Develop a Seed Plan for Your Vegetable Garden, Part 1: Evaluate Your Needs and Existing Seeds


 winter garden

Winter garden

Photo by Sheryl Campbell

The weather is turning colder; winter crops continue to be harvested but the garden is mostly bedded down for the winter. It’s December, that magical month when seed catalogs arrive in the mailbox almost every day! It’s the season to dream of new tastes, new experiments in the garden, and vegetable adventures for next year.

All those catalogs can quickly result in long lists of new vegetables that I just have to try; new varieties that sound more enticing than what I’ve been growing. Seeds are fairly cheap one packet at a time but there are years my husband has felt that my seed addiction was breaking our bank.

What Does Your Family Like to Eat?

This sounds intuitive, but how many times have you planted something without thinking about how you’d cook it? I spent several years growing all kinds of odd summer greens. I did come up with my own recipe for New Zealand Spinach with Borage and Mushrooms, but that didn’t justify a whole patch of this summer “spinach”.

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