Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow
Not too many things in life are more satisfying or enjoyable than planting your very own vegetable garden. A garden will provide you with fresh vegetables you can enjoy all season long, not to mention the essential vitamins and minerals that your family will be getting when they eat the fresh vegetables. Most veggies can be eaten raw, but you’ll also be able to create many meals and cooked dishes with them, without ever having to rely on your local grocery store’s produce section. Check out these easy vegetables anyone can grow.
But I won’t lie to you folks. Depending on the size of your garden, gardening can take a lot of work and special attention, but don’t let that discourage you. Even if it’s your first time gardening, there are several vegetables that are still fairly easy to grow. That’s good news! These are easy vegetables that anyone can grow. This is where I buy all of my garden seeds: SeedsNow
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Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow
Bell peppers taste wonderful, especially in salads, pasta, and dishes with meat. Fortunately for you, there are several different varieties that you can grow without much gardening experience. Many gardeners choose to get a head start with this crop for 4 to 6 weeks indoors before transplanting them outside when the threat of frost has finally passed. Bell peppers enjoy the heat and plenty of sunlight, and you’ll need to water them regularly and fertilize them at least once a month.
Carrots especially thrive in loose, well-drained soil where the looser the dirt, the larger your carrots are able to grow. They also do better when the seeds aren’t planted all clumped together, so be sure to spread them out for room to grow. Watering them regularly, and fertilizing at least once a month is also recommended. Carrots are great in stews, soups, salads, stir-frys, certain desserts, or simply eaten raw, and are a good source of vitamin A.
Cucumbers need a lot of sunlight and shouldn’t be planted until after the last threat of frost has passed. Just be sure that there’s enough space for their vine to grow vertically, which is why I’d suggest that you use a trellis to get them up off the ground. Even if you’re not a big fan of cucumbers, you can always throw them in a jar to make homemade dill pickles, which is sure to change your mind about the advantages of growing them.
Green beans are a low-calorie vegetable that has plenty of minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. This is also another easy crop to grow that certainly provides an abundant yield for you around harvest time. There are several different types of green beans for you to choose from, but if you’re trying to keep it simple, I’d encourage you to plant the bush type. Green beans need a decent amount of sunlight and well-drained soil. Be sure to give them enough water or they may begin to shrivel up.
Kale is a little more on the pickier side, but it too is fairly simple to grow, as long as you have the right growing conditions. You can grow kale in a raised garden bed or in a container if you choose to. Be sure to plant kale where it receives sunlight. Just be sure that these plants aren’t exposed to too much direct sunlight, or you may be disappointed with the flavor. They also need about 1 to 2 inches of water a week. Once harvested, kale can be used in salads, pasta dishes, smoothies, and more!
Pumpkins are also fairly easy to grow, as long as you have space and warm enough soil so that they can germinate. They’re especially popular during the autumn season and can be carved or decorated to celebrate Halloween. Pumpkins also can be baked into delicious festive desserts such as pies, bread, and cookies.
Radishes are another root vegetable (like carrots) that prefers loose soil and need to be planted and spaced further apart. They can be planted in the ground or in a container, whichever you prefer. Radishes need to be watered regularly and fertilized every month. People enjoy this vegetable in soups, salads, or eaten raw.
Summer Squash-Yellow Straightneck
Squash grows on the vine, which is important to know when you go to plant them. They’ll need plenty of space, lots of direct sunlight, and well-drained soil. This is another vegetable that I would recommend using a trellis so that it can grow properly. With regular watering, and fertilizing at least once a month, you’ll have delicious summer squash stored away long after harvest.
Homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than what you find at your local grocery store, and as long as your tomato plants have good, well-drained soil along with plenty of sunlight. There’s nothing truly complicated about growing them.
Just be sure that you fertilize your plants monthly and that they get plenty of water on a regular basis. Also be sure to plant several rows of other crops in between your tomatoes and peppers, so that when bees go to cross-pollinate, they don’t compromise your tomatoes’ flavor.
Another important thing to think about is making sure that you don’t plant your tomatoes too early, where frost can damage them. Here’s more information about tomatoes so that you can get started growing them this season. In case you missed this post, Tips For Growing Sweet Tomatoes
For those of you who simply can’t say no to the delicious taste of homemade zucchini bread, it only makes sense that you grow this wonderful vegetable. After all, it’s one of the easiest vegetables out there for you to grow straight from seed, and it’s an ingredient that also goes well in stir-frys, Italian food, soups, and salads. Zucchini plants enjoy rich acidic soil, lots of sunlight, and at least an inch of water every week.
Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow
These are some of the easiest vegetables out there that you can grow, that don’t require you to have a green thumb in order for you to have success. With the right conditions and just a little extra love and attention from you, you will be reaping the wonderful benefits come harvest time.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of vegetables that are easy to grow. Beets, lettuce, onions, and spinach are a few others for you to consider trying. What are some of your favorite fresh veggies that have found to be easy to grow? I’d love to hear from all of you! What easy vegetables anyone can grow would you recommend? May God Bless this world, Linda.
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8 thoughts on “Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow”
Well, Linda ~
I am going to try again this year to grow a small garden on my balcony!! My chives are surviving year to year though so they are a true success for me! I am so limited on space so will only grow salad greens and a few herbs that I use on a regular basis.
Hi Leanne, Happy Birthday!!! I love hearing you are still growing some vegetables. You are lucky you have a Farmer’s market close by as I remember. I would have to drive about 15 miles to go to a not-so-great Farmer’s Market. Whatever we can grow is that much less we will have to buy at a store. Have a great day, my friend! Linda
Thank you for the birthday wish!!
You know, I grew up on a farm that was 15 miles from the nearest town!! So to me, driving 15 – 30 miles for anything was not an issue. Although, we only went to the nearest “city” that was 30 miles away once a month and rarely shopped at the teeny tiny grocery store in my home town (think mini mart size!!).
Of course, driving 15 miles to a subpar Farmer’s Market would be discouraging. I do have a large and wonderful market close by. Actually, within a 10 mile radius, probably 6 or 7 farmer’s markets – some only open one day a week and pretty small. I also have a great year round fruit/vegetable market and their stuff, while not all organic, is still pretty high quality.
As for my balcony garden, I am thinking of microgreens, too. I could grow them inside all winter but since my apartment is small and in the winter gets so little light, I just don’t bother – I do supplement with sprouts, though. Funny little story about sprouts! a friend from church (she is 5 years older than I am) was so excited that she was now growing sprouts. She asked if I would like to learn how! I had to tell her that I started growing sprouts back in the 70s!! – back in my hippy type days. She said, “I should have known! You know how to do everything!!!”
I do have the capacity to amaze people sometimes! Even my daughter who has known me for 35 years gets amazed and asks me how I know all this stuff! I have to tell her it is because of how I was raised, where I was raised and by whom I was raised as well as I read, retain and do!!
Hi Leanne, it’s so funny because I remember hearing about sprouting and now all of sudden it’s called Microgreens! I’m so anxious to grow lettuce year-round. I’m working on that right now. I am looking at AeroGardens. I will keep you posted, someone in our group here mentioned she has been growing salad stuff in the pods with her own seeds. You are so lucky to have Farmer’s Markets year-round, I would love that!! Linda
Veggies can be grown on a deck in 5 gal. pots and even in the strong, heavy grocery bags that Walmart sells that have pictures on them. Yo do need to punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Make sure you have something for the water to drain into . I have taught others to do this with great success.
Hi Cheryl, I hope a lot of people read this comment, whatever we can grow ourselves the better off we will be! Some people are lucky to have Farmer’s Markets close by, but if not, buckets, bags, and pots are awesome! Great comment! Linda
We love zucchini & grow it yearly. Probably our favorite way to eat it is making baked, stuffed zucchini – yum! Another one of our “must haves” in the garden are sweet potatoes.
Love your list, thanks!
Hi Amy, I love growing zucchini as well. I love it baked and stuffed as well. Sweet potatoes are the best! Happy gardening! Linda