Top Year-Round Crops for the Northwest

Top Year-Round Crops for the Northwest

Mother Earth News had a great article in the April/May issue. It lists year-round top crop performers for the Pacific Northwest. It is SO nice to have a list! The top ten (details after each are mine) are:

  1. Pole Snap Bean– I love pole snap beans. They are easy to grow and are quick. They withstand our sometimes windy and rainy spring weather as the leaves and stems are pretty hardy. They require little care.
  2. Snow/Snap Peas– We eat these year around and they are wonderful to curb a sweet tooth. We mostly eat them raw but they are good in stir fry as well.
  3. Potato– Need I say more? They grow underground of course so are safe from all of the elements. They are tasty, filling and work well with a large variety of toppings. And of course, you can fry, bake, microwave or whatever.
  4. Garlic– A needed spice on the best of dishes.
  5. Cherry tomato– MMMM. Sweet tasty cherry tomatoes. There is nothing like them!
  6. Summer squash– Yes, these are on the list of growing well year-round. I am not sure how when we get so cold here but perhaps “summer” doesn’t necessarily mean that they need “very warm”?
  7. Chard– A perfect side item or mix-in-with-the-greens item.
  8. Lettuce– A necessity, of course, and not just for salad.
  9. Onion– Again a basic for most any dish. And always best from the garden.
  10. Carrot– These little things are sweet and delicious, making the perfect snack, side item or combined with something else to make a main dish.

There is also a list of other highly-rated crops in the cabbage, cucumber, leafy greens, legumes, root crops, tomato and miscellaneous families.  There are several listed in each category so buy a copy of the April/May issue if you want to learn more.

2 Comments
  • Allison
    Posted at 11:48h, 31 March Reply

    I am gardening for the first time this year, prompted by the rising prices of organic fruits and vegetables. I’m a newbie at this and am learning as I go here in the northeast. I will be growing most of the things on the list you posted plus a few other things using the square foot gardening method. By the way, garlic- one of my favorite substances on earth- is actually an herb. I can’t wait to harvest my scallions, garlic, coriander and tomatoes later this year so that I can put together the freshest salsa I’ve ever made. 🙂

  • Allison
    Posted at 11:49h, 31 March Reply

    (oops- I meant CILANTRO, not coriander, although I add coriander to my salsas and guacamole as well).

    Thanks for a great blog…
    -Allison

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