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Five Garden Questions To Ask Before You Plant

| 4/8/2019 9:50:00 AM

basket of veggies

So many garden options. Photo by Carole Coates

Is it possible to have too much garden space? Not for me. So I have to think about how to pare down my garden wish list. I’ve come up five questions to help me decide what to grow and what to bypass. 

How Productive Is It?

What gives me the most volume for the space it requires? Peas and green beans, especially grown vertically, are big on volume. They keep producing as long as I harvest frequently. Zucchini is a famous heavy producer. (I grate some of the excess and freeze it for fall bread-baking.) Potatoes get a yes on this measure, too. As do cut-and-come-again crops like kale, Swiss chard, salad greens.  

garden bean arch

Growing on a garden arch makes productive plants like beans so much easier to harvest. Photo by Carole Coates

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