Homegrown fruits and veggies are some of the most delicious (and healthiest) foods out there, but the prospect of starting your own garden can be intimidating. Luckily the internet is here to help.
Here we provide you with some of the best resources for growing your own fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re starting a kitchen window herb garden or want to harvest some serious crops, these apps, YouTube channels, and websites can help.
The best YouTube channels for getting started with gardening
Many YouTube personalities are here to help you grow your vegetable garden. Watch a few videos and gain the confidence to start rowing in no time.
1. Plant your first vegetable garden
With over 1,500 gardening videos on his channel alone, Gary Pilarchik from The Rusted Garden covers just about everything you need to know about soil, plants, seeds and everything else gardening.
Pilarchik discusses everything from bed turning to fertilizer tips in the video above. If you follow this explanation, you can grow a tomato crop and heaps of herbs in no time.
2. Fast growing vegetables
Need instant gratification? Enjoy your first harvest in just a few weeks thanks to this helpful video from Epic Gardening, which discusses five fast-growing vegetables you can harvest in a month.
Plant micro-veggies, baby lettuce, etc., then use the harvest to make your own salad. It’s an easy win for most new gardeners. Even better, check out some new vegetarian and vegan apps to find recipes for all those greens.
3. Grow an indoor herb garden
If you don’t have access to an outdoor growing area, create an herb garden right in your kitchen. The above video from The Ripe Tomato Farms shows you how to keep your cilantro, dill and other herbs happy.
Packed with flavor, fresh herbs are cheaper (and often far tastier) than their store-bought counterparts. This video will help you set up the right soil, start an appropriate watering schedule and choose the best container for your new garden.
The best apps for decorating your garden
Many apps can help your veggies, fruits, and herbs thrive. Here is a short selection of some popular downloads.
1. Tend to your garden: gardening app
The Farm Your Yard app challenges you to grow 10% of your food in your own yard, and then provides the tools to do just that.
First, the app helps you determine which edible plants will grow best in your area and provides information about your particular growing zone. Next, it shows a planting calendar with fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can plant now (or in the near future).
Choose your desired plants from the Plant now List to learn more about their special needs and culinary options. It also gives you a sense of how long it takes for the plants to reach the harvest stage. Chives, for example, are ready to harvest after 60 days, while asparagus takes a whopping 730 days.
That garden guide section offers many ready-made designs that you can use as a template for your own garden, with mixtures of plants that go well together. Then the garden calendar Section tells you exactly when to plant, thin and harvest your goods.
Overall, this free app is packed with great information and tools for any aspiring vegetable gardener.
Downloads: Farm Your Yard: Gardening App for iOS | Android (free)
2. Veggie Garden Planner
Set up your garden bed in advance with this planner app. This will help all of your plants work well together.
Check out the long vegetable list to choose your plant. Each listing includes helpful information on general plant care, as well as other fruits and vegetables that work well with it. The blueberry, for example, can coexist well with basil or raspberries, while tomatoes might not make good neighbors.
Add your fruits, vegetables and herbs to the list and a customized calendar will tell you when to plant and harvest them.
A neighbor chart helps ensure all of your plants play well together. Those that are good neighbors – like blueberries and basil – appear with a heart. Bad neighbors have a down arrow icon.
If you’re really getting into that planning process, there are many more online landscaping and garden design tools you might want to try. You can create the perfect garden for your area before you plant a single seed.
Overall, the Veggie Garden Planner app is a handy reference for anyone planning a new garden. Some content is free, but you need an annual subscription to access all plants.
Downloads: Vegetable garden planner for iOS | Android (free, in-app purchases available)
3. From seed to spoon gardening
This growing guide to over 100 fruits, vegetables, and herbs will have you harvesting food in no time. The app even offers customized planting dates based on your location, making you more likely to plant a successful garden.
Scroll through the generous list of plants to choose the one that interests you, then click on one to see the details. You can access information about the preferred growing season, frost hardiness, water requirements, etc. There’s even a link to recipes for your chosen veggies.
Despite providing links to gardening products that you can purchase, this robust and informative app is completely free with no in-app purchases.
Downloads: From Seed to Spoon Gardening for iOS | Android (free)
The best gardening websites to delve deeper
If you are ready to learn more about gardening at home, these websites provide hours of helpful content. Check these out to learn how to up your veggie gardening game from some of the top experts.
1. The Old Farmer’s Almanac
A staple since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is still a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning more about plants. The site has a beginner’s vegetable gardening section that will give you advice on almost everything from planting season to how to start a garden.
2. Dave’s garden
Review plant files and participate in hundreds of gardener-only discussion forums, including regional gardener forums around the world. The sheer amount of information available is impressive, with thousands of entries from thousands of gardeners.
If you have questions about growing vegetables, fruits or herbs in your area, you can probably find the answers on this website.
Produce more fruits and vegetables with these apps, videos and websites
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete novice, there’s always more to learn about caring for your plants. With some great apps, websites, and videos, you can grow the vegetable garden of your dreams in no time.
But remember that these resources can only do so much and you will need to put in the time and effort to make your new home garden special.