Easiest Vegetables to Grow
Even though gardening is one of the most relaxing hobbies out there, newbies can easily become discouraged if they bite more than they can chew. Sure, no vegetable will spontaneously grow if there’s no one there to take care of it, but there are some pretty resilient vegetables out there that can sprout with minimal care and the skills of a beginner. While some vegetables require a lot of expertise, planning, and even a lot of money. Others are easier to take care for and in just a few months can be ready to be turned into amazing homemade salads that will impress your guests.
Remember that an edible garden will still require a lot of work to produce tasty vegetables that you can show off to your friends and family, so every recommendation on this list will still require a minimum amount of effort and caring. Here are the vegetables to get you started:
- Carrots: The greatest thing about carrots is that they can be grown on a deep pot, so you can grow them even if you don’t have a large plot. With carrots is all about depth rather than width. Just make sure you remove any rocks from the soil you use as they might stump the growth or make them crooked.
- Lettuce: Few things are more rewarding than being able to make a fresh salad out of leaves you grew yourself. And like carrots, lettuces can be easily grown in small spaces. Lettuces do grow very quickly so it’s best to space out the harvest.
- Tomatoes: This vegetable is also quite popular for gardeners that don’t necessarily have a lot of space. Though they can grow in most gardens regardless of size and survive forgetful gardeners (they don’t need a lot of water), they do need a lot of sun so keep that in mind before planting. Cherry tomatoes are a great starting kind for beginners, and if you want to feel like a plot, plant basil right next to your tomatoes. This easy to grow herb, is a natural repellent for most pests and can even improve flavor.
- Radishes: You’d already have a pretty solid salad with the garden grown tomatoes and lettuce, but if you want to feel more advanced, try your luck with radishes. This vegetable grows really fast (in just under a month) so it’s the closest thing to instant gratification you can get from gardening. What’s so great about them is that they can grow in deep containers and can be grown throughout all seasons.
Potatoes: The end of summer is the perfect time to plant potatoes. They are so easy to grow; some schools even assign them as school projects. All you need is a lot of compost (extra points if its organic), potato bags, and some seeds.
- Zucchinis: While you wait to harvest your potatoes in September, take advantage of the summer by planting some zucchini. You can either grow them directly in the soil or on a pot, just beware that they are extremely prolific, you’d actually have to work really hard not to grow them.