Acorn squash is fun for kids to grow since it gets so large and has such big leaves on it! Using the square foot gardening method and growing vertically will help you to save space if space is an issue. Enjoy these acorn squashes a variety of different ways!
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Aloe Vera makes a beautiful addition to your indoor succulent or tropical garden! It can be planted outdoors if you live in zone 10 or above, otherwise Aloe Vera makes a great indoor plant for your windowsill.
Apple trees can be grown in even the smallest of backyards by keeping pruned down. Growing your own apples can be such a tasty reward and you will not regret it! There are many varieties of apples and they have different temperaments for your climate. The best zones to grow apple trees in are USDA Zones 4-8.
Apricot trees are a great, unique addition to your garden! They will do best when planted with another apricot tree to help pollinate each other. Apricot trees are hardier than its other relatives, but still thrive in a moderate climate that doesn’t get too hot or too cold (zones 4-10).
Artichokes are a perennial that does best in an environment with cool summer temperatures and mild winters, but can be grown in any environment. They not only provide artichokes, but also add beauty and color to your garden! They are commonly grown for ornamental purposes since their flowers add such beauty! Once they are established they will need very little care.
This fast-growing, cool-season salad green (aka “Rocket”) – often ready to harvest as early as 4 weeks after seeding – adds a tangy, peppery or mustard-like flavor to salads and mesclun mixes. Arugula can be incredibly spicy as the temperature warms up, but sweetens as it cools.
Asparagus plants are quite the investment of time taking up to 3 years for a harvest. If you are planning on growing asparagus, make sure to plan ahead and set aside a section of your garden just for this.
Avocado is a tasty and unique addition to any garden or indoor grow area! Although most avocado trees do best in moderate temperatures, there are some that can tolerate freezing temperatures. Avocado can be planted by seed or transplanted from a nursery. It’s more of a guaranteed method by taking a graft from a tree. A transplant could produce fruit within 2-3 years, whereas if you grow from seeds it can take 8 or more years.
Banana peppers, also known as yellow wax peppers, look a lot like bananas. These mild peppers are really easy to grow and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant.
Basil is one of our favorite herbs to cook with in the kitchen. It flourishes in warm weather and is one of the best things to plant alongside your tomatoes. Many people mix various types of basil in their gardens. It is also great for container gardening. Some of our favorite varieties are sweet, thai, lemon, cinnamon, and lettuce leaf.
You can grow beans as snap beans, shell beans or dry beans. They are extremely easy to grow and will always be a staple on our garden. We plant new rounds of them every 3 weeks from spring until the end of summer. How to Grow: Bush beans can be…
Pole beans yield 2-3 times more than bush beans from the same space, are easier to harvest, and many gardeners believe they are better tasting. Both types have similar requirements, except pole beans need a 5 to 8-foot-tall support.
Bee balm is in the same family as mint and is grown very similarly. It is not only easy to care for, but it grows and spreads by itself, coming back year after year. For this reason, it is best to keep them in their own containers so they do not take over other plants in the garden. Bee balm is known for its amazing scent and beautiful flowers! They are great at attracting beneficial critters to your garden including hummingbirds and butterflies!
We love to grow beets because they’re full of vitamins, and the entire plant can be eaten. The greens from beets are great in salad mixes, and the roots are a sweet, earthy addition to a vegetable juice.
Bell peppers produce a variety of different colors and look beautiful out in your garden! These sweet peppers grow really well in the summer and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant. It’s easy to grow your own bell peppers with our free mobile app! Learn more in the details below.
Blackberry bushes are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Some blackberry bushes grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Blackberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes 2 years for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.
Blueberry bushes are a great addition to your garden! These bushes are easy to grow and care for and thrive in acidic soil. You may need to add an acidifier to the soil to help these bushes thrive in your garden. They will not produce fruit until it is a couple years old, but patience is a virtue! Enjoy these tasty berries!
Bok Choy (also sometimes called Chinese Cabbage) is a cool weather vegetable that can be grown to harvest in spring and fall. It does not grow into a head and has beautiful large, dark green leaves.