Every year, well-meaning gardeners take a couple days away from the dirt and on their return, they discover baby-sized zucchini laying in wait. Then, suddenly, the neighborhood is awash in mega zucchini that induce a temporary fear of answering the door.

When vegetables become menacing, there’s an imbalance in the garden.

This embarrassment of riches can be avoided. It should be avoided.

The secret to the most fulfilling, best garden is to know what you want to eat and what you love to cook.

That’s what this website is all about, actually.

So make a list. Here’s an example of ours:

Peavine soup

Saag Aloo

Turnip and carrot gratin

Frizzled green beans with anchovy bread crumbs

Grilled Eggplant cigars stuffed with chevre, mint and oregano

Carrot and tomato bisque

Squash pizzettes

Pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter

Garden Paella

Green tomato pie

Salsify Soup

Grilled fennel, onions, carrots, tomatoes, squash and zucchini

Lovage infused vodka

Raspberry margaritas

Cardoon bitters

Herbs de Provence sea salt

Next up. Seed selection and knowing the rows.