Looking to finally start a vegetable garden? As much as I'm excited for you, I would have to advise you to take it slow and keep it practical. Start with these 5 easy to grow vegetables and you could be well on your way to growing your own food full on!
Grow Your Own Food With These Easy To Grow Vegetables
True, the word easy is subjective but having grown vegetables for some time now I can definitely say these veggies top the list of easy plants to grow in your garden. So easy that you can even regrow food from scraps of these vegetables. These are also easy vegetables to grow in containers and most of them are easy vegetables to grow indoors. Are you excited now to know if your favorite vegetables made it to our top 5 easy to grow vegetables? Without further ado, here they are.
Beet is not as popular as it's root crop counterparts, carrots, and potatoes, but never underestimate this humble vegetable. Check out the amazing health benefits of beets and you'll definitely be wanting them in your garden easy to grow or not. It only takes 50 to 70 days for beetroots to mature and earlier for beet greens which are way tastier when harvested and enjoyed earlier.
Remember, beet is a cool season crop and depending on your hardiness zone, they can be a vegetable to grow until winter. Beet is mostly grown from seeds, but you can regrow the beetroot top for its greens. You can also grow beet in containers indoors.
Lettuce is one of the most well-known salad greens if not the most popular. It's a healthy staple food every health conscious have come to enjoy and appreciate. Lettuce is mostly eaten fresh so it's practical to grow them organically to enjoy their wholesome goodness.
Most lettuce varieties are grown from seeds like the popular ‘iceberg' and ‘looseleaf' lettuce variety. Only the ‘romaine' lettuce can be regrown from the base for its elongated heads. You can also grow lettuce indoors in containers and in hydroponics.
3. Green Onions
A handful of chopped spring or green onions can work magic in a lot of your recipes so a pot of these humble greens should be kept close at hand. You can whip up a tastier egg omelet with green onions or you can throw them in your potato salad to spice it up. Luckily, they're really easy to grow you can grow them from scraps or the base of the plant.
Although you can grow green onions from seeds which are easy just the same, you can save time by regrowing the base of spring onions. While you can root them first in a glass of water, I grow mine directly in a pot of rich compost to enjoy an earlier harvest.
Growing tomatoes is not only easy, there are also lots of guides on how to plant tomatoes you'll find online to help you. These tips for growing tomatoes are particularly helpful when I was growing my own tomatoes. It is such a staple at home, I have to work on making sure we have a sufficient supply of tomatoes.
Tomatoes are grown by starting seeds indoors, but you can also grow them from cuttings. Learn how to prune tomatoes properly here so you can regrow those tomato cuttings. You can also learn how to save tomato seeds here and save the seeds from your harvest to grow in the next growing season. Don't worry about growing lots of tomatoes since they're easy to grow, but enjoy your harvest longer by canning tomatoes.
While it takes longer for pumpkins to mature–a hundred to a hundred and twenty days for earlier varieties, it is worth the wait. Think of all the pumpkin or squash recipes you can make from your own pumpkin patch. Start growing a pumpkin patch in summer so you can have pumpkin for Halloween you won't have to buy.
Did you know pumpkin or squash seeds are both a tasty and a healthy treat? So next time when you slice on a large and fresh pumpkin don't forget to save the seeds. Don't forget to save some also to grow your own pumpkin patch for a harvest just in time for the autumn festivities.
Learn how to plant a vegetable garden in this video with these easy to grow vegetables:
Now you know what vegetables are easy to grow in your garden. What's even best about these vegetables is that most of them grow well together so you won't have to worry about a small space for your vegetable garden. You don't have to be an expert to grow your own food. You just have to start with these easy to grow vegetables!
Tried growing any of these easy to grow vegetables? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.