What Garden Vegetables Are You Planting This Year?


Participate in our poll which asks “What garden vegetables are you planting this year?”

Then come back and visit to see the list of which vegetables are the most common or popular in the garden after more people have participated in the poll…

If your vegetable isn’t on the list, let us know what it is by leaving a comment. And/or simply comment on how your vegetable garden is doing this year…

UPDATE: Poll results are in for the most popular garden vegetables:


The most popular garden vegetables

Based on our poll results with 226 participants and 2620 total votes, the following list of garden vegetables are sorted in order of popularity.


As expected, tomatoes are the number one most popular garden vegetable. There’s nothing better than the taste of a freshly picked home-grown tomato!

Here’s the list:

1. Tomato
2. Peppers
3. Cucumber
4. Beans
5. Zucchini
6. Onion
7. Lettuce
8. Potatoes
9. Carrots
10. Peas
11. Corn
12. Garlic
13. Radish
14. Spinach
15. Broccoli
16. Butternut squash
17. Beets
18. Watermelon
19. Cantaloupe
20. Okra
21. Eggplant
22. Kale
23. Asparagus
24. Swiss chard
25. Pumpkin
26. Turnip
27. Rhubarb
28. Acorn squash
29. Brussels sprouts
30. Yam or Sweet potato
31. Cauliflower
32. Collard greens
33. Amaranth
34. Watercress


  1. Crook Neck Squash (yellow summer squash)

    1. In addition to the “vote”

      Garden is starting to take off like a rocket, now that it stopped snowing. Got 1.5″ last Saturday, was a little hard on the squash :-(


    2. I agree with the crooknecks,spices and herbs. Also Mint,strawberries,blackberries and a couple of apple trees.

  2. Washed out twice this year. Left with onions, a few peppers , egg plant and a of spattering beats.

    Hopefully, the fall garden will fare better.

  3. Also eight types of herbs in pots. Only the Cilantro has sprouted. Herbs seem to be slow here. I’m also trying two Crook Necks in containers. Thinned to one plant per 14″ pot. Everything but the peppers and corn have sprouted. Still early for both. Two more clumps of corn to go in.

    Being really careful on weeding right now. I weeded most of my carrots one year. Oops.

    1. LOL on the weeding. I have done that myself. I now wait about 3-4 weeks till I can identify for sure if they are weeds,things I planted or volunteers from a previous year. I currently have 4 Bush bean plants growing with my peppers and onions. How the seeds got there I have no idea but I let them go.

  4. This list is rather conventional.
    For the future of farming, and for the sake of gardening when things get rough; I think your “unconventional” crops will be the ones to shine.

    There are rare or just not often grown crops out there that can produce more and with a fraction of the care(or no care! at all) needed for most of the crops on this list.

    I think it’s a must to look into some of these crops, or find new ones for your area. When the shtf there will be plenty of people who would eat your tomatoes, but would they know to eat your chaya trees? Tindora? Apple cactus? Kings spear?

    1. For the most part I would agree with you Alt, on the people will be raiding your garden till the sun don’t shine. Also when the SHTF most people like myself probably wont be putting a garden for a year or so, living on stored food. No reason to IMHO, there will be thousands of people looking for anything green to steal, or even kill over. And to be honest, if the SHTF I would be caring less about the garden at that time until it settles down to a small roar and it would cost a thousand rounds of 223 to protect the garden spot.
      I believe the “current” garden will serve more of “stocking up” the home “store”. 500 jars of home grown veggies and canned meat sure would do a lot for lasting a couple of years.

      1. Don’t you just love the comments about fences around gardens to protect it??

        yeah. They won’t sell wire cutters when TSHTF!!!

    2. I grow kale for market, harvest same plants for 10-14 months, very little care to keep them going, biggest thing is to keep the plants picked and mildew (black spot) off, Yacon (Peruvian ground apple) is another, huge tubers and you can just keep replanting the plant base, divide it up, grows another huge cluster of tubers,,,

      1. I LOVE kale chips. I HATE paying for them.

        This will be my first year for kale.
        I am in zone 6a.

        I have three nice plants outside. I babied them inside for 50 days. The seeds were 3+ years old.

        The spinach seeds from same year are not doing so well.

        Thanks for the harvest tip.

  5. I’m pulling small onions today to serve with my white beans and cornbread.

  6. Strawberries, fava beans to the list. Just finishing the extra water barrels from the last storms (If you can call them that here in CA.)I added 1700 gallons of rain water storage. Going great. Trying many new varieties of veggies this year. Maybe that could be a topic for a post latter in the year. Also been using the reclaimed water here due to the drought. My apple, pear, persimmon & Loquat trees seem to be doing better than previously, possibly because of the water.

  7. I can’t seem to grow a plant to save my life (& hopefully it never comes to that!). Even my succulent is dying. God did not give me a green thumb though He did give me a desire to do so. Anything that did survive for more than a week got attacked by some critter or another. I thought I had carrots but then discovered a bunch of snails making baby snails & a ton of holes in the carrots. *sigh* Plus the fact that I’m in CA with new drought water restrictions means I’m growing nothing this year. I’m in an apartment so I can only container so much & have neighbors see what I am or am not water each night. Maybe this can be my biblical 7th year of land rest???

    although… when my lettuce plant died last year it sprouted flowers & shot seeds everywhere. Now there is a plant doing better than I ever did on the public property next door. No one has paid it any mind so far! Maybe it’s best if I just let God raise the plant for me…

  8. I have lambs quarters to plant. I put it in stews and soups and eat it like spinach. It grows in poor soil, but the more it is fertilized the greener and bigger it gets. It is the best nutritious greens around, a great source of Niacin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and dietary fiber, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

    1. Lamb’s Quarter is a wild green here, and comes up everywhere on my property. We use it for a lot of things, stir-fry, boiled, fried, fresh in salads, fresh animal feed, and hay. The animals particularly love it as hay, and it’s easy to dry for that, I just make piles of the cut branches and turn them over every few days until it’s dry, then pile it up under shelter for later use.

  9. Green beans, peas, yellow squash, 3 kinds of peppers, carrots, radishes, lettuce, scallions, basil, and I plan to buy a few tomato plants. I was able to buy a few heirloom seeds, but my squash, peppers, basil, and radishes are hybrid.

    My sunflowers didn’t work out last year, so I am NOT planting them again. I am hiring someone to put up a fence to keep the squirrels out of my tomatoes. Last year the squirrels got most of my tomatoes.

    1. The squirrels took out our tomatoes also…I could not figure it out at first, then one day we actually saw a squirrel in the tomato cage “harvesting”. They carried off the ripe and the unripe. We have never had this problem before and have grown tomatoes here for 30 years. We have talked to other gardeners nearby who also have these evolving squirrels. We are finding it very difficult to fence out squirrels. Hope you have better luck!

      1. amazing, and serious problem for your harvest. never seen this, and we have squirrels. am not excited to hear they may soon be getting this smart.

        wonder, is it because there are so many squirrels in your neighborhood? shortage of usual squirrel food? I could see if there was food shortage, they might eat almost anything. (time to thin the herd?)

    2. My squirrels will eat anything I plant–even if it’s something they’d never look twice at when full-grown, they will pull it up when it’s just shoots. Last year I container gardened on my deck and put chicken wire all around, with the top of the chicken wire sticking up so it could poke them. That worked pretty well, but it didn’t look too pretty.

    3. When you first start planting the tomato plants, hang a red Christmas ball on the stems. when squirrels come to eat it, it will turn them away.
      usually that keeps them away all season. also spray neem on your veggies.
      organic weed spray, will not hurt your plants

  10. all my garden is heirloom this year. it should not only taste better than the hybrid from last year, but i hope to be able to save seed.

    planted flint indian corn to grind my own corn meal.

    sprouted some spring wheat and may try a patch of that after i get the rest of the garden in.

    my strawberries are not only bearing, but sending out shoots which i’m potting.

    three of my new blueberry plants are FINALLY bearing this year.

    me and my poor scissor beak chick find that life is good in my backyard.

  11. I’m doing tomatoes, potatoes and strawberries! First time ever with a garden. Well, mostly container gardening. Baby steps! :)

  12. We have( 2 )10×12 greenhouses because of our 4,000′ altitude and northern climate. I can grow some things such as Swiss chard , root vegetables year around. This year we planted a lot of potatoes, squash, turnips, parsnips, and winter squash in our outdoor gardens. They are good staples and long keepers. I am dehydrating most of my garden produce as I have run out of freezer, shelf space, and jars.

  13. Off topic but the wife and I were at a Casino in Biloxi , Ms . On My 12th , overheard a conversation between two Air Force soldiers about how military Special Forces troops were going to be using a closed down Casino , along with other areas in The surrounding Harrison county for exercises this summer , what is going on isn’t the Southwest big enough or is something else afoot ? If someone knows let us know , please . Be prepared and ready . Keep your powder dry .

  14. Planting? Here in central Texas already harvesting zucchini, cucumber, onion, garlic, strawberries, tomato’s and herbs. Plant Malabar in warm climate for all the spinach-like leafy vegetable you can stand during the summer. It comes back like a weed everywhere and in every pot and is very nutritious.

  15. The garden is coming in nicely this year. We added a couple more raised beds over the winter and enriched the soil in the early spring. Don’t forget to compost.

    Tomatoes, squash, corn, peppers of 4 variety, peas, beans, cucumbers, beets, and various herbs are coming back.

    If the squirrels get curious my .410 will gladly invite them to the skinning table. I’ll then pick some veggies and have a nice dinner.

    God Save This Great Republic!

  16. Well I HATE May in the four corners… HAHAHA
    The garden was looking so nice, have a lot of root crops up 3-5 inches, Snow-Peas were up about 8″ and had all the rest of my “starts” outside hardening off (including the tomatoes). or at least until the thunderstorm hit, bringing an inch of hail with it :-( So today I get to repair the damage and do some replanting. Bummer. So much for getting a great start on the weather this year HAHAHAHA. I should know better

  17. I have about an 800 sq ft garden. Grow tomatoes (heirlooms, hybrids & cherries), irish & sweet potatoes, green beans, yellow squash & zucchini, various sweet & various hot peppers, cucumbers, onions & beets. My wife usually cans around 20 qts of green beans and uses the hot peppers throughout the year to throw into whatever she’s cooking. We also have a smaller herb garden with 15 or so herbs she cooks with. Love it, but hope I never have to survive on it.

  18. We here in Ky. will have one ugly frost end of May, always. I have a tarp ready for my two raised beds with bell pepper plants, tomato plants, cucumber plants, onions (ready to eat with white beans), two squash plants.
    I love my concrete block raised bed–when I want to expand, just open the end and add blocks.

  19. We just did tomatoes, onions, and squash. We have already eaten some. Can’t go wrong with fried squash. Our fall garden will be larger. We are having a rabbit problem again.

  20. okay, here is something (this fall) for all you gardeners to try.

    My Dad lived in an area which got a lot of snow, cold in the winter, so it was not one of your “warmer”/mild areas.

    One year in the fall, he worked up his garden, and planted his seed, keeping track of all. He did (from what I can recall), lettuce, radish, carrots, beets, turnips, and not sure what else. But pretty sure of those.

    All laughed at him, but, golly gee, come spring (and after feet of snow), it all came up and grew well.

    Myself, several yrs ago I planted heritage Butter lettuce and green onions, and chives. Every yr. I leave a bunch to re-seed, and they do so, very well. Each spring I have a lovely crop of lettuce and green onions and chives. Also, few yrs. back I had some garlic from the grocery store which got left too long in the fridge. I tossed it in the garden box, and it came up. It too re-seeds itself every yr. As well, last yr. I left the garlic go to seed (seeds up at the top of the green stems), took them off, and planted them in (what is now) my garlic box. I see they are coming up nicely.

    Make it a bit easier on yourselves. Find out (by trial and error?) what will re-seed for you and it is a nice surprise each spring)>

  21. My wife started things early this year inside with a light table given to us by her parents. We are doing raised beds this year since last year our in ground garden did not get enough sunlight. We are in KY, so the weather here is sometimes unpredictable. Anyway, we are growing Corn, Cabbage, Collards & Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Onions, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, Asparagus, Zucchini, Squash, Garlic, Time, Basil, Catnip, Bush & Pole Beans, Okra, Kale, a variety of lettuce, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes and thinking about adding some red & purple tater since they done ok last year. We have been growing for the past couple of years and love it. There is nothing better than fresh veggies that you know what where they came from. Second year trying corn, last year a storm got it so really hoping that it turns out ok this year.

  22. This year I am letting my dirt lay fallow as the requirement for Jubilee.

    However, I am adding mulch and fish guts.

    I am planning for next years garden. very important year

  23. Our favorite long keeping squash we grow in our 170’x100′ garden is the buttercup.. kind of turbine around the top.Ate last two for Easter with our ham. Also we love parsnips (grow just like carrots) and rutabegas along with our carrots in our stews and roasted. We still have probably 1/4 bushel left in root cellar that are 100% still.

    Best investment we did in our wooded location is a 7 wire electric fence powered with a Zereba 12volt unit and a deep cycle battery.just keep the weeds off it and it Keeps almost all 4 legged creatures out even most raccoons during prime sweetcorn ripeness. Love hearing them scream as they get zapped in the wee a.m. raids.Zeriba Power is high enough to have even killed a chipmunk last year.

  24. Any prepper should have soybeans and sweet potatoes in the ground. Soybeans have complete protein and store well dried. Sweet potatoes are complete nutritionally, require little tending while growing, you can eat some of the greens during the summer, and if cured will last a year in storage (keep the best few for “seed” the next spring). Both together don’t get much better for survival.

  25. This yr I planted 1 squash plant-got 4 small squash & 1 big one.
    plant 3 pickling cucumber plants they produced 6 cucumbers.
    2 rows of okra–they are still producing.

    4 tomato plants, 2 reg size & 2 sweet 100’s
    green beens, have started to show buds,
    best thing are the sweet 100’s
    rosemary doing great along with the mint & sage.
    actually sage has been constantly growing since 2 yrs ago.
    wasn’t planning on having a fall garden due to planning on moving this fall.
    if I have a fall garden it will be collards. kale, peppers, maybe tomato’s
    spinach .
    I tried potatoes last 2 yrs & didn’t have enough soil to cover them up.

  26. best thing I have ever planted were the sweet 100’s & okra.
    love my salads.
    give salad tomatos o neighbor & my sister.
    sage, wow & the mint- unbelievable

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