Vegetable Gardening
From Beginner to Master Gardener...  and Beyond

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.

vegetable garden beds with green chard, basil, lacinato kale, jalapeno pepper and parsley surrounding three baskets of heirloom tomatoesA Few of Vegetable Gardening's Many Rewards...

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:

  • want to grow a garden but aren't quite sure where to start (and maybe feel a bit overwhelmed…)
  • would love to upgrade the nutrition and quality of your food
  • are working toward greater self-reliance and sustainability
  • want to garden in harmony with nature's intelligence
  • just LOVE tomatoes!
  • can imagine winding down in your garden after a stressful day
  • need a solution to a problem in your current vegetable garden
  • feel supported by knowing you have an experienced guide here to answer your vegetable gardening questions
  •  just wanna get your hands in the dirt! (I can relate...)

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.

Whatever brought you here, my number one goal is to provide the answer or solution that will help you grow the garden of your dreams.

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.

But we'll save that for later. First let's help you find what you came looking for, so you can get your hands in the dirt...

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:

Gateway to articles that help you get started on the right foot and avoid common mistakes.

Vegetable
Gardening
for Beginners

Learn what tools you really need (and don't!) for the type of gardening you'll be doing.

Essential
Gardening
Tools

Big picture overview of your first year, with guidance for each stage.


Starting a Vegetable

Garden



How to plan your vegetable garden layout, whether in the ground, raised beds, or containers:

how to lay out your garden so that your beds and paths are just the right width for YOU, and figure out how many of each plant you will need.

How to lay out beds and paths, figure out what (and how many) to plant where.

Vegetable
Garden
Layout

Tips for all gardeners to help you get the most produce AND fun out of your garden.

Vegetable
Gardening
Tips

Growing veggies in containers requires special soil care. Find out why and how.

Container
Vegetable Gardening



How to design, build, and fill a raised bed garden for durability and maximum soil health:

Photo gallery of nine different raised bed ideas, including wood, cinder block, metal corners, and more.

Raised
Bed

Gallery

Construction guidelines to assure strong corners, durability over time, and happy plants.

How to
Build
Raised Beds

Healthy soil is critical for both plant health and human health. Learn what to buy, or use this recipe.

Soil
for
Raised Beds



How to make compost to keep your plants happy and boost your microbial partners, as well as some awesome free bin plans:

Making compost without smell requires 4 ingredients that must be in balance.

How
to Make
Compost

This homemade compost bin is built with stackable tiers for easy turning and perfect aeration.

Homemade
Compost
Bin

Earthworms convert kitchen scraps into plant nutrition, with a side of good microbes.

Worm
Composting



How to get a jump on the season and save money by starting your own seeds indoors. (Plus chase off the winter blues!):

Best trays, lights and soil to use, and why a windowsill is not the best place.

How to
Start Seeds
Indoors

Timing is everything!  It's all about root growth and last frost date...

When to
Start Seeds
Indoors

Good trays are hard to find! What to look for (and avoid) for best root development.

Seed
Starting
Trays



Links for all the "How to Grow" articles from Artichokes to Zucchini, plus quick links to the top two favorites:

Gateway to all your favorite vegetables and how to grow them for flavor and nutrition.

How to Grow Vegetables A-Z

All things tomatoes: planting, staking, varieties (and eating!)

How to
Grow TOMATOES!

From sweet red to fiery scorpion, there's a pepper for every palate.

How to
Grow
Peppers



What to do when challenges arise. How to use non-toxic means to restore balance and health to the garden ecosystem:

Eight simple, nontoxic ways to keep the jungle from taking over your garden.

Organic
Weed
Control

Common fungal, viral, and bacterial plant diseases and what to do about them.

Common
Plant
Diseases

Natural, nontoxic ways to prevent and/or reduce garden pest  infestations.

Controlling
Pests
Naturally



And last but not least a sampling of some random misfits... (me included):

TMI about yours truly. How I got into this, and my grandiose plan for changing the world.

About
Me

Everybody can use a chuckle once in awhile. Here are a few I found scattered about.

Vegetable
Garden
Funnies

Turns out that a rototiller destroys soil ecology and creates a hardpan. Why that's so, and what to do instead.

No-Till
Gardening

Dedication

This website is dedicated to the renewal of sustainable, regenerative, organic vegetable gardening around the world. May we become gardeners of healthful, nutrient-dense food, careful stewards of soil, and may the plants we tend remind us to keep growing toward the Light.

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