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5 Best Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

Updated on March 8, 2017

Vegetable Garden

My vegetable garden.
My vegetable garden. | Source

Plant Your Own Vegetable Garden

If you have enough space to plant a small vegetable garden this spring, not only will you eat better, but, you will also save money on our grocery bill all year. Fresh vegetables not only taste much better but are much healthier for you too. I really like knowing where my vegetables came from and what has, or has not, been put on them. I love planting the seeds and watching them come up each spring. When I go out to pick my garden each morning, I feel like I am on a treasure hunt. I am going to list here, what I believe are the best vegetables to grow in your garden to can or freeze, so you can continue to enjoy them all year.


Larger spinach leaves from my garden.
Larger spinach leaves from my garden. | Source

Spinach

Spinach is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. It is an "early garden" vegetable and can be planted after your last hard freeze. It may grow quick enough that you can plant a second crop before it gets to hot. You can pick the small baby leaves to use for salads and the larger leaves can be used for cooking. If you are using the larger leaves, you want to wash them very thoroughly and take out the larger veins in the leaves before cooking them. If you plant several spinach plants, you will may get more greens than you can eat from your garden. You can store them by boiling them in salted water until they are tender. Drain them and let them cool, then put them in freezer bags. I am always sure to get all the air out of the bag and I double bag them to keep them from freezer burning, then place them in the freezer. You will have spinach to cook with all winter.


Fresh Garlic
Fresh Garlic

Garlic

Garlic is such a commonly used vegetable and is very good for your health. It is another early garden vegetable and you can plant your garlic after your last hard freeze, it will even tolerate a hard frost unscathed. Once your garlic blooms it should be ready to dig up. I have had garlic come back year after year in places that I do not till up. Garlic can be stored in a cool, dry place where they can get air circulation. They should store well for a long period of time. Once they begin to feel a little soft, you can freeze them to use for cooking when you need them. Now you have garlic to use for your recipes all year long!


Green Onions
Green Onions

Onions

Onions are another early garden vegetable that you can plant after the last hard freeze. You can dig up some of your onions early and have what we call “green onions”. I love to eat green onions with nothing but saltine crackers! Green onions will not keep very long, so be sure and refrigerate them. Wash them well and place them in a tall glass with just enough water to cover the bulb of the onion and place the glass in the refrigerator. Green onions are great to slice and put in salads. I also chop the green stem and use them instead of chives for my baked potatoes. For the onions that you leave in the ground to get bigger, you want to watch the stems. Once the stems on your onions have turned brown, it is time to dig your onions. Onions will keep for a long time also, stored in a cool, dry place with air circulation. Some of your onions may not get very big, but those are the best to put in stews. Once your onions begin to feel a little soft at the top, you want to use them immediately or you can chop and freeze them to use when cooking when you need them.


Fresh tomatoes from my garden.
Fresh tomatoes from my garden. | Source

Green Beans

Green beans or, sometimes called “string beans” are really very easy to grow. They grow best before the weather gets too hot, so be sure to plant them right after you think you have had your last frost. Green beans grow in low to the ground bushes and have to be picked, which can be backbreaking for some people. I love picking green beans, but my back does get a little tired sometimes, so I have a small child’s plastic chair I have taken out to the garden. We can green beans every year, and have enough to last us until they put on again the next spring. I have frozen green beans in freezer bags but they will get freezer burned after several months. Fresh green beans are delicious cooked with some ham or bacon, or steamed with a little garlic and butter! Now you will have your home grown green vegetables to eat all year round.


Tomatoes

I think everyone's favorite vegetable to grow is the tomato. Nothing is better than a fresh, homegrown tomato! You can plant cherry tomatoes for salads and larger tomatoes for slicing and cooking. Of course, you can take the salt shaker with you and do what I do ... pick the tomato, rinse it with the hose, give it a little dash of salt and eat it! My husband and I love to make our own picante sauce with our tomatoes each year. I use a lot of tomatoes in cooking also, so I learned how to can my own "stewed tomatoes” to use for cooking. We can enough tomatoes so that I never have to buy stewed tomatoes or picante sauce ,I always have some on hand.


Green Beans in my Garden
Green Beans in my Garden | Source

Summary

There are several other vegetables that you can grow and store for later use, but I believe these five are the easiest. At least, they work the best for me. Just to list a few of the others, you can grow cucumbers to make your own pickles. Broccoli and cauliflower can also be frozen for later use. Okra is a southern vegetable that is very good fried or pickled. Pickled okra can be canned and stored all winter.

I hope I have given you some good ideas that will help you eat healthier and save some money on your grocery bill. Happy gardening!


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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Very well written and informative hub about gardening!

      I love growing plants and flowers in whatever little space I have. Your suggestions are worth following and I would like to follow them.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

      a great guide

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Sheila. My morning glories aren't doing so well though. You too!

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      Sheila Brown 24 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you, Kristen! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thank you for stopping by and the vote up! Good luck with your garden and have a wonderful day!

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sheila, this is a wonderful hub. Your easiest vegetable list is real helpful for those who grow it in a garden, and maybe perhaps indoors/container like me. Voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You are welcome, Akriti. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks for the information.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you so much, Patsy! I appreciate your kind comment and all your support! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you and you're welcome! Our garden hasn't done too well this year as we have had too much rain. The garden never gets a chance to dry out! My tomatoes, squash and cucumbers seem to be faring well, but my onions, greens and potatoes have rotted in the ground! Rain, rain, go away, at least for a little while! Thank you for stopping by and sharing. I hope you have a wonderful garden this year!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you! These are all very easy to grow vegetables and pretty much staples for most people. Fresh is fabulous! Thank you for stopping by and all your support! Have a wonderful day!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello, Audrey! These are the easiest veggies to plant. However, this year we have had so much rain that many of my vegetables are just rotting in the ground! The garden never gets a chance to dry out! Thank you for stopping by and good luck with your garden this year!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I love this Hub. It's clear, concise, and, of course, filled with my veg favs.

      Up UABI + more &Pin

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've been using seeds to plant my garden this year. Started a little later than usual because of late snow here in the mountains. Love your ideas and delighted to learn how to freeze my spinach. Big thanks Sheila and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      A great selection SG! Easy to grow vegetables that we love to eat, what more could you ask for?

      Of course, nothing is better than fresh and nothing is fresher than your own garden. Good choices!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Well I have some of these going already! Guess I should get out there and get the rest going!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You are quite welcome, Oliversmum! Our garden is not doing well this year! We have had so much rain that my onions, greens and potatoes have rotted in the ground! So far the rest of the garden is doing well. I hope this rain stops soon!

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      oliversmum 2 years ago from australia

      sgbrown Hi. Thank you for all this great information and photographs. We do have a veg.garden,but it is coming on winter here,so not a lot a vege,s to be sown at the moment. Thank,s again. Thumbs up. :) :)

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Patricia! I do love my home grown veggies! Garlic is one of the easiest to grow. Ours has already come back from last year and I even have one growing in my yard where I must have dropped one last year! I hope you get to have a bigger garden when you get into a new place too. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Nothing like home grown veggies....I have never grown garlic. Now I must give it a try as I use it a LOT in cooking.

      Thanks for sharing....hoping to have a bigger garden once I am settled into a new place.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you, Susie! The tomatoes are my favorite and I love to make potato salad out of the fresh red potatoes! Thank you for stopping by once again! I really appreciate all your support!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I do believe you have the 5 best veggies to grow covered here, Sheila. I love all of those fresh vegetables, especially the potatoes and tomatoes.

      Voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Nyamache! I do love planting all the vegetables and watching them pop up from the ground and grow. My family eats much healthier and we do save a lot of money this way. Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      This hub reminds me when I used to take care of our garden. I really enjoyed planting variety of vegetables and the family was able to save money. This is a useful hub. Voted it up!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Audrey! You are very welcome! We use a lot of garlic so it sure comes in handy. Hope yours does well! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a great day!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Oh I love gardening! I want to plant garlic this year---Thank you for this hub!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Diane! Our soil is very rocky, and hard too. The first thing do is I would take a soil sample to your local extension center and find out what the soil is lacking. It's very easy to do. Once you have what it needed, till the soil very well, add some mulch leaves or hay to it, this will help break it up. You might even plant your tomatoes where they don't get late afternoon sun. Our temperatures here get really hot and my tomatoes eventually burned up. Water, water, water. Tomatoes take a lot of water. If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated! (You might want to read my hub...Tips on How to Grow a Vegetable Garden) Have a wonderful day! :)

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      My back yard gets a lot of sun and the soil is rocky and dry. I tried to grow tomatoes and they burned. You got any suggestions as to what I could do?

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello creativelycc! Thank you for your kind words. Spinach, onions and garlic may come back if you till the seeds back in and keep them watered. That may give you so fall produce also. I have to say that this is the first year that I have done NO weeding! If I pulled 10 weeds, I would be surprized. If you will notice the picture, I used mulched leaves to cover my garden with. I was amazed at how weedless my garden was. I was pulling weeds for hours at a time before. I did a hub on the DR Lawn and Leaf Vac that we bought. I will never be with out that vac. We used it to mulch the leaves from spring, it worked extremely well! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      You have a beautiful garden. I never new that spinach and onions would come back when they go to seed, so happy I know that now! Gardening is wonderful, I spent several hours in mine today weeding and cutting some plants down. Great hub!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Patsybell! If I had my choice of only 5 vegetables to grow, it would definitely be these. Thank you for your wonderful comment, vote and sharing. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Love this hub. This is a good choice of 5 vegetables. Love your hubs. Voted up, tweeted, pinned.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Gail Anthony! I am starting my herb garden next spring. I grew some chives this year and would like to try some more herbs. We do grow a lot of garlic, onion and peppers as we use a lot of them in our canning. Good luck with the onions and garlic next year, they are really fairly easy to grow. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated. Nice to meet you too! Have a great day!

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      Gail Anthony 4 years ago

      Good hub, SG. I have a herb garden along with tomatoes and peppers. I;ve never thought about onions and garlic, both of which are heavily used in our kitchen. I think I will gibe them a try next spring. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Patsybell. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for the vote up and tweet too, it is always appreciated! Have a great day!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Love this hub. voted up, tweeted.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello jpcmc! I wish you luck with growing the vegetables in my hub. They all should be quite easy to grow. I have not grown herbs as of yet, but plan on that myself next spring. Thank you for commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I do plan to plant these vegetables. I also want to learn how to plant and care for herbs like parsley and rosemary.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi blairtracy! Glad to hear you already have these veggies in your garden. Just finished making a huge salad with veggies from our garden, sooo good! Thank you for stopping in and reading, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

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      blairtracy 4 years ago from Canada

      Mmm, I have all of these in my garden this year and am very excited to start eating them! Great hub!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Vegas Elias. Yes, growing a garden has saved my family countless dollars at the grocery store and of course home grown is much healthier for you too. Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated. Have a great day!

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      Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

      This is a very useful hub. The suggestions aim at improving the health as well as the finances of those who would implement the suggestions. Self grown vegetables are definitely more healthy because they will definitely be grown and handled more hygienically.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello hardcov. These would be good vegetables to grow in your first garden as they are really easy to grow. Thank you for stoppin by and commenting, it is always appreciated. Welcome to HubPages!

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      hardcov 5 years ago from Vienna, Austria

      I wish I had a garden. If I'll have one then I am going to try these vegetables. Thanks for the hub!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello lrdl3535. Thank you for your kind comment on my hub. Onions and garlic are one of my favorite vegetables to grow as they are easy and are used in so many ways. Thank you for commenting. Have a great day!

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      Richard Lindsay 5 years ago from California

      Good article, garlic and onions are real easy to grow

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Christin S! I love tomatoes! I eat some right off the vine too. I have not tried pickled zucchini or sun drying tomatoes. I would be interested in how you do this. Maybe this could be a good hub for you to write. (If you haven't already, I will have to check.) Thank you for your kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      Good hub! I agree with nothing beating a home grown tomato for sure! We sun dry them and they are fabulous and even more flavorful - the ones we don't eat right off the vine anyway ;). Last year we pickled Zucchini and it was amazing! Definitely a great way to keep that around awhile. Voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello toomuchmint! If you till the seeds under and keep them watered, they should come up early fall. We usually have greens and garlic come back the best. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day! :)

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Great hub, Sheila. The advice on re-seeding is very useful. I'm going to try it on this year's plants. Voted up and useful.

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      seo website 5 years ago

      You made some Good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with sgbrown.hubpages.com

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Great information for people who would like to have a garden and don't know where to start! I grew up on a farm and my mother always had a huge garden, a couple of acres or so. Before I started school I'd always be underfoot while she was planting, tending, and harvesting. There is nothing like fresh peas or corn on the cob from one's garden. New potatoes are so yummy.

      Peas and corn are pretty easy to grow too, as are radishes and leaf lettuce. Your hub really brings back the memories. Wish I could have a garden . . .

      Voted you up, interesting, and useful!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Keeley! I do hope you try again. One of the most important things you can do is to get your soil tested. You would be surprised at the difference that can make. (I wrote a hub on that too.) Thank you for reading, commenting and voting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello spike03. I do love eating what I have grown. I am glad you have found my hub useful. Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Tried to do a vegetable garden last year and wasn't too successful. Your hub is great - nicely written with great explanation! :) Makes me inspired to try again! Voted up and useful!

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      spike03 5 years ago

      I love planting and cooking.. This one serves as a very good source for me.. Thanks :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Angela. I guess our garden is little compared to some. It is about 30 ft by 50 ft. I woouldn't be able to take care of anyting any larger. I love my garden, it is like a treasure hunt every morning when I go out to pick it. Thank you for your wonderful comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Is that a little garden? It looks like a crop in the picture!! LOL I love everything you mentioned! First rate hub!!!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello noenhulk. That is a very interesting question. I will have to do some research on that topic and see about writing a hub on it. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting on my hub, it is greatly appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      noenhulk 5 years ago

      Voted up your hubs. Thanks for sharing. How about a hub on growing vegetables on a pot? What are those that can be grown on pots? I am wondering?

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello oceansider. You are very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. My spinach has already "gone to seed". If I wanted more,(I still have some from last year), I would till it under and keep it watered. I wouldn't get as much as the initial planting, but I would have some come back. Thank you for your kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Loved your article...thanks for the tips about re-growing the garlic and the onions and spinach!

      Voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Peg! Spinach is really easy to grow, but you are going to need quite a few plants to get enough to do any good. It's too late to plant it now, maybe try that next year. One thing I didn't mention, that is so easy is squash. You could find some small plants and put one to two in pots on the porch. They would probably do very well. (If you like squash.) Thank you for stoppin in, reading and commenting, I always enjoy hearing from you! :)

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your tried and true five for the garden are a real good find. At the plant store I always get too ambitious and buy too many varieties. This narrows it down to the basic few ingredients that are used often. I've had good luck growing tomatoes and blueberries in containers on the porch. Spinach sounds really easy. Maybe I'll give that a go.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello CZCZCZ. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for our kind words. Garlic are easy to grow. Why don't you or your wife write a hub on your pasta sauce, I would love to see it. We make our own picante and tomato sauce, but I have not tried pasta sauce. Thank you for your wonderful comment and vote, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Enjoyed reading this hub. Many great ideas for veggies to grow in our home garden. I had never thought of growing our own garlic I don't know why, but just hadn't. Look forward to giving it a try to seeing if we can make 100% our own tomato, garlic, and basil pasta sauce. Voting this hub up, loved it!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi pandula77. You are very welcome! These are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day and good luck with your vegetables! :)

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      Thanks! got some ideas as to how to proceed with my dream of expanding my garden beyond what it's already is. just flowers.....

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Smireles. I am so glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have good luck with your gardening! :)

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      Sandra Mireles 5 years ago from Texas

      I really enjoyed this hub. You are a good writer and have really helpful information. Thanks for the help. I have never been a successful gardener.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Living Well Now. No, I have not grown pole beans. I will definitely have to look into them. My back and I thank you for your suggestion and for your kind comment. :)

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Have you grown pole beans? They're a little easier to harvest for those of us with bad backs and they're prolific to boot. Nice article for beginning gardeners!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I tried to reply to your kind comment earlier, apparently it didn't take. I want to thank you for your kind comment and let you know how much I appreciate you stopping by and reading my hub. Good luck with your garden this year! :)

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I love how you simplified this and broke it down. Wandering through the seed packet shelf at the gardening store I often get lost in the possibilities. While my husband has a few green thumbs I tread cautiously in the garden. My young son and I had great luck with green beans and sunflowers, maybe I will try one of your tried and true five this summer. ~voted up and useful~

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello floors. Being a "massive spinach fan", I think you would really enjoy growing it. There is just something special about growing and eating your own vegetables. Spinach is probably the easiest of all vegetables to grow. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      floors 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting choices. I've always been a massive spinach fan so could be fun to try that in my garden next year.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello AndriyR. Thank you for your kind comment. I didn't like spinach until I grew and cooked my own. I had only the canned goods type and hated it as a child too. If you have never eaten fresh cooked spinach, you might want to try it. Good luck with you garden this year, I think you have made some very good growing choices! Thanks for stopping in, reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      AndriyR 5 years ago

      Thank you for a great hub! We're growing all you're recommending (except for Spinach - not a big fan of it since childhood :) ), to add to the early spring veges we also grow red radish - it is very popular here in central Europe.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello David. I went to the blog, it is awesome. I do love growing my own vegetables. Sounds like you have a wonderful job! I wish more of us would "get back to nature". Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Good luck with your gardening and have a wonderful day! :)

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      David Campeau Jr 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is my first year growing spinach and garlic. So far, both are doing great. We have about 3/4 of an acre of vegetables which is quite a bit! We will be expanding into a full acre for next year. You can see what we are doing here: http://oldschoolfarmers.blogspot.com

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello mrs rao. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I hope you find it useful. Thank you for your comment and vote. Have a great day! :)8

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello hydenz. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I hope you found it useful Thank you for your comment.

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      mrs rao 5 years ago

      Hello...Nice information you have given. Voted up

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub! We just planted our garden yesterday and planed tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, peppermint, rhubarb and pumpkins. We plan to add to it though, so this was helpful!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Haha! Mine is white! What color is yours! :)Thank you for your comment, vote and share! It is always appreciated! Have a great spring. :)

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I will use the child's chair in the bean patch in a couple of weeks. Great Hub voted up and share.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello maxravi. You are so welcome. I am glad you found my hub useful. I wish you and your mom "happy gardening". Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Sgbrown for your points.I mom love gardening , I will give her some tips from your article.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello greatstuff. I am not sure what the weather is like in Malaysia, but the ground needs to be warm for chiles and plenty of sunshine. Try, try again, as they say! :) Thank you for stopping in and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I planted some chilli seeds a month ago and it didn't grow that well..maybe don't have green fingers. Envy you!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Shannon. I'm so glad I was able to help! One of my sons and his wife are starting their first garden this year. Once you eat fresh vegetables out of your own garden, you are going to be hooked! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Shannon Paigah 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Very informative hub! I'm in the process of setting space aside in my yard to grow a garden. Your article was helpful in making several decisions. Thank you.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Susan. You can definitely grow tomatoes in a container. A large pot outside in the full sun would do great. One tomato plant will continue to produce more tomatoes, however, spinach, onions and garlic don't. You would have to plant many plants in containers. Green beans continue to produce, but you need a lot of them to do much good. I would probably just stick to growing tomatoes in a container. Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Can these vegetables be grown in containers? :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Cookware Bliss! Good to hear from you. Thank you for voting and pinning! It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Peggy! I'm sorry you miss your big garden. They are a lot of work, but so well worth it. You got the best covered...tomatoes, peppers are two of my favorites! Thank you for your vote and sharing! You know it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Voted up and pining it :) Thanks for SHARING!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had a huge successful garden in Wisconsin many years ago, and had some luck growing a more limited amount of vegetables at our last house in Houston in some of the garden beds. We have so much shade at this house that I have limited space for growing vegetables. I have many herbs and have a couple of tomato plants, a green pepper plant and just planted some swiss chard and kolrabi seeds a few days ago. Hoping that the area will furnish enough sunlight during the day so that the seeds can mature and grow. I would LOVE a larger garden space with adequate sunlight. Would certainly grow more vegetables! Voted up, useful and will share with my followers.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello ytsenoh. Thank you for your kind words. We didn't have a basement, but my dad use to hang onions and potatoes in burlap sacks in a storage room attached to the house. Thank you so much for your thumbs up and comments, you made my day! Yes, tomato is actually "classifed" as a fruit, but most people think of it as a vegetable. :) Have a wonderful day!

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      SG, good hub with some great gardening ideas. Loved your advice on the spinach. I remember when my dad used to hang garlic in his basement. He was a huge organic gardener and we learned a lot from him. I give you thumbs up because of your idea and the way you presented each vegetable. Is tomato a fruit?

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Thelma. I am glad you found my hub useful. You may also want to check out my How To Grow a Vegetable Garden too. There also be something in there that you find useful. Good luck with your garden! Thank you for stopping by, voting and sharing, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I am planning to grow my own vegetables in our backyard. Thanks for SHARING this hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello WD! Thanks for stopping by. It gets really hot here too, but I have to get past the last freeze first. Maybe next week I can plant my peas. Have a wonderful spring! :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Flickr! These are some of the easiest to grow. We also have, peas, squash, okra, potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers. I love garlic too! Thank you for stopping in, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      'm already started. It gets so hot in the summer, that the veggies don't like it. I had a good time reading the Hub. I am ready to go get dirty now.

      I have a good crop of cow peas every year.

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      Flickr 5 years ago

      Wonderful. I think those are some of the greatest choices to put in your gardens. I am a huge fan of garlic. Voted up and socially shared.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello cebutouristspot! :) If I am correct, you are in the Philllipines. I am not sure how hot it get there, but tomatoes take A lot of water. Onions grow better when the weather is cooler. Your vegetables sound wonderful. I hope your garden does very well this year. Thank you for visiting my hub and your kind comments! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @sgbroiwn you must have a green thumb. As I tried to grow tomato and onion and they died on me :(. I do however have chili, sweet potato, spring onion, Bitter melon, and squash which I just started.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello LABrashear. I am glad to hear from a fellow gardener. We planned on preparing our garden plot this week-end, but it is raining....again! On your garlic, just remember, they don't need to be planted very deep, and keep the soil around them loose. I hope your garden does well this year! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my hub. It is always greatly appreciated! :)

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      So glad I saw this. I love gardening and have a pretty big one, but I have never done well with my garlic. I will try again and see what happens. have you checked out the book Carrots Love Tomatoes? It's by a lady out of OK. I pull it out every year before I get started. Actually, I'm so addicted to gardening I was going to pull it out this week and get started planning. Voted up and sharing. Thanks for the info!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Brett. You are going to want to go ahead and re-plant, but you will get extras by letting them go to seed. Thank you for reading and sharing my hub. Appreciated as always! Have a great night! :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Some good suggestion, especially as many of them will seed themselves, so you will get more each year.

      Voted up, useful and SOCIALLY SHARING.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi peepingtomb! Looks like you have some good choices in your garden also. I love my fresh green beans, but my back doesn't much like the picking! Thank you for your kind comment. Good luck with the gardening! :)

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      peepingtomb 5 years ago

      I have my winter garden in Florida now. Spinach, Kale, Collards and potatoes. You have some great choices here. I've pickled my green beans in the past.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Mandy! It really depends on how hot it gets where you are. You can tell when the spinach needs water as the leaves will start to droop. I would recommend watering the onions then also. Here in southern Oklahoma, we water our garden everyday unless it rains.

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      mandymoreno81 5 years ago

      Garlic and tomatoes are my favorites! My mom plants them in the backyards sometimes and I'll help her dig it up for use in my marinara sauce. Do you know how low maintenance are spinach and onions? Will I have to water everyday?

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Dee! My husband and I have had a garden every year for the last 25 years! That's a lot of gardening. :) Anytime you want a little advice, just let me know. I would be happy to help you! Thanks for the vote up! I will be reciprocating soon! :)

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      I have so much wanted to be able to grow a vegetable garden. My mother had a wonderful garden, both vegetables and flowers, with a few fruit trees. The green thumb did not pass down to me...LOL. All the veggies you mentioned in your hub....I LOVE. Anyway, if there are any miracles left for me out there maybe one of them can be the abilitty to grow wonderful vegetables. Great hub. Voted up and useful.

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