Which veggies to grow in 2020? Well, because food prices are on the rise during the pandemic, my advice is to plant only the crops that you and your family will actually eat. For instance, if you regularly purchase broccoli from the supermarket, then you should probably plant — and freeze for winter — lots of broccoli. My two small food gardens are planted for both fresh eating and storage:
Note. Please keep in mind that I live in a cold climate (New York’s Hudson River Valley, zone 5-b). We had snow in early May. Consequently most of the plants are just beginning their careers.
Veggies to Grow in 2020
The twelve beds in my small Kitchen Garden are planted thusly:
Bed #1: Potatoes. These are ready for hilling now. I planted ‘Red Pontiac,’ ‘Yukon Gold’ and ‘Kennebec.’ All these are good storage varieties. Not sure how to plant potatoes in a raised bed? Click here to watch my video howto.
Bed #2: Onions and Brussels Sprouts. Would you believe I’m still enjoying the red onions I planted last summer? They are terrific “keepers”! This year I planted more reds plus a yellow storage variety. No “sweet” onions for me, as they do not store well. Brussels sprouts are slower than molasses to grow, but that’s okay. Harvest time here is November through December. The sprouts turn extra sweet after they’ve endured a few frosts.
Bed #3: Broccoli and Lovage. Broccoli needs only 50 days to make its gorgeous green heads, which means a second crop can be planted after the first one matures. Here’s how to blanch and freeze broccoli. The lovage plant in the background has been providing us with salad greens since late March. Lovage — a sturdy perennial here — thrives even in frigid spring weather!
Bed #4: Asparagus. Not much to see here, as we’ve been cutting and eating the spears daily. Asparagus is a perennial crop — I planted it in the spring of 2015.
Bed #5: I have not planted it yet!
Bed #6: Tomatoes. I inserted 10 seedlings, one for each post of the wooden A-frame trellis. Some of the fruit will be frozen whole. Others will be enjoyed in this devastatingly delicious Classic Tomato Pie.
Bed #7: Garlic and more Brussels Sprouts. Hard-neck garlic is great for storage, so that is what I planted last fall. When the garlic scapes emerge in mid-July, I will turn them into this addicting Garlic Scape Pesto. Garlic scapes — and the associated pesto — freeze perfectly well. I managed to find room at the rear of the bed for more Brussels sprouts.
Bed #8: More Broccoli and More Storage Onions. Because we can’t enough of these crops.
Beds 9 and 10: Butternut Squash. This squash, like all winter squash, is great for long-term storage. The seedlings at the base of a cattle panel trellis. The trellis will permit the monstrous vines to grow up, not out. More details about cattle panels in this riveting post.
Beds 11 and 12: Pole Beans. These, too, are planted at the base of a cattle panel trellis. Unlike bush beans, the pole-types produce all summer long. And since I planted 18 seeds, there will be enough beans to blanch and freeze for winter.
Oh. There is another cattle panel trellis arched between beds 7 and 8. I inserted yet another butternut squash seedling there.
Oh, my. This post is longer than I intended it to be. So let’s save the Herb Garden for another time, okay? Frankly, I want to know what food crops YOU have planted — or are planning to plant– during the summer of 2020. Spill the beans in the comments field below!
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