Choosing the most prolific and low maintenance crops is the first thing to do in planning your garden. Start with cool season veggies, like lettuce, peas, broccoli, cauliflower. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts are nice, but if you don't have much room they take up space for an extended period of time and you only get one head per plant. Lettuce, spinach, peas and beets would be a better choice. These plants keep on producing after you harvest and especially Lettuce and spinach can be densely planted, which will crowd out weeds. Beets can be closely planted and when you thin them out the young leaves are good in salad mixes. These vegetables can be direct seeded into you garden by mid-March. Local stores like Walmart and Meijer will have their seeds for sale in January. For the best choice of varieties I buy most of my seeds from seed companies online catalogs. Pinetree Garden Seeds have affordable seed packets, their website is superseeds.com. Next time we will cover warm season crops and whether you should start your plants from seed or buy seedlings at the store.
January 1, 2014