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Rising grocery costs and concerns over toxic pesticides have led many organic consumers to start home vegetable gardens. 

The task is easier than you may think, and you don’t need an expansive plot of land to enjoy nature’s bounty. Many popular veggies can grow in containers or compact spaces. 

Here are three ideal choices for newbies and seasoned gardeners alike.


Commonly considered vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits. They can, however, be an integral part of a vegetable garden. 

Tomatoes are high in cancer-fighting lycopene and other antioxidants. There are also myriad varieties to tempt your palate. 

Tomatoes can be planted after soil has thawed and there’s no other chance for frost. They’ll require plenty of sunlight. Fruit will be available to harvest toward the latter part of summer. 

Pick up some heirloom and exotic seedlings from the Tomatomania collection.


Peas grow inside the pods of legumes. These plants like moist soil that drains well. 

Water frequently, but make sure soil doesn’t become flooded if you want peas to flourish. 

Consider growing Chinese pea pods so you can whip up Garlic Snow Peas with Cilantro straight from the garden.


Peppers come in so many varieties that it’s easy to find ones that appeal to your personal culinary tastes. 

They generally thrive in soil that’s high in magnesium. Adding compost and Epsom salt to soil can help achieve the environment peppers desire. 

FYI: Red bell peppers have significantly more beta-carotene and vitamin C than green bell peppers.

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  • Melinda Neely  March 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I love Chinese pea pods and used to devour them when I was in Boston!! Where would you recommend buying seeds? I doubt I will find them in Boise, ID. I grew green peas last summer and found that the yield was too low for the effort (my yard is small!).

  • Growing tomatoes  May 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

    That’s a great list. I didn’t know that tomatoes help to prevent cancer and that Epsom salt can be used as nutriant for plant. Thanks for the information.

  • cygnusx1  July 28, 2010 at 3:12 am

    wow, I didn’t know that tomatoes can help preventing cancer!! thanks for sharing this very useful information.

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