Consider these points about the vegetables you grow: Know what to plant Know when to plant Know when to harvest Be ready to replant
Without proper planning space may not be utilized efficiently. Sketch out the garden area, select the vegetables you want, figure out your planting dates and match these to the available space. Think about the shading effects of tall plants on small plants. Plant the asparagus or rhubarb in a location where it will not interfere with the rest of the garden. Why plant broccoli if no one eats it. Are you planting enough tomatoes to can or corn to freeze? Remember, some plants take up a lot of space but don’t yield a lot (e.g. corn). If space is at a premium, you may want to grow something else.
Think about growing vertical. Trellises, stakes, and fences are useful ways to grow more in a small area. Grow some plants in containers or among the flowers. Have you considered raised beds, broadcast seeding, square-foot gardening or hanging baskets to increase the amount of usable space?
Try succession planting, intercropping or companion planting to increase garden productivity. Plant small areas at set intervals to achieve a continuous supply of produce. Intercrop early maturing varieties with later maturing ones to increase space utilization. Grow crop which complement each other as companions.
If you are not satisfied with your variety selections, this bulletin can offer some alternatives. Test that new variety next to the one you presently grow. Consult other resources (seed catalogs, gardening books, and magazines) for more information on new varieties and growing techniques. Talk to your local county extension educator, a knowledgeable gardener or friend. These sources can advise you on what grows well in your area.
Many seed companies are happy to send out their home gardening catalogs upon request. Some companies (see #3,#7) specialize in vegetables adapted to our growing conditions. It is best to order seed from seed catalogs during the winter. This ensures that the company still has the seed and you will receive it in time to plant.
Seeds may also be purchased from garden centers, discount stores, super markets and nurseries. However, these outlets may not have all the varieties listed in this publication. Consult your garden center or nursery for specific information on variety availability. Often they have varieties that are suited to that growing area. If you want specific varieties, ask if they can get them. Most nurseries grow and sell varieties that people ask for.
The varieties listed are ones that do well in most areas of Utah. The number in parentheses (65) indicates the approximate days to maturity from seed or transplanting. Crops normally transplanted are also listed. The number under “SOURCES” refers to the seed companies listed at the end of the bulletin. Hybrids are indicated by an (H). All American Selections (AAS) are varieties that do well in all areas of the United States. Fruit, kernel, or tuber color is listed where appropriate. Use the Vegetable Planting Chart to help plan in-row and between-row spacing and common planting dates for Utah.
The exclusion of other varieties or seed companies from this list in no way indicates that they are undesirable.