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Three Easy to Grow Vegetables

Updated on February 18, 2013
Spinach is an easy to grow vegetable.
Spinach is an easy to grow vegetable. | Source
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Easy to Grow Vegetables

These three easy to grow vegetables can be grown in almost any type of soil and like cool weather, so they're appropriate for most gardening zones. All can be started directly in the garden from seeds, and are also inexpensive to grow, too. They're also fast-growing vegetables, which is another plus when you're starting a new garden and want to see results, fast.

Choose the Spot for Your Garden

Before we talk about these easy to grow vegetables, make sure you have two things; full sunlight and good soil.

Light Needed for Vegetable Gardens

Full sunlight is defined as six or more hours per day of bright, direct sunshine. Direct sunshine is when the sunlight actually touches the ground without any interference from other buildings, garages, sheds, big trees, fences and things like that. Even if the area you want to use for your garden seems to have direct sunlight in the wintertime, think about spring and summer, the prime growing months. Will a big maple or oak tree or another deciduous tree grow leaves that will eventually shade the area? If so, look for another spot to plant your garden.

Think about starting a vegetable garden in pots, planters or containers if you don't have enough space in the ground where you can plant a garden, or the light where you have room to grow a garden directly in the ground isn't strong enough. All of these suggestions for easy to grow vegetables can be grown in pots, containers, planters or even window boxes!

Soil

Good soil is the key to healthy plants, and that includes healthy vegetables. If you are starting your vegetable garden in the ground in your backyard, find a local place to have you soil tested. Soil testing provides you with information about the soil in your yard such as the soil pH, and if you go to the local Cooperative Extension office, they will also provide recommendations and instructions on how to improve the soil so that your vegetable garden will have a better chance of surviving and thriving.

Always have the soil tested before you plant your vegetables. If you have to add any amendments such as compost, lime or fertilizer to the soil after receiving the results of the soil test, it's difficult to impossible to add them after your vegetable seeds have sprouted. Adding them before planting seeds gives them time to work into the soil, so that by the time your seeds sprout, they will have a better place to grow.

Three Easy to Grow Vegetables

The following easy to grow vegetables can all be started from seeds. Purchase seeds in the late winter for the best selection. Read the back of the seed package for instructions on how to plant them and when to plant them in your area. Follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Lettuce: Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. You can grow many tasty varieties of lettuce: Romaine, red leaf, green leaf, even fancy chef varieties. Try planting a row of lettuce, waiting a week, and planting another group of seeds. This ensures that you'll have a continuous supply of lettuce rather than a big harvest all at once. Lettuce doesn't store well for long periods of time in the refrigerator, so it's better to harvest and enjoy it fresh from the garden. You can grow lettuce in the garden soil, in pots or containers.
  2. Radishes: Radishes are not only easy to grow, but they grow quickly, too. Plant them in the cool weather for best tastes and eat them while they are still rather small and young. Like lettuce, it's better to plant a few radish seeds, wait a week, and plant more so that you can harvest fresh radishes for a few weeks rather than deal with a huge harvest all at once.
  3. Chard or Spinach: Both chard and spinach are also very easy to grow vegetables. You can grow fresh spinach in pots or containers to enjoy in a salad, but if you want to grow enough to harvest and cook for a meal, you will need a larger area of ground. Both grow quickly and like cool weather.

Easy to grow vegetables for warm or hot weather include green beans, cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini. All can be grown from seeds sown directly into the garden soil. Like radishes, zucchini and squash grow very quickly, and are great for gardening with children since they seem to grow overnight! It won't take long before you'll have plenty of fresh vegetables.

Easy to Grow Vegetables

Vegetable
Garden Ideas
Green Beans
Bush type easier to grow. Start from seeds. Warm weather.
Lettuce
All types easy to grow. Start from seeds. Cool weather.
Chard
Start from seeds. Cool weather.
Radish
All types easy to grow. Start from seeds. Cool weather.
Cucumbers
Bush type takes up less space. Start from seeds. Warm weather.
Zucchini
Needs room to grow. Fast growing. Prolific. Start from seeds. Warm or hot weather.
Summer Squash
Needs room to grow. Fast growing. Prolific. Start from seeds.
Easy Vegetables to Grow in the Average Home Garden

Tips for Growing Great Vegetables

In addition to making sure that vegetables have adequate bright sunlight and the right soil conditions, here are a few more tips for growing great vegetables.

  • Water: Make sure that vegetables are well-watered. Using soaker hoses is a smart and economical way to water. A soaker hose or drip irrigation hose is a flexible hose that has tiny holes along its length. Instead of water squirting out the end like a typical garden hose, it drips out of the holes. You lay it on the ground around the base of plants and let the water drip to the roots of the plants. You use less water and it is better for plants. It keeps their leaves dry yet waters them thoroughly.
  • Fertilizer: Fertilizer may or may not be necessary. You can add compost before planting vegetables to give your vegetable plants a boost.
  • Plant Labels: Use plant markers or labels to identify where you've planted your seeds. Otherwise you may forget where they are and dig them up by accident.
  • Weeds: Weeds aren't just ugly. They also take water and food away from the plants you want to grow, such as your vegetables. Weed by hand whenever possible by pulling out weed plants. Don't compost weeds; you may accidently add weed seeds to the compost pile.

Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and start your very first vegetable garden. There's something enormously satisfying about planting seeds on a cool spring day and harvesting a lunchtime salad a few weeks later. With sunshine, soil, water and seeds, your garden will grow in no time at all.

Radishes are easy to grow vegetables.
Radishes are easy to grow vegetables. | Source

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      This hub is very useful. I planted few radish seeds. But did not have the patience to wait for more than two weeks.

      Finally ended up eating the leaves

      Thanks for sharing this

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Thanks for sharing this useful info on easy-to-grow veggies. I hope to start a lettuce table as soon as possible in the spring. Here that means late March. Since I live in a wooded area, I have to use my small amount of full sunshine very carefully. That means movable containers and vertical layering techniques. Fences are a must, otherwise the critters tend to use my plants as their own personal salad bowl!

      Voted Up, Useful and Interesting. Nice job

      Pearl

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