Welcome! Whether you're new to vegetable gardening or have been slurping homegrown tomatoes for years, you'll find guidance and solutions here.
Vegetable gardening is a fulfilling, fun, and empowering pastime - and especially so in these challenging times.
Many people are starting a vegetable garden for the first time, while others are returning to their gardens with renewed passion. Either way, I'm so happy you're here, because I love sharing what I've learned over the past 35 years about growing vegetables - sustainably, organically and in rich soil - with other people.
From planning and layout, all the way through to harvest and beyond, I'm here to point you in the right direction and answer your questions.
You're in the right place if you:
I know what it's like to get the itch to start a vegetable garden, look out at a baked-hard yard of weeds, and sigh.
That was me back in 1985. With determination, a sprinkler and a really good spading fork I somehow managed to create my first vegetable garden in that rock-hard "soil".
And from then on I was hooked, so I majored in botany in college, read tons of books, tried out a bazillion methods and experimented like crazy.
Over time I slowly learned what works and what doesn't - but most importantly, I learned why.
So I started this website to share what I've learned with you. I wish I'd had an experienced mentor to lead me down a straighter path to the healthy, overflowing garden that now blesses me.
Along the way I'm also going to share with you a big secret - my number one rule for a successful garden (sshhh… it's a secret!):
Of course it's never been a secret, but now that your ears are perked up ...
Whichever vegetable gardening method you choose - raised beds, in-the-ground, or any other method - to grow healthy vegetables that resist pests, burst with flavor, and contain deep nutrition you must build really healthy soil.
And vegetable gardens with truly healthy soil are now a very rare thing indeed.
Here's a tour of a few of the things you can find here, to help you learn your way around. You can scroll through the sampling below, or go to the Site Map/Index and jump straight to what you want.
Here are quick-jump links to a few major topics explored lower on the page:
These pages will help beginners get started on the right foot and avoid the most common mistakes:
How to design, build, and fill a raised bed garden for durability and maximum soil health:
How to make compost to keep your plants happy and boost your microbial partners, as well as some awesome free bin plans:
How to get a jump on the season and save money by starting your own seeds indoors. (Plus chase off the winter blues!):
Links for all the "How to Grow" articles from Artichokes to Zucchini, plus quick links to the top two favorites:
What to do when challenges arise. How to use non-toxic means to restore balance and health to the garden ecosystem:
And last but not least a sampling of some random misfits... (me included):
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