When starting a garden, the options are many. Where to begin? Our experienced gardeners have pulled together the top fruits and veggies (in order of season) we’d suggest.
Very easy to grow , takes barely a month between sowing seeds and harvest. Seriously. Seeds can be sown every week (even through summer.) The three main types are: round, long and daikon.
Easter Egg are a mix of pastels, with a zesty crispness
French Breakfast have a somewhat milder spicy flavor
Salad Greens – Winter
There’s nothing tastier than a salad harvested from your own garden. Crispy romaine, soft butter, or fresh baby greens, all are delicious. Pick a favorite or plant all… your salad awaits.
Most popular varieties:
Sweetie Baby Romaine is a fast producer
Rocky Top Lettuce Mix is a great mix of flavors
Green Beans – Winter/Fall
Green beans are easy to grow, harvest and eat! Pole beans grow up walls and fences, perfect for small spaces. Bush beans are shorter, more compact, but provide aplenty.
Blue Lake for tender beans with good flavor
Rolande for a delicate flavor for special dishes
Swiss Chard – Winter
Loaded with vitamins A, K, & C, this is a “nearly-perfect” vegetable. The baby greens are tender enough for salads and its mature leaves can be sautéed or added to soups. It’s not bitter and ideal for “cut-and-come-again” gardening. In temperate climates, it can survive for years. BREAKING: Swiss Chard, upgraded to perfect!
Zukeeni suggests these:
Rainbow Bright Lights for a fun, colorful plant
Italian Silver Rib for large, flavorful leaves
Borage – Spring
Borage is a favorite. Its beautiful, edible flowers bloom all summer long. It attracts bees (pollinators) and its flavor is mild, think cucumber. Use in salads or as a garnish for cocktails.
Blue Borage is most common, but can also be found in white and pink, how civilized.
There are so many varieties of tomatoes, you’ll never taste them all. #bummer We’re sorry, but no matter what your climate, you’ll be able to find several that grow well. #silverlining
Sungold for the sweetest cherry tomatoes
Brandywine for a great slice tomato
Amish Paste for rich tomato sauce
Basil – Summer
Basil got big in the ‘90s. Everyone realized how great it tastes in Italian food. It’s an easy-growing herb and produces all summer long. Use in salads, soups, baked dishes, so many options.
Genovese for the best pesto dishes
Cinnamon for a spicy flavor in salads
Thai Sweet for Asian dishes
If you’ve ever tasted a homegrown strawberry, the store bought variety will be dead to you. They’re easy to grow, grow pretty much anywhere and once you taste one… trust us.
Chandlers are super sweet
Mingonettes are heat-tolerant
Yellow Wonder Wilds are unique and delicious
Peppers – Summer
The “spice of life”. Whether you prefer sweet peppers or those with a bite, they’re a must in your garden. They love the summer heat and make a difference in any salad or a kabob.
Sweet Banana for salads and grilling
Summer Squash – Three guesses
Summer squash grows fast and provides delicious fruit all summer. If picked young, it’s tender with a delicate flavor– perfect for grilling, sautéing and stuffing. Sliced thinly, it’s lovely in a salad. Plants can be grown up a trellis or fence, you tell it what to do.
Ronde de Nice for cute little globes
Summer Scallop Trio for UFOs and pattypans
Black Beauty for the classic zucchini