Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden
The first and foremost thought that crossed my mind after I decided to turn the backyard of my house into a little garden was that what am I going to do with my garden? Am I going to grow flowers or something else? My husband advised me to grow vegetables as for me that was an easier venture and there I was, growing vegetables in my backyard garden. But then again, choosing the ones to grow was a big thing. I had to opt for the ones that are easiest to grow, rather than opting for the ones that are fairly difficult to grow. Let me discuss a few vegetables that are easiest to grow in your garden, as they have been in mine.
- Lettuce and Other Salad Greens
Lettuce is something that grows fairly fast and is really simple to grow or harvest. You just need to snip off the tops from the plants or pick the leaves if and when needed. They take hardly any space to grow and they can even grow in the confined places of containers, may be accompanied by the flowers or when placed under the shades of much taller plants. I have been successful in directly seeding and growing them even in areas that are partially shaded.
It is regarded as one of the most popular and one of the most widely harvested vegetables for gardens of any size, and that had actually prompted me to grow tomatoes in my garden. You can do the same and actually you can grow tomatoes in baskets that you can hang from places or in other containers or anywhere you like. However, you need to be sure that the place you select gets a lot of sunshine. Also, do not forget to provide adequate support for their tendrils or stalks. However, if you are a starter just like I had been a couple of years back, I would recommend you to opt for the smaller variety of tomatoes, like cherry tomatoes.
Cucumbers are another variety that you can easily grow in your garden. I have tried and succeeded in doing so with hardly any effort. They like sunshine accompanied by warm temperatures. You can grow them in containers as well since cucumber plants grow straight. Once you provide enough warmth and sunshine and water them on a regular basis, they will take no time to grow – almost like weeds. In no time, you will grow enough of them to even share with your neighbours. As per the experts, cucumbers are the best choice if you have scarcity of space and the plants are not at all prone to diseases. This means they are strong enough to fend off diseases and you do not have to take much care or invest much for insecticides and fertilizers.
Can you remember those childhood projects that you used to prepare for your grade school classes, where you needed to grow carrot greens from their tops? I remember those days vividly, and when I chose to grow them in my garden, it was virtually revisiting those childhood days, and that was surely – fun! You will not have to put in too much effort to grow whole carrots. They grow well on ground as well. The only factor that you need to be aware of about carrots is that they might not grow too large, more so in case you have rocky soil in your garden. Deep and well-drained soil is the best when it comes to growing carrot, and a raised bed is also a good idea. Nevertheless, carrots are simple to grow and it is really a fun and a treat to see them grow. If you provide them light shade that is fine for them as well, though like most of the other plants, it is better to offer them full sun.
Spinach is a fantastic choice. From medical point of view, it is remarkably high in iron and can very well be a perfect addition to salads, omelets, as well as vegetable soups. Once you grow it, and once the leaves come up in full bloom, you can pick the leaves as well as the soft and tender stems to have them in soup.