Whether you are new to gardening or a veteran, our vegetable gardening tip sheet will help you be successful from planting to harvest. Check out our “How to Grow” series in our Resources section for more information on growing specific vegetables.
Garden planning calendar
Where to put your garden
- Choose a smart site for your vegetable garden.
- Container gardening for vegetables and herbs
- How to grow a hydroponic garden
Build your garden soil
- Smart fertilizer use: A vegetable garden begins with a soil management plan.
- Caring for your soil tip sheet
Plan your garden on paper
Plant your vegetable garden
- Planting a smart vegetable garden
- Planting vegetables: includes list of cool and warm season crops
- Selecting healthy transplants
- Starting seeds
- Planting fall vegetable crops for your garden
Keep your plants growing
- Use integrated pest management (IPM) to manage garden problems.
- Identify and manage common pests and diseases.
- View videos on mulching to control weeds and adding row covers.
- Celery Fusarium yellows
- Potato late blight
- Potato verticillium wilt and early vine death
- Tomato bacterial canker
- Tomato early blight
- Tomato septoria leaf spot
- Tomato diseases in the home garden
- Blossom-end rot of tomato
- FAQ about late blight in potatoes and tomatoes
Harvest and preserving vegetables
- Individial tip sheets on using, storing and cooking with Michigan vegetables
- USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
July 21, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | Register now for the Master Gardener Program in Escanaba, Michigan, starting Aug. 25, 2016. Online registration is required by Aug. 11, limited and partial scholarship application are required by July 29.
July 12, 2016 | Beth Bishop | Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.
June 30, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Egyptian walking onions are not from Egypt and they don’t walk, but they are onions!
May 23, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | Improve your local food system and your personal health by growing your own vegetables in a well-planned garden that will provide fresh produce, exercise and enjoyment all season long.
May 23, 2016 | Michelle Walk | Options for utilizing your school garden during summer months.
May 20, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | Find out where plant, how to plant, and how to manage your garden to grow fresh, nutritious and delicious food all season long.
May 17, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Garden tomatoes thrive in warm weather, eight or more hours of full sunlight and warm soil.
May 16, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | Research shows that school gardens can improve academic achievement.
May 10, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | There are lots of existing garden activities and curriculum, but there are certain qualities to look for to make sure they are appropriate for your students.
May 2, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Follow these tips for creating, purchasing and using compost.
Find an Expert
Aug 4, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 8, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 11, 2016 | Isabella County Building, Room 320 200 N. Main Street Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Aug 16, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 25, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 25, 2016 | Midland County MSU Extension (3rd Floor County Services Building) 220 W. Ellsworth Street Midland, MI 48640
Aug 25, 2016 | Washtenaw County office, 705 Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103