Gardening is wonderful! And, it can easily overwhelm someone with many demands upon their time unless you pace yourself.  As I see it, garden vegetables, flowers and herbs can fall into 3 categories that I have outlined below:




Salad Crops (lettuce, arugula, spinach, mustards, Chard, Chinese Cabbage)

Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants

Carrots and Parsnips

Summer Squash / Zucchini, Cucumbers


Garlic & Shallots

Marigolds, Zinnia, Cosmos, Sunflowers

Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts

Melons (Cantaloupes and Watermelons

Radishes, Beets, Rutabaga, Turnips

Onions & Leeks

Small seeded, frost sensitive flowers

Peas, Green Beans

Winter Squash

Seeds with long germination times

Cilantro, Dill, Basil

Sweet Peas



Sweet Corn

Flour Corn, Popcorn


Of Course these delineations are somewhat arbitrary, but I just wanted to depict that common vegetables such as carrots and melons are actually quite difficult to either direct seed, or ripen successfully.  Starting with simple things like salad crops, radishes, cilantro and sunflowers is always a great place to start.  You may also want to consider what produce that you currently purchase.  Also, consider that some crops are challenged by pests that are regional such as gophers, bean beetles, cucumber beetles, crows, etc.  So, while potatoes seems easy to grow in theory, if you live where gophers, or late blight are problematic, growing potatoes can be difficult.  If you are new to gardening or have encountered difficulty, perhaps this chart can help guide you towards sowing for success! 

Also you may benefit from our planting calendar for our area in Oregon (you may have to adjust for different regions)

Also here is a short video with some planting suggestions for mid Spring:

We have a few collections of our favorites that are bundled together that reflect our best selling and most commonly planted seeds that you can explore by following the link here: