermelons

Watermelon is a traditional summer and Fourth of July food in the United States. It is a sugary sweet melon grown for its fruit and for its juice. Mark Twain once said of this fruit, “When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat.” Growing watermelon can be...