Growing Food

Let the culinary and horticultural experts at My Garden Life help you bring the joy of gardening into your kitchen with tips on growing food; from vegetable and herb gardening to fruit trees.

Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

Grow Light Guidelines for Getting Seeds Started

You don’t have to wait for the cold days of winter to pass before jumping into spring gardening. Start your seeds indoors to get a jump-start on the growing season. This article explains the pros and cons of using grow lights to start your plant seedlings. It also provides advice on the various light bulb types and proper spacing.
Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems

Top 10 Tomato Pests and Problems

Here's expert advice on how to keep your tomatoes healthy and prevent the 10 most common problems with tomato plants.
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

Tips for Apple Harvest and Apple Storage

Tips for Apple Harvest and Apple Storage

How to Dehydrate Fruits and Vegetables

How to Dehydrate Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable Companion Planting Chart

Grab the Companion Planting Chart download to help you understand what to plant where in your veggie patch.

6 Spice Plants to Grow at Home

6 Spice Plants to Grow at Home

Growing your own spices can be challenging, but when you succeed it's a satisfying and fun way to extend your plant collection. This article gives a guide to growing six of the most popular and useful spices at home.
Preserving Your Apple Harvest

Preserving Your Apple Harvest

The gardener who grows one or two apple trees is often faced with the happy problem of having a lot of apples. Luckily, kitchen technology and several hundred years of apple cultivation allow today’s growers to preserve the overage. We have three recipes for canning apples that will delight apple growers and eaters.
Guide to Harvesting, Curing and Storing Onions

Guide to Harvesting, Curing and Storing Onions

A good harvest of homegrown onions provides many more bulbs than you can use straight away. Thankfully, it's easy to store them in good condition for three to twelve months, so long as a few simple steps are followed.
All About Growing Peppers

All About Growing Peppers

Peppers are one of the easiest plants to grow in your vegetable garden or containers. Learn more about planting different pepper varieties and get tips on how to grow peppers successfully.
Pests and Diseases of Cucumbers

Pests and Diseases of Cucumbers

Cucumbers are generally easy to grow, but there are some things that can ruin your harvest. We’ll show you how to identify and treat common insects and diseases that affect cucumber plants.
When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

When to Harvest Garden Vegetables

Learn when and how to harvest twenty of your vegetable garden favorites.
Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Whether you’re growing fruits and vegetables yourself, picking them up from the farmers’ market or buying them at the grocery store, wash them. We have tips for washing fruits and veggies correctly, so they are safe to eat.
5 Tips to Max Out Your Summer Tomato Harvest

5 Tips to Max Out Your Summer Tomato Harvest

Here are easy tips and tricks that will help your tomato plants produce more fruit. These tips include pruning sucker branches, mixing varieties for staggered production and using the paper bag ripening trick to get an extra harvest at the end of the season.
Edible Plants for the Flower Garden

Edible Plants for the Flower Garden

Learn all about edible plants you can add to your flower garden. They look good enough to eat and taste good enough to eat!
7 Tips for Growing Exquisite Potatoes

7 Tips for Growing Exquisite Potatoes

Potatoes are a great crop for home gardeners because they are easy to grow and have many uses. Learn to grow your own potatoes with tips on choosing a location, planting, hilling, watering and harvesting.
How to Grow Peppers in Pots

How to Grow Peppers in Pots

Sweet or spicy—green, red, yellow, purple—peppers of all sorts are easy to grow in a container garden.
Tips on Crop Rotation for Beginning Gardeners

Tips on Crop Rotation for Beginning Gardeners

Learn how crop rotation and an organized planting schedule can result in healthier soil and abundant harvests.
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Frost Map with Dates

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USDA Zone Finder

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