Growing your own vegetables has got to be the ultimate way to enhance the flavor of any meal. There is nothing compared to the taste of a vegetable just picked and then brought into the kitchen and prepared as part of a meal. The flavors and texture of fresh picked can not be described it can only be experienced to get the true essence of fresh.
Many vegetables are so easy to grow that it is a shame more people don’t put out the effort for once you do then you will be hooked. With vegetable seeds costing so little you are almost guaranteed to save money over what you would spend go to the produce market. So not only will you have fresh produce you will save money as well.
What vegetables should you start off with in you first garden. I think that the answer to that lies in what do you like to eat and use the most. If you only use spinach once or twice a year it would probably be a safe bet that that should not be on your list. If you have a lot of salads then defiantly lettuce, endive, and Pak Choi to name a few most of the time you can get two plantings early spring to early summer and late summer to late fall. These crops are great as you can continue cutting leaves until they go to flower. You can also plant radishes in spring and fall they grow well in cool moist condition and are ready in just 25 to 28 days from germination.
You can rotate your planting areas as well when the salad greens and cucumbers are starting to fade replace them with cucumbers or bush beans. If you want to ad plants that will harvest all season broccoli is a great choice. After the first harvest additional smaller flower heads will grow throughout the summer and can be harvested. A Late summer planting can be made for fall harvest. Tomato and green pepper are two summer time favorites that will provide you with a great harvest in August. Also onions carrots ad other root crops can be grown and harvested at the end of the season.
Just be sensible and do not go to crazy the first year start small and plant what you eat the most this way not only will you enjoy the flavor and nutritional goodness you will enjoy the experience as well. After you first garden I am sure you will be chomping at the bit just like the rest of us gardeners for the next spring to get here quick.