Purdue Master Gardener Vegetable Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia provides basic information on all commonly grown vegetables. It was designed to help Purdue Master Gardeners answer question on vegetables and vegetable gardening. – Use it as an encyclopedia, looking up information on specific vegetables rather than reading it through as a book.


The information in this Encyclopedia was compiled from Cooperative Extension Service publications by Mary Welch-Keesey, Consumer Horticulture Specialist with the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University. Additional references consulted include Smart Gardener’s Guide to Growing Vegetables by Bob Gough, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, and Rodale’s Successful Organic Gardening – Vegetables by Patricia Michalak and Cass Peterson.

The Encyclopedia was reviewed by Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educators from Purdue University. A special thanks to Amanda Bailey, Amy Thompson, Larry Caplan, Bill Horan, Roy Ballard, Dave Addison, Curt Campbell, Jim Luzar, Steve Mayer, and Scott Monroe.