Grow Lots of Food This Year!
If you haven't started your vegetable garden yet, now is a great time!
Here are our top tips on How to Start a Garden:
1. Grow a Variety of Seeds!
A salsa favorite, Cilantro, shown flowering above, typically flowers in the summer heat, and actually grows best in the cooler weather of spring, fall and even winter in mild climates or with protection. You can also grow it in shadier areas in the summer, although it tends to bolt quickly in hot weather. We like to let it go to flower, pollinators love it, and it produces hundreds of seeds so that you can keep reseeding the pot and keep a non-stop supply going for our Salsa Recipes.
We recommend growing both a mix of Heirloom and Hybrid tomatoes. Grow Heirloom open-pollinated tomato seeds for great flavor and seed saving, and grow Hybrid tomatoes for vigor, yield and better disease resistance. Start seeds indoors now to get them going, and check out some of our Fastest Growing Tomatoes for a faster harvest, too!
Grow a Variety of Peppers
Peppers come in such a huge range of flavors and harvest times, it's great to grow a variety including some of the earliest peppers along with hot peppers and sweet peppers so you have an ongoing harvest all summer long. You really can't grow too many peppers as you can easily preserve peppers for year-round use by drying peppers for pepper flakes or using them for pickling or other canning recipes. We have over 100 different kinds of pepper seeds you can grow, so try new varieties every year!
Find out about:
How many pepper plants should you grow per person »
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How to Prune Pepper Plants for Maximum Yield »
2. Grow Edible Companion Plants
Including lots of flowers, herbs and other vegetables in and around your garden will help increase and prolong your harvest while also creating a pollinator habitat.
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