Since the weather in the Pacific Northwest is different from that of any other region in the United States, some vegetable varieties grow there more easily and better than others. In Seattle, the cool, rain-drenched winters and dry, warm summers provide a unique mixture of elements.
Leeks (a part of the onion family) are simple to grow, although they can be pricey at the grocery store. These are ideal for for small-space gardens, since they don't take up a lot of room. After being planted in full sun and moist soil, leeks take about 2-1/2 months to mature for harvest. Leeks are grilled, broiled, steamed or made into broths and soups. They usually are not eaten raw, and they must be washed thoroughly before use to remove dirt from between the layers of the leaves.
There seems to be a tomato variety for every region or climate, and Seattle's Pacific Northwest region is no different. Tomatoes can be planted in a small space or take up a large space with a trellis. Several varieties flourish in Seattle, but it is important to care for your tomatoes with a fungicide; they are susceptible to blight from all the rain. They thrive in full to partial sun, and should be watered when the top 1 inch of soil feels dry consistently. Tomatoes have a wide range of uses, from broiling whole and stuffed, to chopping up raw for salads, to being simmered into sauces and dips.
Hardy broccoli is one of the best crops to grow in the Pacific Northwest, according to Seattle PI. Not only does it grow back continuously, but you can harvest this crop from July to late winter. Broccoli needs semimoist soil and partial sun, and usually needs a lot of room to grow. This vegetable is incorporated into everything from soups and dips, and it can be eaten raw or steamed as a side dish. This crop is susceptible to root maggots and aphids, which can be treated with pesticides from your local garden store.
Herb gardens are an ideal addition to any household, especially if you like to cook. In Seattle, herbs like basil and parsley thrive in the cooler months of the year. Both of these herbs need a lot of space, as they can grow up to 3 feet tall and wide. Plant in moist soil in full sun. Both herbs are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. They can be a garnish or a major element of a dish, such as basil stuffed chicken.
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