Flavor Garden

This garden is designed for maximum flavor – taste you literally can’t buy.

Potatoes and peas
(Left to right) Potatoes, me, peas, garlic, squash)
  • Garlic – ranges from sweet to peppery to downright hot! If you want garlic scapes, too, be sure to buy “hardneck” varieties.
  • Tomatoes – there are hundreds or thousands of kinds of tomatoes to suit every palate. Every color, every shape, every firmness…knock yourself out!
  • Snap or snow peas – ok, so you’ve probably figured out that these are my favorite vegetable! They are so good when homegrown largely because you can pick the perfect peas each day and not be tempted to pick ones that are under- or over-ripe.
  • Potatoes – even homegrown russet or Yukon Gold potatoes taste better than their store-bought counterparts, but why stop there? Try fingerlings, purple potatoes, red potatoes for salad. It’s amazing to find potatoes that aren’t just a vehicle for butter.
  • Green beans – nothing compares to home-grown. Pick your color (green, yellow, or purple), size (slender haricort vert or full-size), and texture (with or without “fuzz” on the beans). You might not even know the full diversity of green bean flavors available – try a few and see what you like!
  • Dry beans – hard to grow in sufficient quantities, but they are beautiful, varied, and delicious. And, you can just save a handful for next year and never buy seed again.
  • Baby winter squash – if you think zucchini are flavorless and boring, try this: plant butternut squash, and start harvesting them when they are about the size of your hand, with tender green skins. They are less wet and more flavorful, but just as tender, as zucchini and summer squash. Be sure to let some mature all the way to become your winter squash!

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Published by Emily

I'm an instructional designer and gardener based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Free moments find me in my garden or the forest, hugging trees and all that jazz.

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