How to Grow Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom vegetables aren't necessarily better than modern hybrids, but they often offer more flavors, sizes, shapes, and colors than you'll see in the average grocery store.

Colorful Vegetables

Surprise your friends with purple, red, yellow, or white carrots -- plus other favorites in unexpected hues! Check out these colorful takes on your favorite vegetables.

Heritage Garden Plan

Use this garden plan to make space for old-fashioned vegetable favorites, including tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, and more.

Heirloom Tomatoes

What makes a tomato an heirloom? An heirloom has been passed down from gardener to gardener. Many have unrivaled flavors not found in other varieties.

Grow in Raised Beds

Vegetables appreciate the better drainage they get from the soil in raised beds. Raised beds warm faster in spring, too. Gardening in raised beds means less bending, so it's easier on your back.

Heirloom Flavors

New varieties with old-time flavors and old varieties introduced from other countries made waves in 2012 as American gardeners grew these luscious vegetables.

Tips For Newbies

Growing heirloom vegetables for the first time? Don't miss these tips: They'll get you off to the right start so you can enjoy success growing your own delicious, healthy food.

Training Tomatoes

No, you can't train heirloom tomatoes to fetch, but you will need train them to stay upright. Check out these creative options for taming tomato plants.

Container Heirlooms

Heirloom vegetables are naturals for growing in containers on a deck, patio, or balcony. Just match the right plant to the right size and location for the best results.

Good-Looking Gardens

Vegetable gardens can be as pretty as they are hardworking. Use these ideas for placing heirloom vegetables into a lovely setting.

Saving Heirlooms

Save the seeds of heirloom tomatoes, beans, and other vegetables to plant next season: Unlike hybrids, they come true from seed every year.

Productivity Tips!

Whether you've got an acre or just a few square feet, make every inch count with these tips for growing heirloom or hybrid vegetables.

Organic Gardening

Most heirloom vegetables were originally grown organically. Find out how easy it is to save money and go organic in your yard.


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