How to Select the Right Vegetables for Your Garden

Whether you're a master gardener or a newbie, there's no question that a vegetable garden requires a good amount of time and preparation. And even though it's important to know how to design your garden layout and prepare your garden soil, it's also essential to know how to properly select the best vegetables to grow in your garden.

Take a look at these tips to help you choose the best vegetables to grow in your garden so you can enjoy them all season long.

  • Identify Your Zone: Before you plant any seeds in your garden, it's best to reference the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map. By identifying which zone you live in, you can determine which specific vegetables will thrive best in your given environment.
  • Learn about Specific Plant Needs: After selecting vegetables for your garden, it's important to understand how to properly care for each vegetable. Some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, require full sunlight; whereas others only require partial sun like spinach and lettuce. You should also consider water and space needs of the vegetables you want to plant. This will help you determine the best location to plant your vegetables within your garden.
  • Establish a Timeline: Plant around the two main growing seasons: cool and warm. The cool season happens around spring and then in fall. Some cool-season vegetables are beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, radishes and spinach. During the warm season, which is through summer, you should plant beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes. No matter the season, planning a vegetable garden ahead of time is important to ensure your vegetables are planted during their appropriate growing season.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®, May/June 2014