Niki Jabbour's Raised Bed Gardens

8 Great Vegetables for Beginner Gardeners
 • from Seed to Harvest

June view of Niki Jabbour's raised-bed gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Photo courtesy of Niki Jabbour. All rights reserved.

Guidance from Johnny's & our four-season friend to the north, Niki Jabbour

ABOUT NIKI JABBOUR

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener (American Horticultural Society Book Award), Groundbreaking Food Gardens, and Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix (American Horticultural Society Book Award). Her latest book is Growing Under Cover (2020), in which she explores how simple garden covers can be used to grow more food and protect crops from bad weather, frost, and pests such as insects, deer, and rabbits.

Niki is a passionate, year-round vegetable gardener who grows food in over 20 raised beds in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She uses simple cold frames, deep mulching, and mini hoop tunnels to stretch her season into winter.

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to connect with the natural world, relax the mind while engaging the body, and gain self-sufficiency in the form of fresh, flavorful produce.

If gardening is new to you or seems complicated, here's some encouragement from Johnny's with Niki Jabbour, award-winning author and year-round gardener in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Niki has a gift for simplifying the path to success in gardening into easy-to-follow steps. Combine Niki's recommendations with Johnny's Key Growing Information for these 8 vegetables, and you're off to a solid start.

Follow along and give it a try — you may be surprised by how rewarding growing your own vegetables can be.

8 Great Vegetables to Get You Growing

1 • How to Grow Bush Beans • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Bush Beans Bush Beans • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Bush Beans • VIDEO

Here are some recommendations and guidance for growing 'Affirmed' and 'Cosmos' green bush bean varieties. Bush beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. 'Affirmed' and 'Cosmos' both have disease resistance and produce a delicious crop of green beans in about 56 days, from seed to harvest. Watch…

Easy Choice Bush Beans Easy Choice Bush Bean Varieties

2 • How to Grow Carrots • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Carrots Carrots • Key Growing Information

Pelleted Carrots • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Carrots • VIDEO

Niki Jabbour lends Johnny's home gardening community her expertise on how to grow 'Bolero' carrot, a crisp and delicious, easy-choice variety that's great for fresh eating or storage. Seed is available in both raw form and as pelleted seed, for easier sowing. Watch…

Easy Choice Carrots Easy Choice Carrot Varieties

3 • How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Tomatoes Tomatoes • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes • VIDEO

Learn how to grow 'Jasper' cherry tomato, an organic, award-winning Johnny's-Bred variety with high resistance to late blight. Summer is the sweetest season for the tomato lover, and with a variety like 'Jasper,' the plants produce a non-stop crop of cherry-sized, bright-red fruits until frost. Watch…

Easy Choice Tomatoes Easy Choice Tomato Varieties

4 • How to Grow Cucumbers • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Cucumbers Cucumbers • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Cucumbers • VIDEO

Niki lends our home gardening community her expertise on how to grow our Easy-Choice 'Corinto' slicing cucumber. This is a variety with remarkably vigorous, disease-resistant plants that produce fruits averaging 7–8 inches in length in approximately 48 days. Watch…

Easy Choice Cucumbers Easy Choice Cucumber Varieties

5 • How to Grow Lettuce • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Lettuce Lettuce • Key Growing Information

Pelleted Lettuce • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Lettuce • VIDEO

Get Niki's expertise on how to grow our exclusive 'Adriana' lettuce. This is a heat-tolerant, disease-resistant butterhead (Boston) type variety with dark green, flavorful leaves. 'Adriana' forms its full, dense, and deliciously buttery heads in about 48 days. Watch…

Easy Choice Lettuce Easy Choice Lettuce Varieties

6 • How to Grow Peas • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Peas Peas • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Peas • VIDEO

Learn how to grow 'Super Sugar Snap' pea, an earlier, somewhat shorter-vined version of the award-winning 'Sugar Snap' — with the important addition of resistance to powdery mildew. Watch…

Easy Choice Peas Easy Choice Pea Varieties

7 • How to Grow Peppers • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Peppers Peppers • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Peppers • VIDEO

Niki lends Johnny's home gardening community her expertise on how to grow 'Ace,' an extra early, very productive, Easy Choice bell peppers that's perfect for short-season gardens like hers, along with 'Jedi,' our most popular jalapeño pepper, and 'Red Ember,' an award-winning, Johnny's-Bred organic cayenne pepper. Watch…

Easy Choice Peppers Easy Choice Pepper Varieties

8 • How to Grow Summer Squash • from Seed to Harvest

Key Growing Information for Yellow Summer Squash Yellow Summer Squash • Key Growing Information

Specialty Summer Squash • Key Growing Information

Zucchini • Key Growing Information

How to Grow Summer Squash • VIDEO

Learn how to to grow summer squash, featuring 'Zephyr,' the vigorous, productive Johnny's-Bred variety with signature coloration and deliciously mild flavor. Watch…

Easy Choice Summer Squash Easy Choice Summer Squash Varieties