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When it comes to stocking up on nutrient-packed produce and supporting local business, your neighborhood farmers’ market is always a smart bet. That being said, for a steady supply of fresh-picked veggies to snack on, nothing beats growing your own!

Natural allies

Group these varieties together to maximize your harvest and help keep parasites at bay.

* Cucumbers + turnips + radishes + green beans

* Carrots + lettuce + onions + leeks

* Potatoes + squash + corn + peas

* Beets + Brussels sprouts + broccoli + Swiss chard

* Kale + spinach + tomatoes + cabbage

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As a general rule, vegetables don’t fare well in the shade. Pick a strategic location for your garden that’s clear of trees, fences and buildings. Lots of sunlight is the key to a bountiful harvest.

Did you know?

Earthworms aerate the ground and help break organic matter down into natural fertilizer for plants. In other words, an abundance of the slimy critters in your garden is a surefire sign that your soil is in good health.

Did you know? 

Contrary to carrots, peas and other fast growers, certain vegetable varieties — eggplant, tomatoes and peppers, for instance — need quite a bit of time to reach maturity. Instead of trying to grow them from scratch, pick up some healthy-looking seedlings from your local garden center to transplant in your garden.

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Weeds should be removed from your vegetable patch on a weekly basis, but you can make the task much easier by adding a layer of mulch on top of the soil. For best results, choose a biodegradable variety.

Top picks

Some vegetables are a challenge to grow, even for the greenest of thumbs. If you’re just starting out in the garden, take your pick from these ten easy-growing varieties instead.

1. Beets

2. Carrots

3. Zucchini

4. Spinach

5. Green beans

6. Leafy greens

7. Onions

8. Peas

9. Radishes

10. Tomatoes


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