VEGETABLE SEEDS-HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST
Food gardening is becoming increasingly popular in backyards and on balconies around the world. Unless you’re fresh to vegetable gardening or have years of experience, you’ll need a variety of seeds to get started. But, with countless vegetable kinds available, you’ll have to pick and select which ones to cultivate.
Some of your options will be driven by personal choice, but you will still have to make some major decisions. Begin by determining which vegetables you like to produce and ensuring that they are hardy in your area. Then, think about the varieties you’d like. Other considerations to examine are your planting space and whether you want organic seeds.
Considerations for Selecting Vegetable Seeds
Zones of hardiness
Hardiness zones can assist you to determine which vegetable seeds to plant. According to the average temperature and length of the growing season, each region of the world is designated a hardiness zone ranging from 1a to 13b. The majority of the United States falls halfway between zones 3 and 9. The greater the population, the longer the growing season, and the greater the diversity of crops that may be grown. Okra, for example, would be difficult to grow successfully in zone 3, whereas it is likely to thrive in zone 9. Find out which hardiness zone you live in and which crops will grow the best before picking what to grow.
You must now choose which vegetables to cultivate. If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve included a list of common vegetable types below.
Vegetables with roots:
The root veggies grow underground, while the plant’s leaves grow aboveground. Carrots, parsnips, and rutabaga are examples of root vegetables. Potatoes are tubers, but they are commonly classified as roots.
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are all examples of cruciferous vegetables.
Spinach, kale, chard, and lettuce are examples of leafy greens that are commonly used in salads but can also be cooked.
Shallots, Onions, leeks, and spring onions are all members of the allium family.
The legume family includes all types of peas and beans, such as mangetout (snap peas), and edamame beans, and green beans.
Some vegetables, such as celery and asparagus, have edible stems.
You were already aware that fruits are not at all vegetables, although a few fruits (such as eggplant, squash, and tomatoes) are widely consumed and considered as vegetables. So, while being classified as fruit botanically, they are more similar to vegetables in terms of meal preparation.