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What vegetables should I grow this year?

Asked by Mat74UK (4646 points ) February 16th, 2011

I grew parsnips and courgettes last year, parsnips failed courgettes were a raging success.
What should I grow this year?
My family consists of the wife, myself and a baby about to enter the weaning stage I have a modest sized plot down the bottom of the garden with the only threat to veg/fruit being birds.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Tomatoes! Nothing but tomatoes :)

Cruiser's avatar

I love growing tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, snap peas, mixed lettuce and pole beans. Fresh basil and oregano among other spices and herbs area a must!

Starting my seeds on Saturday!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Tomatoes always make the list. Carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, and cukes are also good and don’t take a lot of space. Trellis the cukes.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Red peppers; they’re expensive at the store. Grow the ingredients for spahgetti sauce – onions, tomatoes, garlic, lots and lots of herbs.

Jude's avatar

I agree with everyone; tomatoes! Also, why not grow some herbs (legal kind)?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Definately herbs. How did I overlook herbs? And most of them can be moved into containers and kept over the winter so you get fresh herbs year round.

Cruiser's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I did the herb in a bucket thing for the first time this winter and fresh basil, rosemary and parsley all winter long!

john65pennington's avatar

Depends om where you live.

jaytkay's avatar

Hot peppers if you like them.

Basil, dill, cilantro, chives and parsley as well as the vegetables.

blueiiznh's avatar

I am not familiar with your growing season, soil content, temp zones or animal raiding risk.
Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, corn, squash are all fairly easy.
Don’t forget the Herbs. Basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, etc

gene116's avatar

Cannabis!

zenvelo's avatar

maize, broccoli, heirloom potatoes!

geeky_mama's avatar

For vegetables we do green beans, and potatoes grow well in our sandy soil. We also grow tomatoes. Can’t beat garden fresh, never refrigerated tomatoes. Yum.

I realize they aren’t a vegetable..but in our veggie patch we have strawberries. Since you have a little one I’ll bet berries would be a hit. They’re easy enough for kids to pick (low to the ground) and sweet..
Our kids love ‘em. They come back each year (if where you live is mild enough) and take over more area. It’s wonderful.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Fresh peas right off the vine are another good one. My dogs loved peas. They’d chew through the pods to get to them.

jaytkay's avatar

I am intrigued by vertical potato growing – “up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet”

Tater Towers!!

Potatoes: Nearly A Half-Bushel Per Foot

4 sq ft Potato Tower

Potato Towers: How To Make Vertical Garden Bed for Tubers

YoBob's avatar

It really depends on where you are located.

Where I am I generally plant onions just after what I hope to be the last frost. A month or so later I start with things like tomatoes and squash. By the time the tomatoes and squash have done their thing it’s really too hot around here to grow anything but black eyed peas and okra. I generally don’t bother with a late fall or winter garden, but folks I know have good success with winter squash, pumpkins, etc…

gailcalled's avatar

I grow some tomatoes in two enormous pots on my deck and add several basils plants around them. The location keeps the deer and rabbits away; and all I need is a mozarella fountain nearby to have my own caprese salad bar.

The rest I let my sister labor over; periodically I do her a huge favor and go over to pick beans, squash, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, potatoes, lettuce, sugar snaps, onions, dill, parsley and other stuff. It is a perfect arrangement.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I am growning salsa this year. Tomatoes, peppers and onions. If I get the landscaping done soon enough, I may plant some horseradish too.

Kardamom's avatar

Kale
Buttercup Squash or Butternut Squash
Orange or Purple Cauliflower
Basil
Chili Peppers
Beets
Radishes
Multi-colored carrots
Lemons
Start an avocado tree, but know that it will have to be grafted at some point several years down the line to get it to bear fruit

downtide's avatar

Leeks! They grow some monsters up there.

auntydeb's avatar

Hey, @Mat74UK I’m in the UK too. So, whichever part of the country, unpredictable weather. I’d say that if courgettes did well, the soil where they grew must be quite deep, fertile and moisture retentive. Alternating them this year with peas, then perhaps broad beans might be useful. Plant lots of garlic among the bigger things, too.

If your baby is weaning, then peas, beans and more courgettes, or perhaps runner beans (these would be a good thing to follow as they need lots of moisture) are all digestible and naturally nutritive foods. Carrots too. In fact any long root vegetable. Don’t be afraid to pack ‘em in, it is only a matter of chucking lots of well rotted muck at the soil.

Great fun to be had, we are on our second season in this garden and need to do the same – reconsider. Ooh, grow strawberries everywhere. When babe is bigger, picking them will be excellent fun!

nellybar's avatar

Beetroot is really easy to grow, and potatoes. Sweetcorn is pretty easy too, and yummy when ready! I once helped grow some veg at school (as a staff member), and planted sweetcorn and potatoes in spring and left them over the summer. When we got back there were loads of potatoes to harvest, and the corn was beginning to bear corn!

Kardamom's avatar

Ooops, my bad. Wasn’t paying too much attention to where you are. The avocados and the chili peppers probably won’t work (although chilis might work if you have a small green house). Course those hotties would be for you and your wife, not the baby. Although my baby nephew took to salsa very early.

But any of the squashes (butter cup, butternut, patty pan, pie pumpkins) would be good along with the beets and carrots.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Just about everybody in the North American continent, and probably in some other places, should grow some manifestation of the Three Sisters garden, being sure to plant something to attract pollinators nearby (I like sunflowers for this).

Bellatrix's avatar

Aubergine too. I LOVE aubergine. And yes tomatoes, lettuce (go for the perennial sort so you can keep picking them), some broccoli, cauliflower (hope you have more luck than me with those, something eats them in my garden), zuccini and cucumbers. Can you send some over to me when you grow them all… the possums eat everything I grow except cucumbers and rocket. They don’t like them.

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