Getting to Know Your Garlic, Onions and Leeks

With a ton of culinary uses and only a little growing space required, garlic in the garden is a must have. Plant individual cloves base down in fall. Cut the scapes, or seed stalks, in the summer for use in sautés and stir fries. Harvest cloves once the leaves have begun to brown and wither, then spread in a warm, airy place for a few days to dry out. Store in a cool, dark place through winter.

Getting to Know Your Root Vegetables

Beets and radishes are some of the easiest root vegetables to grow. Beets are a double crop as both root and leaves are edible. The keys to tender beets are rapid growth and timely harvest. Too little water or nutrients or too many weeds slow growth, yielding tough, woody beets. Leaving them in the ground does the same thing.

Getting to Know Your Sweet and Hot Peppers

Sweet and hot peppers are heat-loving plants that come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes and colors. Peppers need moist soil to flower and set fruit, so keep soil moist around the plants, covering with mulch if necessary and watering the plants regularly in the height of summer. Sweet peppers you may recognize from your local grocer are bell peppers which are available from green, to yellow to sweet red, but why buy when you can grow your own?