Before you plan your vegetable garden, you will want to consider which plants thrive best in your local environment. In Maryland, there are several vegetables that grow well with our natural weather conditions. As always, it’s recommended to consider the space in your garden and which produce you are interested in growing and eating before you commit to planting. Fortunately, the following five vegetables that are good to grow in Maryland are well-liked and versatile crops.
Yes, tomatoes are technically a fruit; however, many people use tomatoes as a vegetable. These “veggies” are very popular because of their adaptability to average garden soil, disease resistance, and high nutritional value and versatility. When growing tomatoes, the bigger the fruit, the longer it takes to mature. If you don’t have much space, you should consider growing cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes can also grow well in containers, from 12-inch up to 3-gallon pots.
Peppers are one of the easier vegetables to grow and offer excellent nutritional content. Two or three plants are able to offer a typical family a hearty supply all season long. Peppers and tomatoes require more space per plant than other veggies, about 18 to 24 inches per plant or more for bigger varieties.
Lettuce or Spinach
Lettuce or spinach is great for planting in the ground or window boxes. The plant is cold-tolerant, so gardeners can sow seeds early in the spring. Lettuce grows rapidly and can generate a harvest in as little as 35 to 45 days. Since lettuce can tolerate frost, it may continue to produce through late November.
Beans are not only one of the easier crops to grow in Maryland, but they benefit your soil as well. Bean plants deposit nitrogen in the ground, which improves your soil. Beans are easy to grow and tolerant of Maryland’s soil conditions. These plants are also easy to sow directly into the garden after a hard frost has passed. Bean plants mature in about 60 days and can be planted every couple of weeks for a regular supply. However, it is best to stop planting about 60 days before the first frost.
Beets are an excellent hot and dry weather crop that is easy to grow. Plus, beets can supply your family with plenty of vitamin A, and the green tops make for delicious additions to summer salads. Whether you plant baby or large-sized beets, the trick to healthy growth is knowing whether the beets are early or late-season producing. Beets are easy to maintain as they don’t attract many insects or diseases, require little garden space, and are easy to store.
If you are cultivating a garden full of versatile and delicious vegetables, consider including the five plants above, which are ready to thrive in your Maryland garden.
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