The Vegetable Patch

Advice on how to grow vegetables from seed to harvest, care for them, protect them from diseases, and boost harvests. Natural treatments only!

Prune your cherry tomato to make sure you get a harvest

That burst of juicy sweetness in the mouth makes these the queens of appetizers! Cherry tomato is easy to grow in a pot, ideal for urban gardeners. A bit of pruning is necessary to make sure your harvest is abundant – and your fruits ripe!
Steps and guidance to prune a cherry tomato plant like this one

Pruning tomato plants, let those shears run loose!

Should you prune your tomato plants? Experts admit that both “Yes” and “No” work very well, so take your pick! Discover the advantages of each method, and learn to easily prune and shape your tomato plant.
Tips and tricks to get the pruning of your tomato plants right

23 Vegetables that resist drought and dry spells

“Climate change”. Hard to have a day go by when this phrase isn’t heard in a conversation. And, like it or not, seasons are changing: frost dates are shifting, winters get milder, summer heat waves strike stronger, drought becomes a thing where it previously never was…
Drought resistant vegetables

Growing vegetables with ready-made kits

A sprig of basil here, a couple oyster mushrooms or cherry tomatoes there… It’s possible to taste home-grown versions of these delicacies even if you live in an apartment!
Kit to grow food

Growing vegetables on your balcony, give it a try!

Persons living in an apartment also have the right to grow their own vegetables, don’t you think? Actually, you don’t need to have a lot of land to plant seeds or plants. With our tips and tricks you’ll discover how easy it is to have your own vegetable patch on a balcony!
Tomato plant on a balcony with fruits ripening

No-treat vegetable patch: easy peasy

Experiment with companion planting which has by now proven its effectiveness in organic vegetable gardening. It’s easy, all pros and no cons: no treating and less work!
Easy growing for vegetables without even treating

Spring sowing and planting

There it is! Spring! Rather than cramming to fit everything in a single month, stage your sowing and planting wisely to maximize your harvests and avoid spring burn-out.
Row of onion and strawberry plants

Regional planting calendar to maximize your vegetable patch – MetroFrance Edition

For those of you in France who want to absolutely maximize your vegetable productivity, it’s important to follow a rigorous planting calendar. For that, it’s important to realize that not all regions have the same climate and weather conditions. Indeed, the climate isn’t the same in all parts of France, and this has a direct […]
Climate zones in France to guide the planting calendar in the vegetable patch

Tomato, how to sow it well

Much tastier than any tomato purchased in a store, tomatoes sown from seed are also more flavorful than those purchased in nursery pots.
Sprouting tomato seeds

Garlic, how to grow it

Garlic is a perennial vegetable plant which is a must-have in the vegetable patch. It craves sun.
Cloves of garlic ready for planting

Around the summer vegetable bed

If the summer is hot, watch over the vegetables in the patch and take up these easy and organic habits to ensure you get a proper harvest.
Summer vegetables and tomato care

Companion planting in the vegetable patch

Just like humans, vegetables also have friends and foes. Some families stimulate or protect each other. Other families tire each other out and make each other vulnerable. Companion planting is the art of pairing them well!
Raised beds with companion planting

Preparing an organic square-foot vegetable patch

You’ll simply adore biting into the organic vegetables you’ve grown yourself – all the more because it won’t have cost you any heavy garden work at all! Preparing an organic square-foot vegetable patch is your key to this dream situation.
Three square-foot vegetable beds

Growing tomato in pots

Really fired-up to grow tomatoes, but you’ve only got a tiny balcony or terrace and think it’s impossible? Think again!
Tomato growing and ripening in a pot

Enjoying tomatoes in the garden

Biting into the juicy fragrant flesh of a home-grown tomato is within your reach if you have a little space in your vegetable patch.
Easy-growing tomatoes is child's play, like this toddler savoring a tomato on a bench.

Scores of squash!

Easy to grow in the vegetable patch, Cucurbitaceae come in a great variety of fruits which we can savor from summer’s end to the beginning of spring.
Squash

How to grow tomato, the perfect guide

Tomato is a vegetable-fruit that is among the most eaten produce in the world. Tomatoes are also the first plant gardeners grow in their vegetable gardens!
Red tomatoes on the tree

Radish, an all-season favorite

Radish is a root vegetable that is absolutely delicious. It is famous for both its taste and the ease with which it grow.
Four radish harvest on a cement block

Brussels sprouts, the Origin story

Its rough, bitter taste sends the weak-spirited away… since the 17th century! Nonetheless, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, especially during the winter season.
Brussels sprouts peeled and laid out on a cutting board, ready for a winter meal.

Watermelon, how to grow it best

The epitome of summer fruits, watermelon is easy to grow when it can receive all the summer sun it needs. From sowing to harvest, here are the tips to grow it.
Watermelon grown and harvested

Stock the pantry for winter

In the vegetable patch, summer is the season for harvests, but sowing still continues for lettuce, cabbage and other vegetables to ensure you’ve got produce for the winter.
Winter crops

Bell pepper, a carnival of colors

Whether it be raw, cooked, hot or cold, savored fresh in bite-size snacks, in mixed salads or ice cream or simply baked to a golden color in the oven, summer fruits and vegetables are easy to cook.
Single green bell pepper on the plant

Mizuna cabbage, japanese greens

Mizuna looks like lettuce, it is very similar to arugula, but it’s actually a type of cabbage. A crunchy texture and peppery taste are what make it much sought after.
Three greens: lettuce, mizuna cabbage and coriander

Sowing, different types of sowing

Who hasn’t yet dreamed of sowing a plant to see it sprout in their garden, admiring the magic of a seed bursting forth and growing to become an entire plant? There is nothing that a gardener enjoys more than the pleasure of watching a seedling grow. This growing technique is actually very easy, and is […]
Sowing is performed in various ways depending on the plant and the climate

Snow peas for refreshing meals!

Snow pea is a variety of green pea for which the seed and the pod are eaten together. To savor them until you burst, plant some in your vegetable patch!
Snow pea pods and their contents gathered in a spoon

Lentil, from seed to harvest

Known and renowned for its nutritional properties, the lentil is an annual plant that is a cinch to grow in the garden.
Lentil plants growing in a vegetable patch, with pods ready for the harvest
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