10 Vegetables That Should Be in Every Garden (Lawn Care Tips)

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10 Vegetables That Should Be in Every Garden

Oh the visions this brings of a day long gone for me.  The memory is of approaching spring, and preparing seedlings in a plant bed to grow until warmer weather, where the young tender plants would be transplanted in our garden.   As a rule Daddy had saved seeds from the last year’s crop, and properly cleaned and dried them to use again.  If there were seeds he did not have, there was always the old mercantile store where the owner ordered seed and had them ready for the local farmers.

A gardener getting a plant bed ready is almost a thing of the past, as now we can run to a garden center across town and purchase the seedlings and fragile plants someone else has already prepared for us.  Our job is making the choice of which to put in our garden, and how many plants we want to have.

The vegetables we choose may be different than our neighbor’s choice; however I would venture to bet there are some of the same.

  1. Let’s start out with our favorite vegetable for any sandwich whether a hamburger or a BLT.  Neither tastes the same without the juicy red tomato.
  2. Herbs are much better picked fresh from your garden.  Like basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano or parsley, these can be grown on the window seal of your kitchen as well as the garden and harvested as you need them.
  3. Even a city garden with only a small plot, can grow lettuce. Lettuce is a must for any garden.
  4. Is there ever a garden without onions?  Surely not.  A fresh green onion on a salad sounds good now.  I may have to have a salad for my lunch.
  5. How about Okra.  Though Okra is not on the list of favorite foods, it is easy to grow and the fruit of your labor is wonderful and nutritious if you like this vegetable.
  6. Cabbage is easy to grow as well and a joy to watch it grow as its leaves keep coming together to make the head of Cabbage.  I can taste it now; slaw made from a fresh head of cabbage.  Uumm!
  7. Garlic is also a must for your garden.  Fresh garlic is unbeatable for flavoring soups, stews and stir-fry vegetables.  Don’t forget Garlic is also good for us.
  8. Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables we can have in the garden.  Known for its special cholesterol lowering benefits if steamed, it supplies Vitamin K, C, and A.  It is rich is fiber, and manganese as well as many other nutrients.   “ Kale’s nutrient richness stands out in three particular areas-(1) antioxidant nutrients, (2) anti-inflammatory nutrients, and (3) anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates.”  According to world healthiest foods web site.
  9. Green Beans is a vine vegetable, but also a bunch growing one.  Nothing like a pot of green beans from your own garden seasoned with a beef bouillon cube, or a strip of pork bacon.
  10. Peppers, both bell and hot peppers are also a must for the garden.

Now you have everything you need for a garden, except carrots.  It is according to your space for a garden.  The advantage of living in the suburbs, or country side, there is usually a large area where we can plant a garden.  Hopefully you who are reading this have such space, however for the city dweller, we are not left out.  Whoever said, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” knew what they were talking about.   I’ve grown tomatoes in a pot.  As long as there is sun to spare, a vegetable garden will thrive with a little care and effort.  The harvest of our labor is so rewarding, nothing can compare.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.