Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden
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Lettuce – Loose-leaf lettuces and mesclun mixes are quick and easy. They can be harvested when young for a Spring salad. Planting them near tomatoes or other plants that will provide shade in the summer can prevent them from bolting. They also can be planted in flower beds or in containers. Mesclun & other greens like arugula can be broadcast over a two to three foot bed. As the young plants come up, they can be thinned & used in your salads and other dishes.
Radishes – Radishes are a satisfying plant because they are ready to eat so quickly. Resist the temptation to sow to thickly. Radishes are usually planted in rows, and often used to mark slower growing crops like carrots or beans. A few radish seeds in the squash hill can be let go to seed as a pest deterrent.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers are easy to grow as long as the soil is warm. Some varieties may need a trellis or fence to support their vines, but this is actually a bonus in small spaces where vertical gardening saves space. Some research suggests that cucumbers have better production this way, because all the fruit gets good sun exposure and has better circulation.
Green beans & variations – Most green beans are the bush variety and do not spread beyond their rows. Because they will have most of their production within a limited time, it can be practical to plant several times with two or three weeks between plantings. They do need to be checked because they will mature quickly once they produce beans. Beans do well with many other vegetables, so small rows can be planted in other parts of the garden for different harvest times. Pole beans are also easy, but need to be supported. With a teepee of poles they make a great shady tent for any kids that visit your garden!
Zucchini & summer squashes – While jokes abound about surplus zucchini, it is easy to plant just a few hills to enjoy in so many summer dishes, as well as in place of cucumbers. They make good pickles and can be grated & frozen for winter baking.
Tomatoes – You may find it more practical to buy plants, as tomatoes need to be started indoors well before the growing season begins here. There are places to purchase wonderful heirloom varieties, and by buying plants, you can have several different kinds.
You may want to try something new every year – garden centers & those catalogs are hard to resist! But resist the urge to try too many things – there is always another year in the garden!
Other plants that can be tucked in here and there, as well as planted in garden rows are spinach and other greens, herbs like parsley & basil, and single eggplant and pepper starts.