Growing Guides & Library
General Growing Guides
Easy Crops to Grow From Seed A range of crops that we recommend for beginners and that you can plant directly in your garden.
A Beginner's Growing Guide Preparing, sowing, and transplanting for beginners.
Recommended Planting Dates(PDF) for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast
The Major Plant Families in a Vegetable Garden an illustrated listing
Heirloom Gardening for Biodiversity Three broad strategies for increasing biodiversity with your garden.
Getting More Hot-Season Veg from your Cool-Climate Garden and getting Southern flavor in the North.
What to Grow Through Very Hot Summers Recommended varieties of 11 crops for hot climates.
Sowing Summer Crops Straight Into the Garden Methods and advantages of direct sowing.
Summer Succession Crops How to have a continuous harvest.
Guidelines for Successful Seed Sowing Basic instructions on how to plant seeds.
Vegetable Growing Guides
Herb & Flower Growing GuidesKey to Herb & Flower Cultural Notes
Herbs - Plain and Fancy (pdf) - a guide to culinary herbs
Seed Saving for Home Use (pdf) - wet and dry seed processing techniques (crop-specific)
Saving Tomato Seeds: An Illustrated Guide Detailed information that's also relevant to a range of seeds that mature wet.
Fall & Winter Gardening Guides
Remember summer planting for fall harvest! Many fall and winter crops need to be started in June and July.