Choose the best vegetables for your garden

JACKSONVILLE – Garden and seed catalogs have been arriving for a while now. When flipping through the catalogs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have the space (or time) to grow everything you see, no matter how cool it is. So how should you choose which vegetables to plant this year?

What do I want to eat?

The first thing you should ask yourself is, am I (or my family) going to eat this? There’s a good chance you won’t be willing to take the time to care for a crop you don’t care about eating, especially on August days.

Instead, focus on growing crops that you (and/or your family) will eat. If you don’t like tomatoes, don’t feel like you need to grow them because everyone else in the neighborhood does.

What am I going to do with it?

The second thing to consider is what you will do with the vegetables you grow. The way you plan to eat and process vegetables can affect the type or variety you choose. For example, if you want to make tomato sauce, try growing tomatoes/tomato paste instead of slicing tomatoes. Roma tomato paste contains less liquid, so you don’t need to cook sauces for long.

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