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5 Easy Vegetables To Grow At Home

Updated on February 23, 2010

Are you planning to grow some vegetables at home this year? Vegetable gardening allows you to get the freshest veggies possible right from your own back yard. So please stop paying outrageous supermarket prices for sub-par produce, and start growing your own for a fraction of the cost. If your new to gardening, and haven't quite developed a green thumb yet, don't worry! I've made a list of 5 easy vegetables to grow at home, so check it out, and let's get growing!

Green Beans

Green Bean plants grow very aggressively and require little maintenance, leaving little wonder why it is one of the most popular vegetables found in home gardens. These plants will produce an abundance of delicious green beans, which can be cooked or eaten raw in salads and for snacking.

There are lots of varieties to choose from, all of which fall into one of the following two categories.

  • Pole Beans: Pole beans can grow to heights of up to 8 feet, which means unlike Bush varieties they will require proper support such as poles, strings or trellises for which to climb. Pole beans will continue providing a steady output of green beans throughout the growing season. Harvesting beans is easy, as you will just pick a few beans at a time as they ripen.
  • Bush Beans: Bush varieties typically grow to heights of only about 1 foot, making it a suitable candidate for container gardens. A bush variety plant will not require any staking or support, and is really an easy vegetable to grow at home.

Zucchini

If you have ever planted zucchini or another squash variety in your garden, than you already know how easily it grows. Zucchini plants can easily be started from seed sowed directly outdoors, and will rapidly produce beautiful, large, delicious crops. Just be prepared to share your fresh produce with your friends and neighbors, because soon you will have zucchini coming out the wazoo! Don't worry though, that's a good thing, and your friends will be thanking you for sharing the fruits of your garden with them!

Peppers

Peppers are one of those vegetables that are so easy to grow at home that it is almost fool-proof. From sweet peppers like the "Sweet Banana" to fiery hot types like the "Habanero", peppers come in nearly all shapes, sizes and colors. The nearly endless list of possibilities makes pepper growing a fun and popular pastime to backyard gardeners.

I enjoy growing hot peppers like the "Red Tabasco" which I use in recipes to spice up my favorite dishes such as chile, salsa, and buffalo wings. Most gardeners will try a few different pepper varieties each year to find their favorites, as each has it's own unique flavor.

Choose from a wide selection of pepper seeds and plants available online at Dave's Pepper Garden Supply Store

Broccoli

Broccoli, much like cauliflower will thrive in cooler temperatures. It is an easy vegetable to grow at home, as long as you plant it at the right time. Broccoli can be easily grown from seeds sowed directly into your garden. For an early harvest, sow broccoli seeds as early in the spring as possible (as soon as your soil can be worked). For a late or second harvest in the fall, you may sow seeds late in the summer when temperatures have begun to fall. Broccoli will thrive in most soil conditions, eliminating the need for fertilization unless your soil PH level is extremely poor. Broccoli plants are pretty hardy, and will survive a few light frosts. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures (80 degrees and higher) may result in bitter tasting broccoli come harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes

It's no secret that tomatoes are the most widely grown vegetables (uhhh...okay maybe fruits) in home gardens. Tomatoes can be used in tons of recipes from salads to pasta sauces, and can be frozen or canned to be used in winter months to make fresh tomato soup, salsa, tomato paste and much more. Cherry tomatoes are the easiest variety of tomato for beginners to grow. You can start cherry tomato seeds indoors, sow them directly into your garden, grow them in containers on your porch, or even keep them in the kitchen as a house plant. These bite sized treats can be eaten whole and are delicious in salads and for snacking. Be sure to check in with expert tomato grower Dave Cald at his website; The Tomato Gardener for tips and tricks to help you grow the best tomatoes possible.

Do you know of any other easy vegetables to grow at home? Please let us know. Do you have a question or comment? Please leave a message below, your feedback is highly appreciated. Good luck in the garden, and have a great summer!

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    • Dave Cald profile image

      Dave Cald 

      7 years ago

      Polly, I'll have to try that for my tomato plants. I go away to the shore for a few days each summer, and relying on my dogsitter to take care of my veggies is like holding breath underwater, and I smoke Marlboro Reds!

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      I have always grown regular tomatoes just up against the house anywhere I have lived and they do great and I get different kinds like beef steak, early girl, etc. So crazy, the one thing I have so much trouble to grow good are onions. I watched my mom and dad grow them for years and they hardly even covered them and they grew so good but the only luck I have ever had is forgetting I planted some and they were growing great and young as if they had only been planted a couple weeks and that was just before Christmas. I think I am an over nurturer. lol... Oh, and fresh mowed grass does wonders for tomato plants to keep roots almost always moist.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      The snow that global warming has dumped on us here in the deep south has us thinking about spring gardening. We grow herbs to go with our vegetables. They are easy and help fight destructive bugs. Thanks for the good tips!

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