Category Archives: 31 Days to a Great Northern Vegetable Garden

hardening off

Day 11: Seed Starting, Part 3: Hardening Off

Once your seeds have germinated and the seedlings are growing, the next step in the process is transplanting them into a larger container—or not. If I’m growing lettuce under lights…


Day 10: Starting Seeds Indoors, Part 2

Yesterday’s topic was starting seeds for your vegetable garden indoors in trays or containers of potting mix, which works great for smaller seeds that you sprinkle on the surface of…

lettuce in minigreenhouse 2

Day 9: Starting Seeds Indoors, Part 1

This is the first of a three-part post about starting seeds indoors. If you’ve never done it before, the main thing you should know is that it’s really easy. Seeds…

strawberries in a bag

Day 8: Vegetables in the Ornamental Garden

While many people like to place their vegetable garden in a separate space designed just for growing and harvesting food, others either lack enough space for dedicated vegetable area or…


Day 7: Designing Your Vegetable Garden

When you’re planning a vegetable garden, nearly as important as deciding what to grow in it is figuring out a design. A well-thought out plan will save you a lot…


Day 6: Favorite Seed Sources for Your Vegetable Garden

If you’ve decided to try starting your own vegetable seeds this year, you’ll find a lot of choices at hand—both for varieties available as well as places to buy them….


Day 5: Seeds vs. Starter Plants

For me, half the fun of starting a vegetable garden comes at this time of year, when I sit down with a stack of seed catalogs to look at all…

tomatoes on plate

Day 4: What to Grow in Your Vegetable Garden

For most gardeners, deciding which vegetables to plant is greatly affected by yesterday’s topic: whether they’ll be gardening in traditional beds, raised beds, or containers. You wouldn’t want to try…