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Top 8 “MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK” Picks for Your Garden

We plant edible garden’s because we want produce, but sometimes it is difficult to pick what to grow. How do you know what edibles are really prolific? With this list we try to take a little out of the guessing game!

Based on last summer’s crops, UC Davis Good Life Garden gardener Arlene Kennedy has chosen the varieties she felt gave us the “MOST BANG FOR OUR BUCK,” and these days, that is what we need! Here is her list in no particular order:


  • Basil ‘Super Sweet Chen’
  • Armenian Cucumber
  • Lemon Cucumber
  • Eggplant ‘Snowy’
  • Chili Pepper ‘Serrano’
  • Squash ‘Dark Star Zucchini’
  • Squash ‘Reve Scallopini’
  • Tomato ‘Chadwick Cherry’

We wish we could tell you where to secure these varieties locally! If you know or have your own “Most Bang For Your Buck” picks, please let us know by commenting on this post!

Happy harvesting!


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3 Responses to “Top 8 “MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK” Picks for Your Garden”

  1. Watermelon and melon of any kind! I've had such great luck with melons… Last year, I had two 45 lb. watermelons. They love our hot sun. I plant extra basil plants and let one or two go to flower to attract the bees, which ensures I get a good pollination.

  2. Roya says:

    Japanese Millionaire eggplants kept me in baba ganoush, stir fry and eggplant Parmesan all summer.

    I procured last year's plant at Capital Nursery on Sunrise.

  3. kate says:

    can't find the "chadwick cherry" in Davis- need to look more. got most of the others for my garden!