(By Jolene Hansen) When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you get all the fun of gardening plus the garden-to-table goodness and nutrition that only comes with homegrown harvests. The following eight easy-to-grow edibles show just how simple growing and enjoying your own fruits and vegetables can be: 1. Bell Peppers Bell peppers start out green, but they mature to red, orange, yellow, purple and even chocolate brown. Pick them early and they'll still color up, but they won't get any sweeter. Learn all about growing your own bell peppers at home. 2. Blackberries and Raspberries Caneberries, such as blackberries and raspberries, provide tasty fruits for you and your family, and provide treats for birds and butterflies. Pruning is important, but nature keeps that simple, too. Learn how to Grow Blackberries and Raspberries, including how to prune. 3. Cabbage For most gardeners, summer comes too fast to grow cool-loving cabbage from seed. Even if summer arrives before you have prepared to plant cabbage seeds, you can still plant mid to late summer, and you'll have a bountiful crop come fall. Learn all about homegrown red cabbage, including making kraut! 4. Cucumbers Vining cucumbers require some space, unless you grow them in containers. Add a trellis, and your crop stays healthier and more productive. For a taste of summer, learn more about growing cucumbers, in containers and in the ground. 5. Garlic Garlic can be planted in spring, but fall-planted garlic leads to bigger, better crops. Be sure garlic is treated to enough chilly weather while growing or the bulb-like heads won't separate into cloves. Learn all about growing delicious garlic at home. 6. Strawberries Strawberries are flavorful edibles that come back year after year. You can choose from many types. Some send out “runners" that root and create baby plants, increasing your patch for free. Learn how to grow your own tasty strawberries in your home garden. 7. Tomatoes Whether you like big, beefy tomatoes or tiny cherry and grape types, these heat-loving tropicals are simple to grow in large decorative containers or veggie plots. Plant cages help keep them healthy and make harvests easier. Just follow these easy steps to grow your own tomatoes. 8. Zucchini and Squash Plant zucchini and other squash seeds straight into your garden at the end of spring planting season. Eat soft-skinned squash when ripe; store thick-skinned squash into winter. Learn about growing zucchini and squash, including their edible blossoms. With simple-to-grow fruits and veggies like these, you'll discover just how easy, rewarding and enjoyable growing your own can be. As you grow, Sevin® insecticides can help keep your homegrown edibles healthy and pest-free. Always match your plants and pests to the product label, and choose the pesticide product that works best for you. GardenTech and the family of GardenTech® brands are committed to helping you grow beautiful, productive gardens and enjoy all the fruits — and veggies — of your labors.
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