3. Grow more of the vegetables you like
I’m an experimenter. I grow flowers in containers in the summer and fall, and my only plan has always been to hit the garden centers and pick what catches my eye. It usually works out just fine. But a raised bed vegetable garden seemed to need more of a plan. I created a grid to decide where to plant, but I still ended up with more plants that I needed. This was not a problem, though—you can overplant in an Eco Garden. So, I stuffed it full of goodies; the garden center had so many seeds and plants to choose from that I couldn’t help myself.
I liked having a big variety for my first year of vegetable gardening because I wanted to see what grew best, and what grew best together. While I haven’t yet finished my plans for this year, I think I will choose the vegetables that I like to eat, and grow more of each so I can get a plentiful harvest. Here’s a list of easy vegetables to grow in a raised bed garden; I will definitely be growing all of these. I also want to stick with peppers and tomatoes because they have been proven to grow really well in an Eco Garden. Check out the research. When my garden took off after the soil fix, both went crazy.
My daily life is full of cooking, and my family eats a wide variety of vegetables and herbs. The herbs did really well for me, so I will also be planting them again. My experimenting will stay in the kitchen this year, and I may even start some seeds indoors. It would be fun to try some unique varieties of tomatoes and beets—and grow some heirloom varieties.