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
March 14, 2017 | Diane Brown | Start peppers, eggplant and tomatoes indoors now to enjoy an early harvest this summer.
February 27, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Register now for the second online series of Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 webinar
February 7, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturist and author Linda Chalker-Scott will get to the truth about common gardening myths at March 4 conference in Grand Rapids.
January 30, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Register by Feb. 16, 2017, for the Smart Gardening Vegetable Series at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show and get a 20 percent discount. All registrants receive a free pass.
December 27, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | This series is open to anyone interested in growing vegetables. Early registration is open until Jan. 10.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturists Linda Chalker-Scott and Stacey Hirvela are featured speakers at the 2017 Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
November 9, 2016 | Lisa Treiber | Enjoy tastes of fall throughout the winter months.
October 31, 2016 | Dixie Sandborn | Despite its’ name, Jerusalem artichokes have no connection to Jerusalem and are not an artichoke, but they are very versatile and good to eat.
October 24, 2016 | Karen Fifield | Why do we have to blanch produce before canning or freezing?
October 11, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Recent frost advisories are relevant for late-season vegetables.
Find an Expert
Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | DeVos Place Conference Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Jan 18, 2018 – Apr 26, 2018 | Bay College West, 2801 U.S. 2, Iron Mountain, MI 4801
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Washtenaw Western Service Building, MSU Extension, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490
Mar 1, 2018 – Jun 7, 2018 | Verkuilen Building, Assembly Rooms A&B 28115 Dunham Rd., Suite 12, Clinton Twp, MI 48036
Mar 8, 2018 – Jun 14, 2018 | Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center; 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Mar 10, 2018 – Jun 30, 2018 | Charles R. Drew Transition Center, 9600 Wyoming St., Detroit, MI 48204