Thinking about planting a small garden this year? I have a few suggestions for Easy Vegetables that Anyone Can Grow. These vegetables are ideal for beginners. As in, “I’ve never grown a darn thing in my entire life, but now I want to grow vegetables.”
If that’s you, then follow my suggestions because I’ve put together a list of Easy Vegetable that Anyone Can Grow. And, I mean anyone!
Success in gardening really starts with preparation. If you’ve never planted a vegetable garden then there are a few things you need to do to prepare. For the most basic information, you may want to read my Gardening Tips for Beginners. These are just a few basics to get the juices flowing. From there you can decide if you still want to move forward.
I’ve grown squash from seeds and from transplants and I prefer the transplants. I like them because it allows the plant to grow and produce quickly. Zucchini is one of the fastest growing squash plants and that’s a really good thing. There are two insects that will attack your squash: Squash Bugs and Squash Vine Borers. Both will take the whole plant (and a piece of your gardener’s heart).
For that reason, I like to use the transplants because I have greater chance of a larger crop. It’s also recommended that you spread the plants out in your garden, that way the insects won’t attack all of the plants at once.
Even with the threat of insects, zucchini is still very easy to grow and doesn’t require a lot emotional investment. If you use transplants you will have a healthy crop to enjoy.
If you’re going to grow a vegetable garden then you will need to grow a few tomato plants. In general, tomatoes are pretty easy to grow. However, whole books have been written on the subject. If you want success with tomatoes, then you need to do a few things to establish healthy tomato plants.
- Use transplants. Period. Unless you are experienced, growing tomatoes from seeds will be difficult.
- Find out the best varieties for your area. Here in Austin I recommend two varieties: Juliet (cherry) and Celebrity (beefsteak).
- Purchase transplants from a reputable nursery and ask for a planting sheet. Tomatoes vary from place to place.
- Don’t over fertilize – you will end up with a nice leafy plant that has no tomatoes.
- Check daily for insects like aphids and the evil tomato horn worm – will devour your entire plant in a day. Mix up a batch of my Garlic Pepper Tea to help with most insects.
- Pick when the tomato has a blush of red ~ then ripen on your counter. If you allow the tomato to turn bright red, every bug, bird, and squirrel will accept this invitation to dine on fresh, ripe tomatoes.
As with any new endeavor, patience is recommended. Take your time and enjoy the entire process. You will find much satisfaction from growing a few things to eat.
There are two types of green beans. Bush beans and pole beans. Both grow well from seeds, but Bush Beans are are a little easier to manage in a small space. They grow in tidy, compact bushes. If you go with pole beans, you will need room to construct poles. For newbies, go with the bush beans – they have the same taste and texture.
I recommend the Contender Bush Bean. It’s one of the most common varieties and has been around forever. Plant seeds 1″ deep 12-18″ apart. For good supply management, plant every 2-3 weeks. You’ll have fresh green beans to serve weekly.