Vegetable Gardening Resources for Gardeners

Man, there’s a lot of gardening info out there! Online, (including Kindle and other eBooks), there’s a lot of junk thrown up by those looking to make a quick buck from ads or product sales, but there’s also a lot of solid info. Here are my picks:

Vegetable Garden Design and Planning

Designing a Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening is easy, but creating the initial vegetable garden takes some work. Be sure to put some thought into designing your vegetable garden before you start digging.

How much veg to plant | Grow Organic Food

This summarises how much to grow to feed a family of two adults and three children. Each of the rows is 4.5M (15ft) Long. Also included is advice on how much to harvest for each meal.

West Coast Seeds planting chart

Planting dates for vegetable crops in British Columbia.


GrowGuide – Weekend Gardener

GrowGuide helps you plan a vegetable garden by informing you what you can sow, harden off, or transplant, week by week, based on your frost dates, in just four easy steps.

Starting Vegetables from Seed

How to Grow Vegetables: Direct Seeding Outside
Direct seeding outside has many advantages for most kinds of vegetables, though it’s not the best solution for all of them.
Starting tomato seed
Starting tomatoes from seed is really quite easy to do. Some good light, a sterile, well drained soil mix, some warmth and good seed is all that is needed.You can start your tomatoes begining 6-8 weeks before you want to set them out…
Vegetable Seeds – The Official Seed-Starting Home Page
The Official Seed Starting Home Page assists you in all your seed starting needs. Get fast facts on starting vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for your garden. One page of facts is devoted to each seed.
Seed Starting – How to Successfully Start Plants from Seed
Starting plants from seed isn’t rocket science, but there are several seed starting tips that will help your success rate with seed germination and give your seedlings a healthy start. Here’s how to start seeds indoors and the seed starting supplies you’ll need to grow plants from seed.
Seed Starting (Fine Gardening Magazine)
How a practiced propagator gets seedlings off to a healthy start

Buying and Growing Vegetable Transplants

Buying Transplants for Your Food Garden
Planting already-started plants (called transplants, starts, or seedlings, depending on where you are) is a great way to get a head-start on the season, but you need to know what to look for when you buy, in order to get healthy transplants that will grow well.
Growing Transplants – Taste of Gardening – University of Illinois Extension
Growing Transplants – Starting Plants at Home – Get a head start on your garden
Growing Vegetable Transplants for Home Gardens (PDF)
Straightforward instructions on raising transplants from the Agricultural Extension Service at the University of Tennessee

Soil and Bed Preparation for Vegetables

Preparing a New Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
There are a number of different ways to make a new raised bed vegetable garden. Some work better on a larger scale, some depend on having soil present to start with, others take more or less physical effort.
No-dig vegetable garden – TipThePlanet
A no dig garden, or raised garden bed, consists of layering organic materials on top of the soil to create a nutrient rich environment for your plants, in this case, vegetables. The garden literally composts the materials…
Master Gardener Manual: Soil Preparation
Master Gardener Manual: Home Vegetable Garden – SOIL PREPARATION
Arizona Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona.

Keeping Down Weeds in the Vegetable Garden

Cultivating and Weeding the Garden Without Chemicals | Garden Guides
Cultivating and Weeding the Garden Without Chemicals. Learn the basics of weeding and cultivating – pesticide free!…
Controlling weeds in your lawn and garden
A guide to controlling and eliminating perennial and annual weeds in your lawn and garden without the use of chemicals
Weeds and Your Garden
Contains: The dreaded weed … Prepare garden beds carefully… Watch out for weed sources… Block weeds with plants and mulch… Pulling weeds… etc
Weeding Aids
Weeding Aids – tools for keeping down the weeds.

Pests and Diseases of Vegetables

Insect Pests of Vegetables
North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service fact sheet
Vegetable Diseases Cornell Home Page
Detailed information on prevention and treatment of pests and diseases. Allows you to search by crop or other factors, and includes photos.

Watering and Irrigating Vegetable Gardens

Vegetable Garden Irrigation (Tips.Net)
A variety of methods can be used to irrigate your vegetable garden, ranging from very simple to complex. The easiest solution is to hand water the plants with a garden hose or a watering bucket. More complex systems use sprinklers, and the most complex systems use drip irrigation.<
Watering – Vegetable Gardening
Vegetable gardens usually need about one inch of water (630 gallons per 1,000 square feet) per week in the form of rain or irrigation during the growing season.
Gardening Without Irrigation (or without much, anyway)
Full text of Steve Solomon’s book “Water-wise vegetables”. Especially useful to maritime gardeners in areas like Cascadia, but has much to say to all gardeners.

Feeding and Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden

How to Fertilize Vegetables Organically |
How to Fertilize Vegetables Organically. Use organic fertilizers for the constant supply of slow-release nutrients your vegetable plants need to thrive. Provide your plants with the right food and they’ll feed you well in turn.
Fertilizing Vegetable Garden Soils, HYG-1601-92
Ohio University Fact Sheet covering the basics of fertilizing with chemical or organic fertilizers.
Nutrient Deficiency Problem Solver
Plant Nutrition Problem Solver – how to tell when your plants are short of a nutrient.

Growing Vegetables in Winter

Fall and Winter Vegetable Planting Guide
Fall and Winter gardening, although an old practice, is an excellent solution for keeping the tilth and fertility of your garden’s soil at its peak levels. At the same time it yields crops of delicious vegetables throughout the fall and winter.
Winter Vegetable Gardening
Winter Gardening – what to grow, when and where. From Organic Gardening Magazine.
Winter Planting Guide
When to plant winter vegetables in BC – from West Coast Seeds

Veggie Gardening Magazines

Organic Gardening Magazine (US/Canada)
Organic Gardening magazine is an indispensable tool for the avid gardener with daily tips, regional gardening calendars, product reviews, forums, blogs, videos and more
Vegetable Gardener / Grow! (Taunton Press: USA/Canada)
Learn how to start and care for a vegetable, herb, or kitchen garden, from selecting the best heirloom and hybrid varieties to growing, harvesting, cooking with, and preserving your vegetables, herbs, fruits, and berries.
Kitchen Garden (UK)
UK’s No.1 magazine for growing your own fruit and veg

Veggie Gardening Forums

Vegetable Gardening
Looking for info about Vegetable Gardening? Visit the Helpful Gardener Forum, a friendly place for home gardeners.
Allotment and Vegetable Gardening – Index – Allotment and Vegetable Gardening
Allotment Gardening Forums, Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs plus general gardening advice and help from other friendly gardeners and growers who like chatting on the plot about their garden<
Vegetable Gardening Discussion Forum
The Vegetable Gardening discussion forum at Dave’s Garden. Vegetables feed and nourish our bodies, while their beauty is a feast for the eyes. Here’s the place to discuss your favorite veggies…
Fruit & Vegetable Gardening – Canadian Gardening Forums
Interested in growing a vegetable garden or a fruit garden? Whether you’re gardening indoors or outdoors, planting an edible garden can be easy and fun.