Essential gardening tools, step-by-step garden designs, container gardening tips, composting basics and more ideas for growing your own vegetables.
Food Gardening for Beginners

Do you want to start food gardening but feel intimidated or don't know where to start? We'll show you essential gardening tools, step by step garden designs, growing food in pots, how to compost and more.

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1 Getting Started: The Only Tools You Need to Start a Garden

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Don't let a lack of garden tools or know-how keep you from growing your own vegetables and fruit. We've rounded up the essential gardening tools you need to get started, plus helpful tips and optional add-ons that can make gardening easier.

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2 How To Start a Vegetable Garden

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Here are the basics of growing your own food. Learn how to create a vegetable garden plan, source seeds, get essential garden tools and find out what vegetables to plant first.

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3 What to Plant: Easy-to-Grow Fruits & Veggies

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Here are seven easy-to-grow fruits & vegetables that will go from seed to side dish with little help, along with growing tips, harvest know-how and must-try recipes.


4 What to Plant: Best Herbs for Gardening Newbies

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If your "garden" is an apartment porch, or your thumb is the opposite of green on the color wheel, listen up. Herbs are among the easiest plants for beginning gardeners. They are disease resistant and don't take up much space.

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5 Composting 101

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Learn what compost is, how to compost, what food scraps can and can't be composted and how to use it to enrich your garden soil.

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6 Easy Container Garden Ideas

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Get step-by-step guides for how to grow your own herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, peppers and more in pots—plus delicious ways to cook up your harvest.

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