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.

Vegetables that Grow in Shade

Vegetables that Grow in Shade

Learn what herbs and vegetables can handle some shade and still produce a worthy harvest.
5 Benefits of Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

5 Benefits of Growing an Indoor Herb Garden

An indoor herb garden can be an incredibly rewarding experience, smell fabulous, improve your cooking and save you money in the long run.
How to Grow Zucchini Plants

How to Grow Zucchini Plants

All About Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Berries

All About Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Berries

All About Growing and Using Herbs

All About Growing and Using Herbs

Vegetable Companion Planting Chart

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

Blackberry Muffins

Blackberry Muffins

Here’s the first thing we do with our summer blackberry crop—whip up a batch of these easy and scrumptious blackberry muffins. Here’s the second—freeze a batch to savor come winter.
All About Mint

All About Mint

Take a minute and “refresh” yourself on one of the easiest-to-grow herbs – the mint plant! We cover all the basics of growing and harvesting mint and we’ll introduce you to 28 different varieties of mint. You’ll want to try them all!
Get to Know Leafy Salad Greens

Get to Know Leafy Salad Greens

The days when iceberg lettuce set the standard for a leaf salad are long gone. Get in on the latest salad trends with these 16 leafy options that will bring fresh color, flavor, textures, and added nutrients to your next salad.
Plant a Stir-fry Garden – Diagram and Veggie Selections

Plant a Stir-fry Garden – Diagram and Veggie Selections

Square foot gardening is a great method for planning a stir-fry garden. You’ll always have fresh ingredients on hand for delicious homemade stir-fries!
Succession Planting for Vegetables

Succession Planting for Vegetables

Is it possible to get lettuce and other vegetables all through summer? Yes, if you follow these steps for succession planting. See which vegetables can be used for succession planting to give you fresh vegetables for your summer recipes.
Vegetable Garden Basics – Start a Small Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden Basics – Start a Small Vegetable Garden

Even if you've never gardened before, you can grow your own vegetables with little investment of time or money. Let us show you how to plant a 4’ x 4’ area from scratch.
Hardening Off Plants and Seedlings

Hardening Off Plants and Seedlings

Moving plants and seedlings directly outdoors in the spring can be a shock to their systems, even to the point of causing damage or death. “Hardening off” is the safe way to introduce plants to the outdoors. Follow these simple steps to introduce your plants to spring safely.
5 Tips for Fertilizing Fruit Trees

5 Tips for Fertilizing Fruit Trees

Learn how to fertilize your home orchard and maximize your summer and fall harvest. Whether you’re growing apple, peach, apricot, cherry or another type of fruit tree, these five most important rules of thumb will hold in almost all cases.
Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Our recipe for tabbouleh couldn't be easier and most of the ingredients can come straight out of your garden.
The Garbage Garden: Vegetables you Can Regrow

The Garbage Garden: Vegetables you Can Regrow

Get more out of your vegetable purchases. You can create a garden from the vegetable scraps that might otherwise go in the compost pile or get tossed into the garbage.
How to Make and Enjoy Shrub

How to Make and Enjoy Shrub

Learn how to make your own shrub--a colonial-era, refreshing and oh-so-trendy drink mixer. All it takes is vinegar, sugar and your own fresh produce.
Get to Know Basil

Get to Know Basil

Basil is available in more sizes and colors than ever before. But one thing all the varieties will always have in common - excellent flavor and an endless variety of uses.
frost map with dates

Frost Map with Dates

USDA zone finder with zip code search and maps

USDA Zone Finder

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