Gardeners have such difficult choices to make these days, as there literally are hundreds of varieties of vegetables available to grow. We have tried to take some of the guesswork out of growing a garden by choosing some of our favorites for you to try. Of course, all the seeds we offer at Anderson’s Seed and Garden we have grown and know that they will do well in our climate and soils of Cache Valley. However, we still have those few varieties that our garden just wouldn’t be the same without.
For early crops, that can be planted as soon as your soil is dry enough to work, don’t hesitate to try Cascadia Snap peas, Correnta Spinach, Dulce Grande Onion, Esmerelda and Plato Lettuce, Packman Broccoli, and Columbia cabbage. These can all handle whatever cold and snowy weather that Mother Nature might throw at us in the next few weeks. Don’t forget about radishes, turnips, and cauliflower, as they like the cool weather of spring as well.
Generally around the first to middle part of April, the soil has warmed enough for planting the semi-hardy crops like carrots, beets, chard, and potatoes. Sweetness and Tendersweet carrots both live up to their names by consistently yielding up the sweetest and most tender carrots you have ever grown (and they’re coreless too!). For some added color and interest, Bright Lights Chard keeps producing multi-colored delicious leaves all summer long. And what garden is complete without a few tasty early potatoes: Norland reds and Yukon Gold are hard to beat for great flavor and smooth textures.
When it gets warm enough to plant all the tender crops (usually around the middle of May), you must be selective in what to plant, or you can quickly get overwhelmed with all of the choices. Jade Bush beans, Optimum and Ambrosia bi-color corn, Best Boy and Sweet Baby Girl tomato, Orient Express cucumber, and Roadside canteloupe are all great choices. Our garden just wouldn’t be the same without these varieties.
Whether you are a first time gardener, an experienced gardener, or just a gardener that likes trying new things, when it comes to seeds, we have a little bit of everything. We encourage you to try something new and keep growing those favorites you have grown for years. For complete descriptions and photos of all these varieties and more, click here!