Looking to grow some veggies in your garden? You don’t need years of experience (or any experience for that matter!) to put fresh, homegrown food on the table. Here are some of the easiest vegetables to grow in your backyard:
Growing lettuce and other leafy greens is as simple as it gets. The seeds are uncomplicated little survivors – they can even make it through a light frost. They don’t need a ton of sun, either. Give each seed a few inches to grow (especially if you’re planting more solid-headed breeds), and bury about ½ inch below the soil’s surface. The soil should be moist but not overly damp. You’ll need to check for bugs, but there’s really nothing else to it – just clip the leaves (they come up quickly!), wash and enjoy. The plants should yield throughout the season so stock up on your salad dressings!
Tomatoes can be used to create soups, sauces or simple sandwich toppings. To grow them, you need only a small amount of space and some nice, nutritious soil. Buy a baby plant, pop it in the ground and water regularly. That’s it. Check for bugs and discard any infested parts of your plants. Expect to fill your countertops with these juicy reds by the end of the season.
Cucumber plants are resilient climbers. Vine breeds like to wind and twist around fences, posts or even other plants. In fact, if you don’t leave your cucumber plant enough space, it may choke other members of your garden. Ultimately, though, they’re easy to grow.
Cucumbers require warmer weather, lots of water and space. Place your plants at least a foot apart from one another, and use a trellis if planting a vine variety. The plants can yield lots of cucumbers, so prepare to pickle, slice and dice.
Zucchini is a low maintenance garden option that yields a lot of food. They don’t like the cold, so plant your seeds no sooner than two weeks after the spring’s last frost. Your seeds should be nestled an inch below the surface about 2-3 feet apart. Zucchinis require even more water than cucumbers, so give your plants at least two inches of water each week. When the squash start coming in, pick them when they’re small/medium. Large ones may deliver more food, but they’re not as flavorful or tender as their smaller counterparts.
Can you make a small hole in the ground? Congratulations! You can grow onions. These are often purchased as little seedlings with sprouting roots. Bury the onion-to-be portion of the plant an inch or two below the surface, and voila! The onion will start to grow as soon as it’s planted.
Stick beets in the ground about ½ inch deep and 1-2 inches apart when the soil is cool, damp and nutritious. Thinning may be necessary as some seeds yield more than one seedling. Be careful when tackling this, however, as beets are easily disturbed by actions toward neighboring plants (plucking one from the ground, for example, may entirely expose the beet right next to it). Despite this, beets are simple to grow. Among their many appealing qualities is their ability to tough it out in the cold. They can continue to grow in frosty weather, in fact. And they taste great, too!
Green peas are especially great garden members because they taste perfect right off the plant: crisp and tender. They prefer a cool and damp environment, correlating perfectly with the very early spring. For this reason, peas are pretty low maintenance. Other than generous watering and possibly a trellis to climb, peas require little care unless attacked by aphids, which can be taken care of easily with insecticide.
Maybe a vegetable, maybe not – but one thing is certain, they are definitely easy to grow! All you need to do is allow healthy, long (about 9-inch) sprouts to form. Stick them in frost-free ground and then wait. Your sprouts will climb up and up while your potatoes bulge beneath the surface. Often, when potatoes are ready to be picked, parts of them become exposed above the soil. At that point you should pluck your potato from the ground and get ready to feast.
If you want to produce cheap and tasty homegrown veggies, with no hassle, try these in your garden this season!