Our top picks for veggies and fruits to grow at home, from tomatoes to greens.

Kathleen N. Brenzel  – January 13, 2010 | Updated January 5, 2021

Growing fruits and vegetables in your own garden has never been easier, or more delicious. Produce from your very own yard is the very freshest food you can possibly have, and there is no satisfaction as great as harvesting your own homegrown fruits and vegetables, even if you need a little help getting things started. (Psst: we admit to planting vegetable starts instead of seeds on more than one occasion.) 

Growing food is also one small action we can all take toward eating closer to home—there’s nothing more local than your own garden! Here are our top picks for fruits and vegetables you can grow in your own garden to help you eat more healthfully (and more locally). 


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