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Organic Home Vegetable Garden: Five Top Crops

Updated on April 14, 2011

Organic Home Vegetable Garden

Organic is the only way to garden. It does not matter whether you grow flowers, herbs or vegetables what does matter is how you grow what you grow.

What does make a difference is why you garden. If you are growing roses or cut flowers for example, your goal is to produce beautiful and healthy plants. You are not necessarily aiming for maximum yield, in fact you may not be thinking about yield at all.

However, if you are growing vegetables to supplement your family’s food supply then yield is important.

If the space you have for the organic vegetable garden is limited then you want to focus your efforts on growing plants that will require a minimum amount of fuss, and yield a reasonable quantity of food. The following five plants will enrich your menu, and while they do need some attention, they are not overly demanding.

The five top crops for the home vegetable organic garden are and this is not in order of importance: leaf lettuces, radishes, snow peas, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The snow peas, cucumbers and tomatoes can all be grown vertically in containers if your space is limited or if you simply do not want to bend over to tend them.

Leaf lettuce is a lettuce with an open growth habit, which forms loose clusters of leaves rather than a tight head of lettuce, red leaf lettuce is an example.

Leaf lettuces reach maturity before other lettuces and are ideal for the short season garden. I like growing several plants that are early producers, because where I live the winter is long and begins in the fall and drags into spring so having something fresh from my own garden as soon as possible is most welcome.

This is why I also grow radishes. Radishes can reach maturity in 28 days. This means I have something that I grew something fresh and healthy quite early in the growing season.

Snow peas are great in a stir fry served with rice or make a great addition to a salad. In fact, all these vegetables can be combined in a number of ways for salads.

Cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce make a fine sandwich. Cucumbers are one of the foods that remind me of my youth and a garden just would not be complete without them.

Tomatoes can be grown up trellises and in tomato cages stuck into a container. You can grow quite a few cherry tomatoes in a container that is 24 inches across and at least 18 inches deep.

If you need to keep it simple then the five top crops for the home vegetable organic garden are leaf lettuces, radishes, snow peas, tomatoes and cucumbers.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Celery is an important food, happy growing and thanks for dropping by

  • DeborahNeyens profile image

    Deborah Neyens 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    Great hub. I am passionate about my organic vegetable garden. When deciding what new things to grow, I reference the "dirty dozen" list of vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides when grown non-organically. Celery is always near the top of the list so this year I tried growing celery for the first time. It was a wonderful adddition to the garden and I will definitely make space for it in coming years!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you and thanks for visiting.

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    David Stillwell 

    7 years ago from Sacramento, California

    What a Beautiful hub!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the kind words and for dropping by

  • elegantmacabre profile image


    8 years ago from Lawton Oklahoma

    Super great hub!I know alot of people who live in places with short growing season's can get frusterated because they can grow a huge array of food plants.But if you focus on what you can grow then you can master that and move on later to harder plants.

    Not to mention start the fast grower's and slow grower's at the same time and u can be rewarded while u wait for the other's to mature..

    I enjoyed your hub alot!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Marie Giunta 

    8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    With an Italian heritage I grew up with a vege patch in our backyard and my parents still have a great garden today which produces organic vegetables for all of us. Great hub thanks Bob.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening, thanks for dropping by.

  • 49lart profile image


    8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

    I am going to start growing some vegetables this year.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • Jennifer profile image


    8 years ago

    Great hub, we grow all those things and more. I can't wait to start planting.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

  • daisyjae profile image


    8 years ago from Canada

    Awesome tips thank you.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks HH,

    Cate, beetroot is another useful and tasty plants, there are so many.

    Thanks K2 and thank you all for dropping by.

  • katiem2 profile image


    8 years ago from I'm outta here

    I LOVE it! I can't wait, being a Vegan I raise all organic, veggies, blue berries, black berries, raspberries, grapes, peaches and strawberries. Great Hub! :)Peace

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    Cate Ferguson 

    8 years ago

    Bob you have done it again. Right now it's late Summer here and we are heading into our main harvesting season. I read your list of the top 5 crops and I just could taste their fresh flavours and life giving energy. I could eat them every single day.

    My other favourite is beetroot. I love them roasted, grated and juiced. The green tops make another great addition to salads too. They are easy to grow, don't get any pests in my garden and you can start harvesting as soon as they are big enough to pop into your mouth!

    Nice hub and thanks for sharing.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for such a great hub with many great tips.


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