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The one time of year that almost all gardeners look forward to is the arrival of the first new garden catalogs of the year. These usually start arriving right in December with the real flood of colorful catalogs showing up in our mailboxes after the beginning of the New Year. 

How to Grow It

Row of beets growing in a garden.

Beets: How to Grow It

Beets are commonly grown for their bulbous roots, but their tops can also be harvested for greens, and they are an excellent source of Vitamin A as well as calcium. They grow best in the cooler temperatures of spring or fall.

Group of leafy, green cabbage plants growing in a garden.

Cabbage: How to Grow It

Cabbages are cool-season crops, very closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi and brussels sprouts.

Several bundles of fresh carrots on display at a farmers market.

Carrots: How to Grow It

Carrot is a hardy, cool-season vegetable. Carrots are eaten both raw and cooked and they can be stored for winter use.

Cucumbers growing on a vine in a garden.

Cucumbers: How to Grow It

Some cucumber varieties form long vines that may ramble or be trellised. Others are bush types that fit more easily into a small garden or even a large container.

Bunches of freshly harvested garlic bulbs.

Garlic: How to Grow It

Garlic is a versatile garden vegetable with countless varieties and culinary uses. Learn some expert tips for selecting, growing and harvesting garlic in this resource!

Green beans growing a garden.

Green Beans: How to Grow It

Snap beans, also called “green beans” or “string beans” (although most modern varieties do not have strings) are harvested when the pods contain immature seeds, and the pods are still succulent.

Variety of freshly harvested onions on a cutting board.

Onions: How to Grow It

Onions are a classic, flavorful addition to any home vegetable garden! Learn some expert tips for selecting, growing and harvesting onions in this resource.

A lush, green cluster of garden peas with several pods developed.

Peas: How to Grow It

The most common type of pea in American gardens is the shelling pea, also called the “garden pea” or “English pea.” Tender, sweet peas are removed from thin, tough pods before eating.

A colorful variety of freshly, harvested bell peppers.

Peppers: How to Grow It

Peppers are heat-loving vegetables that require a long, frost-free season and full sun. Peppers can be sweet or hot, and range in color from green, yellow, orange, red and purple to brown.

A variety of different potatoes arranged on a blue cutting board.

Potatoes: How to Grow It

Potatoes are one of the world’s most-versatile vegetables. Learn how to select, plant and grow and harvest a variety that's right for you with this resource.

Colorful variety of pumpkins, winter squashes and gourds on display.

Pumpkins, Winter Squashes and Gourds: How to Grow It

There are many varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds available for planting in the garden. Learn how to select, plant, grow and harvest them in this article!

Two rows of leafy, salad greens growing in a garden.

Salad Greens: How to Grow It

Salad greens, grown for their leaves, are cool-season crops. Most salad greens can be planted very early in the spring, and many will germinate in soil temperatures as low as 40° Fahrenheit.

Zucchini ready to harvest. Courtesy: Mary Roduner

Summer Squash: How to Grow It

There are many types of summer squash, including the familiar zucchini (which can be green, green-striped, or yellow), crookneck, straightneck, patty pan and more.

Cherry tomatoes growing on a vine.

Tomato: How to Grow It

From bite-size grape tomatoes to sliceable beefsteak varieties, learn how to select, plant and grow a wide variety of tomatoes for your garden this growing season!

Century Star watermelon on display.

Melons: How to Grow It

Melons can take quite a bit of garden space throughout the summer, but they reward gardeners with sweet, juicy flavor! Learn how to select, plant and grow them today!