Seeds have started showing up on the shelves of garden centers lately, this is an exciting time! Deciding what vegetables to grow in the garden every year is fun, but with hundreds of different varieties to choose from, it can be overwhelming. How do you narrow it down and make it easier to pick what to grow? Here are a few things to consider when you’re pondering over all those seed catalogs and store displays this winter…
What will your family eat?
I know this sounds like common sense, but it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of growing all the cool varieties and forget about this. So start by choosing the vegetables you know your family likes to eat. Also, if you plan on preserving your harvests, choose varieties that are good for canning, freezing or pickling.
What grows well in your garden?
If you’ve grown food in your garden before, think back to what grew the best for you. You’re more likely to succeed again this year if you grow those same varieties, or something similar. If you grow only new varieties every year, your success could vary wildly from year to year, which can be frustrating. If a certain vegetable didn’t do well then try a different variety, or skip that vegetable all together.
How much room do you have?
One of the biggest challenges of choosing the right seeds to grow in your garden is to limit yourself to what you can reasonably grow. If you go crazy buying and sowing seeds, only to find you don’t have enough room for everything, it will be overwhelming in the spring trying to figure where to plant all those seedlings.
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Taking a little bit of time to think about which vegetables will give you the most success this year will take the stress out of choosing which seeds you’re going to buy. Once you’ve answered these questions, you can sit back, relax and make your list. Most importantly, have fun shopping for your seeds!
How do you choose which vegetable seeds to grow in your garden?