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5 Great Vegetables To Grow At Home

Updated on February 14, 2012

I recommended earlier that you avoid growing veggies that are always available at your local grocery store. If you can find good quality, inexpensive vegetables, maybe you should skip growing it and just buy it instead. Sometimes though, it's not easy to find good quality vegetables for purchase. If there is a big difference between the quality you could grow versus the vegetables you could buy, this creates the perfect chance to save some money while eating tastier home grown vegetables.

One of the most fun things I love about growing vegetables is that you can really pick and choose what you want to grow in any given garden. You don't have to listen to other people about exactly what to grow, but you can certainly learn a thing or two about the best vegetables to grow at home by following the advice of experienced gardeners!

More About Vegetable Gardens

A vegetable garden (also known as a vegetable patch or vegetable plot) is a garden that exists to grow vegetables and other plants useful for human consumption, in contrast to a flower garden that exists for aesthetic purposes. It is a small-scale form of vegetable growing. A vegetable garden typically includes a compost heap, and several plots or divided areas of land, intended to grow one or two types of plant in each plot. It is usually located to the rear of a property in the back garden or back yard. Many families have home kitchen and vegetable gardens that they use to produce food. In World War II, many people had a garden called a 'victory garden' which provided food to families and thus freed up resources for the war effort.

With worsening economic conditions and increased interest in organic and sustainable living, many people are turning to vegetable gardening as a supplement to their family's diet. Food grown in the back yard consumes little if any fuel for shipping or maintenance, and the grower can be sure of what exactly was used to grow it. Organic horticulture, or organic gardening, has become increasingly popular for the modern home gardener.

There are many types of vegetable gardens. The potager, a garden in which vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown together, has become more popular than the more traditional rows or blocks.

Read more at the wikipedia article!


My Favorite Vegetables To Grow!

From here on out, I'll have a list of my favorite vegetables to grow in my home gardens. Each one will discuss why I like it in particular!

Tomatoes

According to the poll above, tomatoes are the most popular fruit/vegetable to grow at home. Although technically a fruit, its savory nature leads to this little beauty being considered a vegetable by most people. Tomatoes found in stores are usually picked nearly green and then ripened artificially. Commercial gardeners do this to ensure they are tough enough to survive shipping without being smashed, and so they last longer on the shelves. As you probably know, store bought tomato quality can be very poor, making this is a very good choice for growing at home. Tomatoes are the most popular choice for vegetable gardeners, because they probably have the most noticeable difference over store bought.

Grow Lettuce At Home

You likely won't notice much of a difference between iceberg lettuce you buy at a store compared to what you can grow at home. However, if you grow leaf lettuce (or other fancy lettuces) at home, they are usually sweeter and crispier. Plus, exotic lettuces can often be very expensive - but not if you grow them yourself.

Freshest Carrots Grown At Home

I have always thought that store bought carrots can be bitter, woody, and tough. I don't usually buy organic carrots, but have heard that that they can still be bitter since they are kept too cool for too long. However, I have never tasted a home grown carrot that I did not thoroughly enjoy! Your own fresh carrots are very sweet and tasty.

I promise you - it is hard to be disappointed by home grown carrots! They are one of my overall favorite vegetables to grow in my home garden!

Pea Seeds For Home Gardening

Fresh peas can be very hard to find. You will usually find that canned peas are mushy, frozen peas are slightly better, but fresh peas are by far the best! Tiny baby peas are delicate, delicious, and sweet. They are well worth the effort to grow in your own garden.

When you grow peas in your home garden, you don't need lots of room but you do need to figure out if they are bunching kind or if they need a trellis to grow on (if they are vine-like). Just search for the specific type of peas you are trying to grow.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Whether red, yellow, or green, peppers from the store can be shriveled, soft, or even rotten. If you want non-standard varieties, you'll pay even more money! My local grocery store usually charges more than $3 each for regular red peppers. Now, I grow my own and save money while having fresher tasting peppers.

One thing I love about peppers that are home grown are how crisp and fresh they are when you pick them right before you plan on eating them. Best of all - they don't need much room at all and can produce lots of fruit for you!

What can you add to this list?

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    • clefty profile imageAUTHOR

      clefty 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks!!! Maybe try the square foot gardening book? It has great tips on gardening in VERY small spaces :)

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