Growing your own food will be fun and rewarding if you use this common gardening knowledge to choose the right plants:

Arugula prefers cool temperatures.

Avocado trees can be fussy in poorly drained soil.

Beets don’t like to be told what to do.

Broccoli plants, in general, aren’t big exercisers.

Cabbages are surprisingly open to criticism.

Cantaloupes find it difficult to trust people and are therefore secretive.

Carrots tend to be self-centered. Sorry, carrots, but it’s true.

Celery plants can be stubborn; try starting seedlings indoors.

Cilantro likes routine; you’ll never see cilantro jetting off somewhere last minute.

Corn is a class act through and through.

Cucumbers always seem to be on the lookout for a shortcut.

Fennel makes a big deal out of everything.

Some gardeners will find kale too glib.

Leeks don’t always make the best first impression; give them a second chance.

Lemon trees, especially those of the Meyer lemon variety, are always trying to rip you off.

Lettuce grows better in the shade.

Melons demand lots of water. Okay, melons, calm down.

Members of the mint family tend to take things for granted.

Onions do best in a raised bed.

Peas like to climb.

Nighttime is when pumpkins do their growing.

Raspberries are kind, gentle, selfless lovers of beauty.

If given the chance, rhubarb will probably cheat on you.

Scallions are idealistic.

Shallots have been “obsessed” with the Marx Brothers lately.

Spinach can be overconfident at times.

Strawberries are easily weakened by unfavorable growing conditions.

Swiss chard really knows how to turn on the charm.

Tomatillos like it hot.

The tomato is the star of the home garden—and it knows it, unfortunately.

Turnips tend to see themselves as underachievers.

Watercress collects vintage teapots.

Watermelons acts kinda weird and fake sometimes.

Zucchini has friends. Don’t get on its bad side.