There are different types of vegetables. Some vegetables are perennials such as peppers, okra and asparagus.
There are biennial vegetables that live two years, like Swiss chard.
But, we grow most of our home garden vegetables as annuals. There are some exceptions such as asparagus and artichokes.
We will divide the vegetables into categories according to when and where they will grow. And why we grow the different types of vegetables.
There are above ground vegetables and root vegetables. The majority of our vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers, grow above ground.
Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes and beets have an expanded root. They may be grown in the summer and stored for the winter's food supply.
Root and above ground types of vegetables are rather self-explanatory, so we won't be listing them here.
This dozen or so vegetables are easy for the beginning gardener. The seeds and transplants of these popular vegetables are readily available.
You will find them in your local garden stores or on-line. These vegetables are productive and simple to grow.
These vegetables like to grow in cool weather. The warm temperatures of summer will cause them to bolt and go to seed.
They may be planted again in late summer or early fall for another harvest before the winter weather sets in.
Many of the cool season types of vegetables can endure frost. Frost even improves the flavor of Brussels sprouts and kale.
Summer vegetables love the warm weather. They are planted after all danger of spring frosts have gone by. Most of them would be damaged or killed by frost.
Many of these warm weather, summer vegetables will sit and sulk in cool weather. The seeds will not germinate and the plants will not grow until the weather warms up.
Most vegetables need full sun to grow and produce well. Six hours of sun is best, eight hours is better.
Many of us garden where buildings or trees block the sun. Our garden areas don't have the luxury of full sun. So it pays to know which vegetables are shade-tolerant.
Keto eating is popular today. It includes eating fruit and vegetables that a low in carbohydrates.
Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, zucchini and watercress are all keto friendly vegetables.
They will tell you whether the vegetables like to grow in the sun or shade.
They will suggest planting the vegetable in the ground or if they are suitable for containers.
They tell you how far apart to plant them. This gives you an idea how large the plants will be.
They also tell you how deep and how far apart to plant the seeds. They give suggestions on soil and watering requirements.
They all have their favorite varieties and they know what grows well in your area. They can give you seasonal hints on planting and harvest times for your area.