We may have had storms this week, but in between those storms have been moments of beautiful spring weather. Today's sunshine made me want to get outside and get busy working on some of my outside projects. Tonight after supper I went outside and planned out my garden for this summer. It's a little late for me to get the cold weather vegetables in the ground but there is still plenty of time for summer crops and fall crops.
As I have been planning out my garden I have been doing some thinking about which vegetables are worth growing and which are worth purchasing. I only have a limited amount of space in my garden and want to make the most of it. After some research I have come up with a list of vegetables that I think will give me the best bang for my buck.
Green Peppers and Tomatoes - These are some of the most expensive vegetables to buy in the store, and just a few plants can produce large amounts of vegetables. They are also very easy to preserve for use throughout the year.
Beans - Beans are fast growing, and easy to preserve. They also don't take a lot of space if grown vertically.
Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Squash - Again these are big producers, and only a few plants are needed for a large yield. They are also easy to preserve and can be used in a multitude of different ways.
Now for a look at what I won't be planting.
Herbs - I buy these in bulk at the store making the price reasonable. Purchasing the plants can be expensive.
Lettuce - This is more of a personal choice for me because we do not use a lot of lettuce at our house, so it isn't high on my list. Another reason I am not growing it is because it is hard to preserve. If your family uses a large amount of lettuce you may want to consider planting it because it is inexpensive to grow.
Cabbage, Onions, and Carrots - These are inexpensive at the store so it makes more sense to use the garden space to grow other vegetables.
Potatoes - I have never had much luck with potatoes, I have found that the yield I get from them does not justify the cost of the seed potatoes or the space needed to grow them.
Corn - Corn takes up a lot of growing space, and the yield isn't always that high. Corn can also be found around our home at roadside stands fairly inexpensively.