Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
Eating fresh from the garden is always best. It’s optimum nutrition. How do you go about planting toward this end? Are there rules for creating recipes based on what’s ready in the garden? Not really. However, there are some planting tips that might help you toward your goal.
Plant a wide variety of produce
If you have limited space, this might not be an option. If not, broadening your garden horizons can insure that your menu is far from mundane. And even if you do have limited space, you can still have a decent variety. You may just have to cut down on the number of each type of plant.
Plant for staggered harvests
Rather than planting once, stagger your plantings. Certain garden favorites like lettuce and radishes will be harvest fresh all season. Plus, you’ll have plenty of other produce left for canning, drying and preserving in the fall.
Include a few crazies
Your family has their favorites for sure. Sometimes they shy away from different ideas. That’s OK. Make trying new things fun by going a little on the wild side. Try “walking” onions. Build bean pole tepees for the kids. They can munch on the harvest while they play. Anything that adds to the fun factor will better peak the interest of fussy eaters.
Don’t forget the herbs and edible flowers
Adding garden herbs and edible flowers can jazz up the dullest of recipes. Plus, some double as insect control. Did you know that basil planted near tomatoes gives them a unique flavor? Yes? How about beets next to radishes? Have you tried that? The radishes give the beets a bit of a hotness. Making new companion plants makes for some interesting seed harvest varieties too.
Routine is boring
Rather than planting the same things the same way in the same spot every year, let your planting techniques provide you with endless possibilities. Experimentation is one of the best things about gardening. Why miss out on planting for harvest based recipes when you can make it an adventure instead?