Vegetables

Vegetables play an important role in our dietary nutrition by providing us with vitamins, minerals, and fiber without excessive carbohydrates and fat. They can either be consumed raw, or cooked in a multitude of ways. Including vegetables in your garden is a pragmatic and rewarding practice that is simpler to achieve than you might think.

The classification of common vegetables can be divided into three main categories by which part of the plant is consumed: root vegetables (like carrots and turnips), flower/seed vegetables (like tomatoes and beans), and stem/leaf vegetables (like broccoli, celery, and asparagus). Choosing the right types of vegetables to grow is incredibly dependent on location. Environmental factors are crucial to the survival and success of your harvest. For this reason, it is important to know which of the USDA hardiness zones your home and garden are located. Help with this step can be found at the bottom of this page.

Beets
Bell Peppers
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Garlic
Lettuce
Onions
Parsnips
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips


If you're not yet familiar with the process of growing vegetables, the basics are simple and easy to grasp quickly. The most important factors are selecting plants appropriate for your location (as mentioned above), dedicating time to routine maintenance, and implementing adequate pest control. Fertilizers with mineral nutrients or natural compost should be periodically added to the soil of your vegetable garden in order to nourish and sustain it. Proper upkeep varies from plant to plant, so it is important to familiarize yourself with these requirements.

If you're a beginner, or planning on starting a new vegetable garden, it is essential to choose a suitable location on your available land. The amount of sun a particular area will receive, its exposure to harsh conditions like wind and frost, and the area's proximity to water sources are the main aspects to consider. The size of your garden should also be acknowledged, making sure to include enough room for the amount of plants you wish to grow and for each to have sufficient individual space for its root system. It is recommended, however, that new gardeners start small to ensure manageability.

When executed correctly, growing vegetables can be a very gratifying type of gardening. Including the fruits of your labor makes every meal taste better. Enter your zip code below to find the ideal vegetables for growing in your region's climate, or browse our selection of all recommended vegetables to learn more about each of them.