Vegetable Gardening

TomatoesGrowing your own food eliminates the consumption of fossil fuels required to deliver conventionally grown food to your table. Gardens can also replace an area of turfgrass with a reduced grocery bill. Growing different vegetables can be an endless source of experimentation and can give you an in-depth understanding of how our ecological systems work.

Start small

If you are a first-time gardener, start with growing food in containers or a very small plot. Gain experience and success and then evolve to larger endeavors.

Grow Light Stand Design
Raised Bed Design
Small Plot Vegetable Gardening - PM870A
Container Vegetable Gardening - PM870B

Organic Gardening

Below are vegetable gardening publications (most by Iowa State Extension) that will help you with your organic garden.

The Climate-Friendly Gardener

Where To Put Your Vegetable Garden - PM814
Planting a Home Vegetable Garden - PM819
Starting Transplants At Home - PM874
Suggested Vegetable Varieties - PM607
Pollinatores In The Garden - RG212
Planting and Harvesting Times - PM534

Integrated Pest Management - RG201
Non-Chemical Pest Controls - RG207
Gardening for Butterflies - RG601

Organic Mulches - RG209
Weed Management - PM666

Sweet Corn - PM1891
Growing Tomatoes - PM608
Tomato Pruning
Tomato Nutritional Study
Peppers - PM1888
Rhubarb - PM719
Garlic - PM1894
Cole Crops - PM1896
Asparagus - PM994