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Vegetable Gardens

Celebrating America's gardening traditions with Vegetable Gardens.

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Rookie gardener meets tomato plant. Gardener nurtures tomato plant to fruition in a small yard. Gardener tastes tomato. Gardener falls in love with tomato plant and gardening.

It’s a story you’ve probably heard before, but that doesn’t make it any less special. You probably remember the first time you fell head-over-heels in love with vegetable gardening, too.

Maybe you haven’t had the opportunity to make your own memories in the garden. Well, now’s your chance. Vegetable Gardens, the fourth issue in the Popular Gardening Series, is here to guide you through all of the aspects of developing a vegetable garden.


What You’ll Find
Garden Design: Whether you have acres of land or a small urban plot, you will need to design your vegetable garden to meet your needs. We’ll show you how to select the ideal spot for your garden, which vegetables will grow best and where, and how to incorporate raised beds and containers. 

Plant Profiles: Learn more about the 17 most popular vegetables, including when to plant and when to harvest them, water and light needs and special requirements.

Supplements: Your veggies must have fuel to grow and thrive. We’ll tell you all about chemical vs. organic fertilizers, and how to create your own compost.

And Much More: From choosing the right vegetables for your climate to planting seeds to determining the difference between good bugs and bad pests, this Magabook ® (magazine-book) has got all your needs covered. Vegetable Gardens™ is an essential guide for everyone.



Vegetable Gardening 101
Use these tips for harvesting a hand-sown bounty.
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Veggie Profiles
Here’s a rundown of the 17 most popular vegetables and their requirements.
By Jessica Walliser

Grow a Green Thumb
With careful selection of vegetables, you can become an expert gardener.
By Deb Buehler

Gardening by Design
Plan your garden to meet your needs.
By Deb Buehler

Ready, Set, Grow!
These easy plans will help you create a rewarding edible garden space.

Can You Dig It?
The lifeblood of any garden, here’s the dirt on soil and its many forms.
By Sue Weaver

The Need for Seed
Consider seeds or transplants before filling your vegetable garden.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

The Gardening Zone
No matter where you live, you can grow a vegetable garden.
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Regional Specialities
These vegetables thrive in their respective areas in the United States.
By Jessica Walliser

Fertilizing Fundamentals
For a great garden, you first need to focus on feeding your soil.
By Sue Weaver

Coming to Terms with Composting
There’s a lot to love about a rotting, steaming piles of leaves, manure and kitchen scraps.
By Sue Weaver

Contain Your Enthusiasm
Container gardening opens up possibilities for growing vegetables.
By Cherie Langlois

Garden Pests and Welcomed Guests
Are insects driving you buggy? We have some solutions.
By Cheryl Morrison

Pitfalls to Avoid
Take heed of these rookie gardening mistakes so you can prevent them!
By September B. Morn

Planet-friendly Planting
Eco-friendly techniques can maximize your vegetable garden’s benefits.
By Lindsay Evans

It’s a Family Affair
Plant a seed of discovery by gardening with children.
By Lindsay Evans

Community Taking Root
Try sharing a patch of land with others.
By Lindsay Evans

Ask the Expert
Gardening guru P. Allen Smith provides advice for beginning green thumbs.

Glossary & Resources

Garden Wisdom


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Growing vegetable garden is actually quite easy and cost effective. Using hydroponics you will be able to grow vegetable all year round and have access to fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grow well in this type of garden. To be a successful hydroponic grower, educate yourself about the various types of hydroponic systems.
Jean, Abbotsford, CA
Posted: 10/21/2011 12:40:56 AM
can i subscribe to popular gardening;vegetable gardens...
j, millerj304@comcast.net, PA
Posted: 3/14/2011 6:42:54 AM
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