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As we often say, the time to prepare for the future is now. You should be planning ahead for at least the next few months — February is just a week away, and spring will be here before you know it. So, it's a great time to consider starting a home garden during the warmer months.

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Home gardening provides a valuable and tasty source of fresh vegetables and fruits, allowing you to save on groceries and supplement your diet during emergencies. When was the last time you could literally enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labor? With a small planter or a few pots in your backyard, you can.

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The following infographic from Gardening Services London shows 12 common vegetables and the optimal sowing season, harvesting season, sunlight and water conditions, and potential pests to watch out for with each. Click here to download a full-size version of this graphic. A few notes before you read on:

  • Yes, tomatoes are technically a fruit. Don't be that guy.
  • Also, while this guide was made for residents of the UK, its information holds true for most of the northern hemisphere with slight variations in season. For more specific info on growing each vegetable, check
  • Given the above, aubergine may sound strange — that's what the Brits call eggplant.

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