Growing your own vegetables means that you can save a lot of money in the long run and they are organic, especially when you plant in season. But, let’s face it, some produce is a nightmare to grow, and some sprout from the moment you drop them into the soil. And the most straightforward crop does not require much space to grow and harvest. You can start small in containers and then transfer to a broader area, either in your garden or in an allotment. So, what are the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden? Here are 9:
Ok, tomatoes are a fruit. But, they are also very easy to grow in your back garden. Tomato plants can come in two forms, determinate and indeterminate. Determinate plants are compact, and they are great for those who have a small garden or only a small space at home. Indeterminate varieties can grow and produce fruit until the cold kills them. You start by growing the seeds indoors in March on a well-lit windowsill, and then you transfer to the garden in the summer. Tomato plants do well in a greenhouse or a Polytunnel (you can find a domestic Polytunnel from First Tunnels), but they will grow in pots and baskets.
Beans are quite trouble-free to grow, and they mature early. Sow the seeds when the soil starts to warm in the spring, about a week after the last frost date. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart. You then harvest the beans when the pods are young and tender. Pick them often to promote growth.
Cucumbers grow great in the garden during the summer, but you’ll need plenty of space for them to sprout. Slicing cucumbers are great in salads and picking cucumbers are smaller and more mild flavoured. Sow the seeds in the spring and plant about 1 inch deep and 6 – 8 inches apart.
Sow your salad leaves in the summer months, and you’ll be cutting fresh lettuce for your salads in less than a month! They will continue to keep growing too. If you don’t have the space, you can also grow lettuce in containers.
Carrots are easy to grow in the ground, in deep soil and a raised bed. Make sure there is full light, or they might not grow very big. You can grow mini ‘Thumbelina’ carrots in containers if you don’t have space.
Radishes take just 20 days to grow and reach full size, plus they’re very versatile in dishes. You plant the seeds directly into the garden in early spring or late summer, and they are sweetest when harvested young.
Potatoes are great to grow in deep soil and can be planted in late March. However, it’s preferable to plant in early April, so that by late June/July you’ll have new potatoes. You can grow them in patio pots if you don’t have space. Buy seed potatoes from a garden centre rather than a grocery store as those are the ones that are free from chemicals.
Garlic is super easy to grow, and you only need a small amount of preparation to ensure a great harvest. Plant the garlic 6 to 8 weeks before your estimated hard frost date in the autumn. Garlic bulbs grow individually from the cloves, so separate the cloves and then plant the garlic 6 inches apart and 4 inches deep. Water them well.
Like tomatoes, bell pepper plants are widely available and are really easy to grow. You can find starter bell pepper plants available in home improvement stores. Peppers require full sun and nutritious soil to increase, so make sure you plant when the frost has passed.
It may be a bit too cold to start planting your veg now, but by spring, you will have the tools and the know how you need to potentially have 9 new vegetables growing in your garden by the summer. And you don’t need masses of space if you don’t have it. Start the process in pots/containers and then transfer your plants to the garden or a special allotment to watch them sprout. Most produce will require the frost to have passed before planting, so start planning what you want to grow now so that you’re ready by spring to plant your veg and build your own supply at home.
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