How I Choose What to Grow in My Vegetable Garden
It's veggie garden planning time! Here's how I choose what crops to grow in my vegetable garden. For years I was buying too many different seeds, trying plants that don't suit the local climate, and growing vegetables I don't even like to eat. Now I know how important it is to start with a plan (and stick to it!).
To get started planning your garden, download your free printable garden planner. It'll help you through all the steps of garden planning (even if you've never had a vegetable garden before). You're also very welcome to follow my Pinterest Board "Growing Organic Vegetables". That's where I share my favourite crops to grow and tips for growing the healthiest plants!
Step 1: What grows well in your area?
One of the first steps when deciding what to grow is figure out your local climate zone. If you don't know your growing zone, check my blog (link below) for a detailed article on finding your local growing zone. Once you know your zone, search online and make a list of veggies that grow well in your climate.
Step 2: What veggies does your household eat?
Make a second list, of the veggies your household eats. In my household, this includes the kale we put in our smoothies, the tomatoes I use for making salsa and pasta sauce, and the culinary herbs I love to cook with.
Once you have a general idea of what grows well in your area and what you generally eat, you can match up the two lists to choose what to grow in your garden. Create a new list of your favourites that both grow well in your area and you like to eat. Visualize what these crops might look like in your garden space.
Step 3: What characteristics should these veggies have?
For each veggie, think about what you're looking for. For instance, if your goal includes growing enough tomatoes to make 52 cans of tomato sauce, you’ll want to grow a prolific paste tomato that produces a ton of tomatoes which also taste amazing in sauce.
Step 4: Shop for Seeds (and complete your crop list)
Once you know what you're looking for, it's time to shop for seeds! You can find seeds at a local seed library, seed swap, or from seed companies. Check my blog for more details on each of these seed sources.
After you've found the right seeds for your garden, complete your crop list by adding detailed info for each type of seed. This table will help you organize these seeds into the proper order for seed starting.
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