Another thing to consider when choosing which vegetable varieties to plant is: What are the limiting factors in your garden? For instance, I just built a garden that will have quite a bit of shade. It will get sun, but not all day sun. This will make some plants grow a little slower, so I have chosen varieties with short days to maturity, as well as varieties that like some shade, and varieties that like growing in the cool seasons.
There are a couple of sunny spots in the garden, and there is also a sunny greenhouse, so I can plant peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers, as well as some of the sun loving herbs.
Other limiting factors could be a shortage of water, soil, or time.
If water is an issue, choose varieties that are drought resistant.
If soil is an issue, choose varieties that grow well in your soil type, until you get your soil healthy and ready to grow other varieties.
If time is an issue, plant things that don’t need lots of attention - potatoes are a good choice, or long season things like squash, or peas and beans for drying.
I have been having lots of fun going through the seed catalogs looking for veggies, herbs, and flowers that will grow well in this new garden. As this is a new garden, I’m going to try lots of different things, to see which will do the best. Then I’ll know what to plant next year. Plus, I always plant lots of support species like flowers and herbs that will reseed.
Broccoli Raab (rapini)
New Zealand Spinach
Happy gardening everyone!