If you could plant ONE Vegetable, what would it be?

We had a hint of spring a few weekends ago, here on the West Coast. And after seeing the French Laundry Garden, my husband and I couldn’t wait to get out into our yard and start preparing for our garden this year.

  • We live on a city lot. We’re trying to make the most of our land.
  • We’ve taken out flower beds to add fruit and vegetable beds.
  • We were a bit early this year (it snowed the same week), but we covered the beds.

When the sun comes out, our pets are right there with us!

Getting the beds ready.

Cutting stakes to put into the ground where we’ll mark what we plant.

A great deal: Garden cloth for $19.99.

Pulling out the seeds from last year (keep in a small tub.)

Excited about new varieties (yellow beets and purple carrots!)

We try to plant new varieties each year. But then there’s this yumminess that we plant every year because it’s so hearty – swiss chard.

I can’t wait to try cooking it the way we were shown at the Culinary Institute during my Bush’s Beans visit! I’ll show you in a post later this summer.

If you could plant only one vegetable, what would it be?

That’s a hard one for me. I’d probably say tomatoes. Here’s some yumminess from last year. And don’t forget to enter 5 Secrets Great Dads Know 5-book GIVEAWAY!


  1. I’m with you Sandy, tomatoes are my favorite. I use them in everything. I really need to try Swiss chard though, may be this year.
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  2. Rhubarb. It’s fairly low maintenance, and there’s so much yummy goodness to be made from it! And it’s so expensive in the stores.
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  3. Sandy i am growing swiss chard as well. I would have to say tomoatoes or zucchini on the one veggie. Zucchini produces so much and i can do so many yummy recipes. Your garden looks great. we to had to cover our garden it snowed! go figure.
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  4. Definately tomatoes! It’s not summer without them. And I am looking forward to seeing how to cook Swiss chard….when I made it last summer, no one liked it.

  5. Picking one is so difficult! I would probably go with cucumbers as my children inhale them from the vine , often before I can pick them! You can use them for sandwiches to snacking and that makes them all so very happy!
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  6. Wow…your garden area is getting bigger and bigger…you will have to start selling!
    sandy toe
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  7. Just one! Wow!

    We have a HUGE garden that we share with my parents, but if I had to choose just one, it would be tomatoes too — of every color. :)

    (But I’d miss my green beans and sweet corn. Oh, and strawberries, and . . . .)

  8. oh, wait, strawberries aren’t a vegetable. Duh! :)
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  9. I live in Jordan and they have THE best cucumbers EVER! I do not enjoy the cucumbers we get in the States. Someone here told me the cucumbers here are “Persian” cucumbers. Everyone labels stuff “Persian” here. Might be worth a check in the seed catalog though? I plan to bring seeds home with me.

  10. Tomatoes. Boring answer, but a versatile vegetable (fruit?). So much you can do with them. They go from tart to sweet, great to eat straight off the vine. They pretty much fit the bill.

  11. I would have to say tomatoes as well–add them to anything and it makes the dish better! Plus, canning them takes you into the winter for some yummy sauces.
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  12. tomatoes, or beets or green beans…

    really? Just one??
    Wow, now those are some serious looking garden beds. love it…
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  13. Hmmm…one veggie huh? Well it wouldn’t be tomatoes for me. Not crazy enough about them. But I would probably have to say Lettuce. Just because I love me a good salad and you gotta have some nice green crispy lettuce to house all the other yummy veggies that go on top!
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  14. I want to grow fresh veggies!! How hard is it?
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  15. That chard is beautiful. I’ve never had it! I would have to say if only allowed one, it would be tomatoes, with some kind of lettuce coming in a close second. :)
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  16. I’d go with tomatoes for sure with zucchini and swiss chard a close second and third. They’re both so hardy and produce so much!
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  17. I’m definitely with you on tomatoes, fresh from the garden just says Summer! But I must say as we plant our first garden in our new home this year I am looking forward to planting loads of scallions (green onions) because I use them in everything! I turn any kind of vegetable into a salad with a few scallions and a great vinegarette!

  18. anything fresh from the garden! I have a black thumb, ugh! Our clay soil in NC does not help either. I suppose I will try again this year…thanks for the inspiration!
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  19. I know they’re not really vegetables but my favorite part of my garden is the herbs! Basil, rosemary, mint, chives…yum! Herbs are so pricey at the store so I love being able to just go snip a few off and toss them into a dish.
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  20. Wow that is a hard question. Tomatoes are a good choice. Homegrown ones are so yummy…
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  21. No doubt about it–tomatoes. But then I’d make room for at least one basil plant to go beside the tomatoes, you know? I’m a happy girl if I have tomatoes and basil. :)

  22. Hmmm…that is a really tough one…I’m trying to think of one other than tomatoes..I think I’ll say lettuce because it’s something I can go out and pick fresh everyday and stagger the plantings so I always have it available.

  23. It would be tomatoes for me, too. My hubby loves tomatoes & I make a pretty mean salsa with those fresh from the garden treats!
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  24. I like broccoli a lot, so I guess I’d try to plant that…but who I am kidding? I’ve got no garden, so it’s back to the market I go. ; )
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  25. If I lived in the sunny US, tomatoes. As I live in the North of England, it would have to be spinach: you can eat it raw in salads or cook it. Second choice would be beets: you can eat the greens or the root. The root is supposed to be good for increasing endurance and good for the liver.

  26. I would have to go with tomatoes. They are so versatile, everyone in our family loves them, including the birds and the dogs! A close second would have to be zuchini. Ü
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  27. If I only had only one pot on a balcony to plant in I would plant tomatoes. Homegrown are so good they make you wonder if the store bought tomatoes are a different vegetable.

    We grow chard here as a winter vegetable and I use it in lots of things, my favorite being an Italian torta that comes in handy when vegetarian friends come over for dinner.

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  28. Yep, tomatoes for me too. It’s still a bit too cold this far north to begin quite yet. Seeing your pic’s is getting me eager to get going though. :-)
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  29. What a hard question. I enjoy tomatoes the most but the don’t do the best so far north. Cucumbers probably–for pickles all winter and fresh in the summer. Yum!
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  30. Do tomatoes count as a veggie (or a fruit???)? To me, they are vegetables, and that’s what I’d pick. I bought three small plants from WM last summer and they quadrupled in size…they were almost small trees! I had a bumper crop of tomatoes. Almost set myself on fire canning them, and ruined my grandmother’s apron, but we still have canned and frozen bagged spaghetti sauce. :)
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  31. Tomatoes. Tomatoes. And more tomatoes. My favorite are the heirloom varieties, and my favorite heirloom would be Cherokee Purple! Praying the blight misses us this year.
    .-= FarmgirlCyn (Cindy)´s last blog ..We don’t need no stinkin’ colored eggs! =-.

  32. Just one??? Then it would probably be tomatoes… but zucchini is a very, very close second!
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  33. I totally agree with you about the Swiss chard. But, my personal favorite is KALE for Vitamins;)

  34. First I thought, “green beans!” Then I said, “No, tomatoes!”
    But the taste of fresh green beans from the garden is so delicious.
    And garden tomatoes on a BLT sandwich are to die for! Ugh! I can’t decide. Please don’t make me. :)
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  36. all right–get rid of those useless flowers and bring on the food! :)
    i love that your critters help out, too.
    i’m pretty keen on our green beans, but i’m also fairly addicted to corn on the cob. this is a tough question, sandy!
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