Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money. Having just a few of your own vegetables can help offset the relatively high cost of buying them from the grocer or supermarket.

Planting vegetables also gives you the pleasure of enjoying a delicious, fresh produce from the garden. In nearly every case, the flavour and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed the best grocery store produce.

Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It’s a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the garden.

Learning what to plant in a garden with vegetables, and how to tend them for the best harvest, is probably easier than you think — it just requires time, good advice and common sense.

Planting a garden that includes vegetables and flowers means you’ve combined natural companions, and that can turn a potential eyesore into an attractive landscape feature.

At first, when deciding what to plant in a garden with vegetables, it’s best to start small. Many gardeners get a little too excited at the beginning and plant more than they need — and end up wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden.

So, first take a look at how much your family will eat when planning a vegetable garden.

Keep in mind that vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing throughout the season — so you may not need many plants to serve your needs.

Other vegetables, such as carrots and radish, produce only once. You may need to plant more of these.

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