Which Rock Star Plants Should You Grow to Maximize Your Garden Yield?


| 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM


Tags: backyard gardening, seed selection, high yield gardens, microclimate, Laura Flacks-Narrol,

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We all get so exited each winter when the seed catalogs start to arrive. I know not everyone grows from seeds and if you grow from starts you will be limited by what you can find locally. So, the thought of having 1000’s of types of seeds at your fingertips is quite the thrill. We value some catalogs over others but we sift through them all like we are brides planning our weddings. With each flip of a page, a new hope is born. This means there is…

• hope that we will get out of the cold winter,
• hope that our yards will turn green once again,
• hope that spring flowers are not that far away,
• hope that we will once again taste the food coming out of our own gardens.

Have you been looking for the right mix of plants to grown? With so many seeds to choose from it is hard to pick what makes the final cut and gets into your garden.  

For many years, I picked my plants considering all sorts of factors. One year I planted an international garden picking plants, with the help of my then 6-year-old son, as we went around the atlas from area of the world to area of the world. This was a lot of fun but frankly it did not produce a lot of food. These cool sounding plants, did not do well in our microclimate in Missouri. The plants missed their home soil, sun and biology. I learned a lot that year about the power of growing something locally adjusted. 




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