Home Vegetable Gardening
Growing vegetables doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming, especially if you follow the advice on this site. You'll soon discover, however, that experience really is the best teacher. As your knowledge grows, so will the rewards of this productive pastime.
Vegetable Garden Basics - ANR publication #8059 (PDF 86kb), is a 7-page document that covers planning and planting a home vegetable garden
Vegetable Planting Guide (From Master Gardener Handbook)
Understanding a Seed Packet - Sacramento Master Gardeners
Seed Starting - Starting your vegetables indoors early can give your garden a jumpstart on spring. It also reduces the cost of seedling transplants
Soil temperature conditions - Sacramento Master Gardeners. Soil temperatures for vegetable seed germination
Vegetable Seed Saving: Discusses how to save seeds from vegetables grown in your garden. It also lists information on the storage life of seeds and provides directions for testing the viability of seeds. UCCE Stanislaus
Crop Rotation - lists the top ten vegetable families and their members to help vegetable gardeners plan a crop rotation schedule. From Sacramento MGs.
Growing Vegetables in containers - You can still grow fresh vegetables even if you don't have the yard to plant a garden in. Try container gardening!
Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden - A helpful 10 page guide on growing tomatoes that covers planting, varieties and common problems found in the home garden.
Soils, Irrigation and Fertilizers
Managing Clay Soils in the garden
Know Your Soil - Sacramento Master Gardeners
Soils vary greatly from one place to another. The secret is to know the nature of the soil, the kinds of problems to expect and what can be done about them.
Sheet Mulching - Sacramento Master Gardeners
Sheet Mulching (Lasagna Gardening) - Oregon State (includes pictures)
Soil Solarization - UC IPM program explanation of soil solarization for gardens and landscapes using the heat of the sun to manage soilborne pests.
Compost in a Hurry - Making compost to use in your home garden
Drip Irrigation in the home garden
Fertilizing the garden - Vegetables grown in most California soils often require some fertilizer for best growth. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient and can be applied using either organic forms such as manures or compost or inorganic forms (chemical fertilizers) to supply needed nutrient
Harvesting and Storing
Other Helpful Resources
Cover cropping (PDF 168kb) in home vegetable gardens explains how and why to plant a cover crop to improve soil quality and nutrition.
Want to learn more about growing beans or turnips? Click here for information related to specific vegetable crops in the garden
Growing Edible Flowers - Sacramento Master Gardeners
Growing Herbs - Lots of information on growing herbs in the home garden and landscape
Raised Beds - Information on growing vegetables in raised beds
Helpful Websites to Visit
UC CA Garden Web Vegetable web-site - Includes information on planning your garden, caring for plants and harvesting vegetables.
UC IPM ( Integrated Pest Management) - Information on growing and harvesting vegetables as well as common diseases and pests
Free UC Publications related to Vegetable Garden Material
SJ UC Master Gardener Pinterest site - Vegetable Gardening
Seed Savers - Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds
Sunset Garden Website - Lots of articles and videos related to vegetable gardening. We are Sunset Zone 14 (USDA 9)