How to Choose What Plants to Grow in Your Vegetable Garden This Spring
When spring rolls around, many people start to think about their gardens. But before you can start planting, you need to choose what plants to grow. Here are some tips on how to choose the best vegetables for your garden-consider your climate, soil type, the amount of space you have, and what kinds of vegetables you like to eat.
With so many vegetables to choose from, it’s hard for me not to get overwhelmed. I have been growing a garden for years and have finally found out the best varieties that work in our soil type and which ones my family likes most! I’m so excited to get the most out of our garden this year!
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Why should you choose what plants to grow before getting your spring garden underway?
Choosing the right plants is important for two reasons: first, because it helps you to get the most out of your garden, and second because it ensures that your plants will thrive in your climate.
When you choose plants that are suited to your climate, you help to ensure that they will grow well and produce a good yield. Additionally, by choosing vegetables that you like to eat, you ensure that you will actually enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Check out this fantastic example of how my sister “Tales From A Mom In The Middle” chooses what to grow for her family each and every year in her post – What To Grow, What To Grow? – How To Plan Your Garden.
If you are absolutely new to gardening and are looking for some fantastic ideas, check out this seed buying site filled with every kind of vegetable seed with the bonus of their various grow guides!
5 things to consider before you choose what plants to grow
When choosing what plants to grow in your spring vegetable garden, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are five key factors to consider:
1. Your Climate
Consider your climate when choosing plants-some plants will do better in colder climates, while others do better in warmer climates. You can find out which plants are grown in your area by checking with other gardeners, joining some amazing local Facebook gardening groups, or doing a quick Google search.
Did You Know?
You can find out what growing zone you are located in and what veggies do best on the Farmers Almanac website!
This was an easy one for me! Here in New Brunswick, Canada we have a colder climate with a fairly short growing season. We know anything that requires a longer growing season or is a tropical fruit will not produce or grow very well. But, cold-loving plants like spinach, lettuce greens, and Kale do very well here. Just check the zone map here to find out yours.
2. Your Soil Type
Your soil type is important when choosing what to plant because different plants require different types of soil. For example, vegetables that grow in sandy soil might not do well in clay soil. By choosing plants that are suited to your soil type, you help to ensure that they will grow well and produce a good yield.
When we first started our in-ground garden (about 5 years ago), nothing we planted seemed to do really well in it. This soil was extremely rocky and sandy. Now that we have been tilling, picking the big rocks, and raking rocks that find their way to the surface several times throughout the season it is getting a whole lot better. Yay us!!
This year we plan to improve it even more by adding a pile of chicken manure we saved from two summers ago. This will be spread before tilling this spring.
3. Your Amount of Planting Space
When choosing what plants to grow in your spring vegetable garden, it is important to think about how much space you have to plant them. Some plants take up more space than others, so it is important to choose wisely.
If you have a small garden, you might want to choose plants that take up less space, like greens or tomatoes. Larger plants, like squash or cucumbers, might be better suited for gardens with more space.
4. Pricing and Availability
It’s important to think about the pricing and availability of vegetables when choosing what to plant in your spring garden. Some vegetables are more expensive than others, and some are not always readily available.
By choosing vegetables that are expensive and/or not easy to find, you can ensure that you will be able to get the most out of your garden. For example, things like tomatoes and beans are more expensive to pick up at the local farmer’s market than vegetables like squash or potatoes. On the other hand, some squash varieties like Acorn are hard to find.
5. What You Enjoy Eating
When choosing what plants to grow in your spring vegetable garden, it is important to think about what you enjoy eating. After all, you will be the one eating the fruits of your labor!
By choosing vegetables that you enjoy eating, you ensure that you will actually enjoy the harvest. Additionally, by growing your own vegetables, you can save money on groceries.
So, before you choose what plants to grow in your garden this spring, make sure to think about what you like to eat. You might be surprised at just how many different vegetables there are to choose from!
Frequently Asked Questions
The last thing you need to know before you choose what plants to grow in your garden this spring
Planting your own garden is a great way to get fresh, organic produce right from the source. I hope that these tips have helped you decide what seeds or plants will grow in your yard this year and please share with us all about it by commenting below!