April 8, 2009

How to Grow Cabbage and Related Crops in the Home Garden

The common vegetables related to cabbage are collectively called the cole crops. Cole crops grow best in temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F. Cabbage and broccoli are the easiest to grow and should be planted from transplants in early spring.  In central Iowa, plant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower in mid-April.  MORE

How to Grow Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Tomatoes are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.

How to Grow Squash in the Home Garden

Summer squash such as zucchini, and winter squash such as acorn and buttercup grow well in fertile, well-drained soils containing high levels of organic matter. They also require full sun.

How to Grow Snap Beans in the Home Garden

Snap beans, crisp green beans that "snap" easily, are warm-season vegetables and should be planted after the danger of frost is past. The two main types are classified as bush beans or pole beans.   MORE

How to Grow Beets in the Home Garden

Beets grow best in loose, well-drained soils in sunny locations. Begin sowing beet seeds in early April and make successive plantings every 2-3 weeks ensure a continued harvest into fall. MORE

How to Grow Onions in the Home Garden

Onions are one of the most popular vegetables in the home garden and are easy to grow. They can be grown for green onions and dry bulbs. Onions grow best in well-drained, slightly acidic, fertile soils in full sun.  MORE

How to Grow Potatoes in the Home Garden

One of the most popular vegetables in the home garden is the "Irish" potato that you can grow in any loose, fertile, slightly acid soil in full sun. MORE

See also ISU Extension pamphlet PM1890, "Potatoes" available on the Internet from the ISU Extension Online Store

Special Issue: Iowa Beginner's Guide to Home Gardening

Special Issue

How to Grow Radishes and Carrots in the Home Garden

Cool-season vegetable crops, such as radishes, lettuce, and peas grow best in cool temperatures and can be planted is early spring as soon as the ground can be worked in late March or early April. MORE


Carrots can be planted planted from seed starting in early April.  MORE



How to Grow Peppers in the Home Garden

Peppers are easy- to-grow vegetables that are as pretty on the plate as they are in the garden. Green peppers or bell peppers are sweet to the taste and usually dark green, though depending on the cultivar, the fruit will turn red, yellow, orange, or some other color at maturity. MORE

Hot peppers are also easy to grow, but they are a challenge to eat. MORE

How to Grow Peas in the Home Garden

Garden, snow, and snap peas should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring.   MORE