Easy to Grow Vegetables

Easy to grow vegetables         

 

Beginner to expert if you are short on time, consider planting easy-to-grow vegetables that offer a big payoff in the kitchen. Easy to grow from seed, but you can learn tons from seed catalogs that explain every type of possible seed.

These are just some of our favorites and seeds that we have had an easy time with – make sure to let us know your favorite easy to grow vegetables.

Salad Greens(arugula, lettuce, spinach, and assorted mixes). Pick your favorite, or try a mix—many seed companies sell mixed packets for summer and winter gardening. Plant seeds all season long spring through fall, and you can enjoy a fresh harvest year-round.Our favorites -  Lettuce is easy to grow, making it a great choice for container gardening. This mix of greens tastes great in a salad or on a sandwich.

Nutrients - Although nutrients differ with each variety of lettuce, leafy greens are a great start to any meal, supplying vitamins A, C, K and folate.

In your garden - Lettuce thrives in cooler weather so plant it in the spring and fall, sowing every few weeks for a continuous harvest.

Cucumbers

Our favorites - Cucumbers are a tasty addition to salads, add crunch to your plate and side dish.

Nutrients - While the cucumber isn’t known as a nutrition powerhouse, it does provide refreshment: at 95 percent water content, a cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water.

In your garden - Give your cucumber plants generous amounts of organic matter and good fertilization and they will respond with lots of crunchy cucumbers; harvest them regularly to increase production

 

Potatoes

Our favorites - Potatoes are easy to grow anywhere from a bucket to an old tire and store well when kept cool.

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In Your garden – A simple and low-maintenance approach is to plant potatoes directly in straw (with just a little dirt added) rather than soil. “Seeds” are whole or cut sections of potatoes. Only plant organic potatoes or those sold in nurseries as seed potatoes. Conventional grocery-store potatoes are sprayed with an antisprouting agent.

 

Green Beans

Our Favorites - Highly productive, green beans freeze well, and they’re delicious pickled as dilly beans.

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In Your Garden -  Start with seeds after danger of frost has passed.

Bush Beans

Our Favorites - Green beans are a healthy summer favorite, both for their fresh crunch and flavor. They also add a bright shot of green to your dinner plate.

Nutrients - Green beans provide a bounty of nutrients: vitamins A, C and K, manganese, potassium, folate and iron, as well as fiber.

In your garden - Plant your bean seeds in well-drained soil where they’ll receive full sun. Sow seeds every few weeks to enjoy a continual harvest through the summer

 

Radishes

Our Favorites - These spicy, crunchy globes are packed with flavor. And radishes are more versatile than you may think: add them to a salad or temper their heat by cooking them in your favorite veggie stir-fry.

Nutrients - Bonus! One radish has just 1 calorie.

In your garden - Even if you don’t have a green thumb, radishes are easy to grow in containers and gardens; spring radish varieties are often ready in just three weeks and are more mild in flavor—hotter summer soil produces spicier radishes. Plant Spring through fall for an endless harvest.

Beets

Our favorites –  Beets are an earthy, sweet treat. And don’t forget to eat the beet greens too—baby ones are delicious raw in a salad; cook more mature ones as you would chard or kale.

Nutrients - 1/2 cup of cooked beets has a mere 29 calories but boasts 2 grams of fiber and provides 19 percent of the daily value for folate, a B vitamin needed for the growth of healthy new cells. Beets’ beautiful color comes from betanin, a phytochemical that’s thought to bolster immunity.

In your garden - You can plant your beets as soon as your soil can be worked in the spring

 

Peppers

Our Favorites – Hot and bell peppers are both easy to grow. Start with seedlings and let peppers ripen for different lengths of time to get a range of colors and flavors—most peppers turn from green to red or purple over time, becoming sweeter along the way.

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Snap Peas

Our Favorites - These sweet peas with edible pods make a great snack on their own, and are just as welcome cooked up into a satisfying side dish.

Nutrients - With one-third of your daily value of vitamin C and 3 grams of fiber in every cup, these vegetables are a healthy choice.

In your garden - Snap peas are hardy legumes that germinate in soil temperatures as low as 40°F, but don’t do so well in hot and dry weather. Plant your peas so that they can mature as early as your planting schedule allows and sow more seeds when cooler fall days return.

 

Summer Squash

Our favorites – Zucchini. This squash won’t take up as much garden space as many other types, and it’s very prolific. Start from seeds or transplants. You won’t need more than a few plants for a bumper crop.

NutrientsZucchini contains vitamin A and beta carotene which serve as anti-oxidants, Magnesium and Potassium 

In Your garden – After the chance of frost has passed, plant 2-3 seeds 24 inches apart. The seeds should be planted about an inch deep

 

Tomatoes

Our Favorites – There’s just no substitute for a perfectly ripe homegrown tomato, and it’s hard to go wrong when you start with strong plants (look for thick stems and healthy leaves). If you get a big crop, consider canning or freezing.

Nutrients – Tomatoes are one of the low-calorie vegetables containing just 18 calories. They are also very low in any fat contents and have zero cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, they are excellent sources of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

In Your Garden – Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 1 inch apart in well-drained soil. Seeds will germinate in about 1 week when the soil temperature is 75° to 85°F.

 

Carrots

Our Favorites - Carrots are a perennial favorite—delicious raw or cooked, and they can be prepared in a variety of ways.

Nutrients - The pigment that makes carrots orange—beta carotene—is the same compound the body converts to vitamin A, a vitamin essential for vision, healthy skin and the immune system.

In your garden: Plant carrots as soon as the soil can be worked. They thrive in fertile sandy loam

 

Basil

Our Favorites - No other herb brings to life summer Italian dishes like basil. Blend up a batch of pesto or sprinkle basil on your favorite pasta dish.

Nutrients – Fresh spices & Herbs for cooking

In your garden: Plant basil in rich, moist soil where it can enjoy full sun. Sow your basil every few weeks for continual harvest.

Cilantro

Our Favorites - Cilantro is a flavorful herb prominent in Mexican and Southeast Asian cookery. Try it as an alternative to basil in pesto to top fish or stir it into your favorite salsa recipe. The stems are as flavorful as the leaves—just discard any that are tough.

Nutrients – Fresh spices & Herbs for cooking

In your garden: Plant cilantro early in the season and sow seeds regularly for a continued harvest.

Tips for Small Space Gardening

1. Try heirloom variteties that are ‘compact,’ ‘dwarf’ and ‘mini’.

2. Plant seeds closely and harvest vegetables small, following with successional sowings.

3. Use any sunny plot of land you have, plus containers. Replace soil in pots yearly to avoid disease.

4. Grow carrots, turnips and beets, which produce small, tender roots quickly, and fast-growing green, leafy vegetables such as spinach.

6. Grow tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in pots, cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets, and beans and cucumbers vertically on trellises.

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