It’s that time of year when seed catalogues are arriving and Seedy Saturdays are being planned.  Time to simplify and evaluate what veggies to grow in the garden this year.

 I want more positive results from the veggie container garden so from previous years I am starting with a list of what I’m not growing.

I’ve decided not to grow things that we don’t eat.

I’ve decided not to grow things that aren’t productive for me.

In the past I’ve been tempted to try lots of different things … okra, gourds, kale, squash, and many other plants.   But do we really eat them?  or do they produce enough to warranty giving them space.

Kale is one of those plants for me that has never produced enough.  And when it is ready to harvest I can buy much healthier and bigger looking plants from the farm veggie stand at the end of the road.  I’ve tried it, it grows, but just not enough to warranty giving it space.

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Zucchini is another plant I’m not going to grow this year.  It has been a poor producer the past couple of years.  I’m not sure if it was the hot, dry summer or the restrictions of the large container.  The plants would produce many blooms which after a day or so fell off before developing the zucchini.  Those that did form were small and certainly didn’t compare to the huge ones from the farm stand.

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Okra was fun to grow and I grew it just because! The seeds were given to me at Canada Blooms one year and I thought why not try it and see how well it grows in my Canadian zone 5b garden.  It grew really well but was one of those veggies that we just don’t use.

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I’m not going to buy a bag of onion sets from the feed store unless I can just get a dozen.  Perhaps I need to find a gardening partner or two and share with them.  The price is right, they grew not so bad,  but the quantity for me is way too much.

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Herb seeds are another thing I’m going to stay away from.  I will grow the ones I use but buy ready started plants.  For me the seeds just took too long to grow into a viable plant.

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So when I attend Seedy Saturdays I’m not going to be tempted to pick up some seeds that look interesting, or seeds that I know we won’t really eat, or seeds that don’t produce for me.  Our first Seedy Saturday is scheduled for February 18, 2017.  I wonder if I will have to have my hands tied behind my back so I’m not tempted.  But I do want to get seeds for what I want to grow.

I will be growing peas, beans of different varieties and tomatoes.  These are veggies that we eat lots of so they will be getting more growing space on the plant tables.

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Today we are under ice rain warning and lots of things have been cancelled so it’s the perfect day think gardening and sort through the seed basket and package up the ones I’m not going to use and have them all ready for the first Seedy Saturday in mid February.

Do you grow veggies that you don’t really eat or that don’t produce enough?

I’m sharing the five veggies I’m not growing with Five on Friday this week.

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  1. Hello Linda
    Oh yes, I grow things we don’t really eat but veggies I wanted to try. I’ll be taking a hard look at what I’ll be growing too but practically everything is from seed. My herbs don’t seem to take too long and I guess I seed them because it’s cheaper.
    I’ve never grown peas and gave up our favourite yellow beans to defer to the farmers market but I miss them. I think I’ll try them in a container, they always grew well in the ground for me.
    Your Seedy Saturday is early, ours is not until April 1 and one of the last ones to take place.
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    • The first Seedy Saturday seems really early this year and then we have another in March. I like my pot of herbs on the deck so I can snip away at them as needed. Last year I had a combo of ready started plants and seeds I had planted. I think it was such a hot year that the seeds didn’t do very well. I do all my beans and peas by seed. Even though the market has lots of beans/peas I still like to grow my own. The grandkids love to pick the veggie too. We had an ice rain storm yesterday, lasted for several hours. Enjoy your Florida trip, hope the weather is lovely while you are there.

  2. I have had trouble with tomato plants here, even up on the old wood picnic table, squirrels & chipmunks. I like having herbs that we like up on the deck, accessible when I want them so will get the plants. I’m sure I will try my cherry tomatoes one more time, I love picking them and popping them in my mouth, so sweet and tasty.

  3. fiona

    I haven’t grown any veg for a few years now but when I did, courgettes, runners and broad beans did well for me. I guess you have to adjust your planting to suit your climate.

  4. Karen crimson kettle

    It is easy to get carried away growing things you don’t really use just to see if they will grow. I suppose one or two experiments are ok. Isn’t it great to be thinking of planting again.

    • It sure is easy to get carried away at those seed stands in the stores. I’m loving that they are appearing, which is a good sign that spring is coming. I’m going to have to try hard to stick to my list this year 🙂

  5. I start the year with such good intentions, but I never seem to get anything worth having. For the last three years I’ve tried beans and peas, but some nasty creature waits until the plants are about a foot high, then saws them off at soil level. Tomatoes run riot but all seem to ripen at the same time, so I make lots of chutney. I wish I could grow okra. They make great curries!
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  6. Over the last couple of years we have decided to grow what we eat as the experiments have never grown well. Tomatoes, potatoes and courgettes seem the easiest to grow in our clay soil and in the greenhouse. This autumn/winter the brussels sprouts and leeks weren’t very good:)

  7. I usually somewhat let the kids decide what we’ll plant but we seldom have a lot of luck with our plants. Last year our tomatoes did good but took a long time and my husband had lots of luck with his hot pepper plants. I love zucchini but had results much like yours not even getting one until almost the very end of the season and it was sub-par at that. Everything else we tried was mostly a bust. I also get super tempted when all the gardening supplies come out though.
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  8. Sounds like you have a great plan. It’s s nice to enjoy fresh from the garden produce. I enjoy other people’s green thumb! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  9. I absolutely grow things we don’t eat and I hate it! Last year we grew courgettes (got one or 2… not worth the effort), purple sprouts (butterflies decimated them all, no crop), aubergine (complete experiment… they don’t grow well in containers. no crop) and tomatoes (without a greenhouse we are really stuffed with this but we got a fair few tasty mini ones).

    Things I will always grow again because they are worth it: potatoes and mixed salad leaf. The salad really shocked me last year but it was amazing being able to rustle up a salad straight from the plant and it would just keep growing!!

  10. We grow whatever will grow here even if they’re not great producer just because we enjoy watching them grow. Our most prolific grower though is the Bell Pepper and we use a lot of them. Lettuce and peas do well too.
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  11. I’m starting to think about my gardening too. Maybe it’s the increased sunshine (when we have some) because the sun is higher that the trees across the bay. Direct sunlight has gone from two hours a day to more than six. This year I am going to cut down on my potatoes in pots. Last year I had four large barrel halves plus half of my small bed up on the cliff. We’ve only eaten about a third of them and I only need enough left for my new seed potatoes. I’ll cut back to two smaller plastic tubs and use the whole plot up on the hill. The potatoes up there don’t get as large because water is more limited, but they still taste good. I’m also going to cut my onions back to one of my four raised beds on the float garden. I still have lots hanging in the storage room. Now all I have to do is decide what to use the extra space to grow. – Margy
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    • I haven’t decided on how many potatoes to grow. We don’t eat nearly as many as we used too. I grow mine in big bags and they do well. I don’t put them on the plant tables but sit the bags in empty spots in the other gardens, make good fillers.