When you grow a garden, you no longer need to count on the supermarket produce section. Or in my case, the delivery barge. Taking control of where your food comes from can start right in your own backyard. Or even on a sunny windowsill.

From growing vegetables and fruits to natural pest control and soil improvement, there’s plenty of inspiration for new gardeners here. Start small or start big; just get started!

Cauliflower Power for Your Vegetable Garden

Multicolored heads of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is in the cabbage family, but its looks and flavors are distinctly different. Heads of cauliflower grow from bunches of small florets on a sturdy stem, one reason why “flower” is so prominent in its name.

Grow Beautiful Onions in Your Garden

Onions with garden soil

One advantage to growing onions is they keep for a long time without spoiling. Plus, they are a key ingredient in just about any savory meal.

Oregano is an Essential Herb to Grow in your Garden

Oregano plant

Oregano leaves are essential to any gardener who likes to cook Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern or Mexican cuisine. This flavorful herb is enjoyed fresh or dried because of its pungent and powerful peppery flavor.

How to Plant, Grow, and Love Lavender

Using Lavender in cooking

Lavender is an easy-to-grow perennial that has a long history as a medicinal and culinary herb. Its fragrant flowers are a favorite of bees and other pollinators.

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