Thumbing through seed catalogs and walking the aisles at the local nurseries are two of my favorite late winter activities.  But I admit, with so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. Hopefully the following tips will help simplify the process.  

Prior to filling my shopping cart with vegetable plants and seed packages, I like to jot down a quick meal plan.  Nothing too complicated, just a list of the typical meals I enjoy. From there, figure out what you can grow that will contribute to those meals.  Personal example: Enchiladas are a staple in my home, so I always make sure to plant enchilada sauce essentials like; tomatillos, onions, cilantro, garlic and peppers.   We also enjoy smoothies and salads, so spinach, lettuce and other greens are included. Pesto and bruschetta are my personal favorites so I always make sure that basil and tomatoes are in abundant supply. Lastly, don’t plant what you’re not going to eat or don’t have space for.  I love watermelon & sweet corn, but they both take up too much real estate in my small space, so those seeds and transplants don’t make the cut.

Once a list is created its time to start shopping!

If you’d like help planning your veggie garden space, bring some measurement & photos by the USU Extension Master Gardener booth at the Spring Home & Garden Show.  We’re always happy to help!

Happy Gardening!

Candace Schaible
Iron County Horticulturist
USU Extension