The Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden – Choosing the Tastiest, Easy-to-Grow Plants

The Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden – Choosing the Tastiest, Easy-to-Grow Plants

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[Music] People often ask us which vegetables are
best to grow. The answer will depend on a number of
factors, but the following 3 step process will help you to make the right
choices for your own garden. First, produce a short list by selecting the vegetables that suit the conditions you have in each area of your garden. If you’re using our Garden Planner, check out the Filter button at the left
hand side of the selection bar. This enables you to ask the Garden Planner
to just show plants that match your requirements. For example, we can ask it to show us just plants that are easy to grow. This is perfect if you’re a new gardener, or can’t commit
much time to your garden. Or, we can select several criteria at
once, such as selecting herbs for a corner of
the garden which are shade tolerant and can be planted in May in your
location. You can also choose plants from a particular crop family, such as brassicas, that are often planted together so that you can place netting over them to prevent pests from eating the crop. Once you have your shortlist, the Information boxes can show you what
you need to do to prepare your soil and whether the plant has any special requirements, such as needing supports or protection from pests. Second, decide which crops will fit in
the area you have. If you have a small garden, space will be
at a premium and you probably want to grow high value
vegetables such as tomatoes and climbing beans which produce a lot on each plant and
would cost far more to buy at the grocery store. On the other hand, if your garden area is
large you may wish to concentrate on growing
plants that need little maintenance and are easy to store, such as potatoes or
squash. In each case, our Garden Planner will show you just how many plants can be placed in the area. Hover over a row or block of plants to
view the quantity, or drag the handles to adjust the
area for the size of harvest you want. Third, narrow down your selection to
vegetables that you’ll really appreciate – your favourites, that taste wonderful when
freshly grown. For example, once picked the sugars in sweet corn
start to turn to starches, so there’s nothing quite like the taste
of garden grown cobs picked just before eating. The same goes for fresh peas, which make a delicious healthy snack for kids. As home gardeners, we have access to many wonderful varieties that don’t suit the requirements of supermarkets, and growing more than one type each year is a great way to experiment and learn what’s best for you. By double-clicking any plant and then clicking the + button, you’ll be able to browse varieties, complete with their catalog descriptions to
help you choose. Choosing the best crops to grow takes time. You need to consider the
space you have, the soil and climate, your favorite vegetables, and whether you
want to concentrate on short-lived but tasty summer harvests
or long-lasting storage crops. Are you going to grow crops that save a
lot of money, or ones that don’t require much time? What about delicious new varieties that
you can’t buy in the shops? Having all the information you need at your fingertips makes it easier to plan the right crops
for your garden. By following these 3 steps when
browsing your favorite seed catalog you can quickly produce your shortlist
and plan for a bountiful harvest. [Music]

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