About this time every year we decide we’re going to plant a veggie garden. After lots of trial and error over the past few years we think we’ve finally got it nailed…here are all the goodies we’re planting this year! Wish us luck!
Best Plants For Your Veggie Garden
Growing your own food is a pretty amazing experience. Because we are novices (and impatient), we’ve realized that the quick growing/high yield veggies are better for us. It is more rewarding and leaves us feeling encouraged while other vegetables (like the time we tried to grown broccoli) doesn’t feel worth the time and effort. These are our go-tos for our veggie garden every year!
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables for gardening because of the high yield. We well cared for and often watered tomato plants can give you dozens of fresh tomatoes and continue to produce more throughout the growing season. With many amazing uses, you can easily get your value for your time and space when growing tomatoes. We eat these like candy right off the plant! Got extras? This tomato relish recipe from That’s What Che Said is one of our favorites! Better yet – if you’ve got green ones you MUST try this Chow Chow recipe from Country Chic Cottage!
Green beans are one of the fastest-growing vegetables and produce a high yield from each plant. Growing green beans will allow you to get a harvest from your garden fairly early. You can plant more every 10 to 14 days to encourage a continuous harvest throughout the entire growing season. Snapping fresh beans is one of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening!
Spinach is a great salad green to grow in your garden. These simple greens grow quickly and can be harvested continually as the garden season goes on. Simply harvest what you need for meals and allow it to continue to grow. Spinach can even be grown in shaded beds (which is perfect for our yard) making for a great option for gardeners looking to fill in shady areas.
Radishes make a very rewarding root vegetable for gardeners. These small root crops are quick to grow and can thrive in rows along the edge of garden beds taking up very little space and even making use of less used areas. If you haven’t had a fresh radish sprinkled in salt you are missing out on one of the best tastes of Summer!
Zucchini is a favorite for home gardeners because it grows well and even when neglected. If you saw our stories last Summer you’ll know how that this is the only way ours survived! A single plant can grow large amounts of zucchini making them a great option for growing in your home garden. To make more space you can take advantage of trellises and train the vines up off of the ground. Don’t love zucchini as a vegetable? How about as a donut? YEEESSSSS!!!!
Like tomatoes, peppers make a great high yield vegetable to grow in your garden. The varieties available means you can really dive in and choose something unique and fun. Jalapenos are our favorite – mostly so we can make bacon wrapped poppers. Ha! Peppers are often ripe at the same time as tomatoes making for a great homegrown Pico de Gallo or salsa.
For rhubarb fans, this can be the perfect addition to your garden. This hardy plant can go just about anywhere in your garden. It goes well in shaded areas and looks great next to hostas on traditional landscaping. This perennial will come back year after year and produce plenty of food without having to give it any attention. This makes a very rewarding vegetable for the lazy gardener (the Kingstons). I grew up spending Summers with my grandmother who grew rhubarb and have so many wonderful memories of homemade pies and jams!