8 Easiest Vegetables to Grow Even If You Don’t Know Anything About Gardening
Raising a garden offers many benefits to the gardener.
It is much healthier to grow your own food. You are fully aware of what has gone into the product and know what you are eating.
Raising a garden also saves a lot of money.
Many are intimidated to take on the task, but starting a garden can be simple if you grow the right crops. There are many that yield a great product and don’t require a ton of work.
There are many types of lettuce that can be grown. You can grow leaf lettuce which is great for a mixed green salad.
You can also grow head lettuce such as Romaine or Iceberg.
The seeds can be found at most any general store and are very inexpensive. You also have the option of picking up lettuce plants at your local nursery.
Lettuce is a cool weather plant so it can be planted in early spring or fall. Lettuce seedlings can actually handle a little bit of frost. As long as the temperatures don’t dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit then the plants should do just fine.
If by some chance the temperatures do drop or if you experience some snow, just cover the plants with plastic or a sheet, and they should be fine. Lettuce can actually be grown year round in a cold frame greenhouse because of its hardiness in cold weather.
What makes lettuce so easy beyond the fact that it is cold resistant, is that it can be direct sown. When first learning how to garden, starting your own seeds can be a difficult task.
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Planting items that can be directly sown makes planting a lot easier. Just be sure to go over where you directly sowed a few weeks later. You’ll notice that some areas probably have too many plants clustered together.
It is important to thin a few of those out so the plants have room to grow.
The key to lettuce is that you can plant small crops at a time and keep fresh lettuce coming in for months. This technique also keeps you from being overrun with too much lettuce at once.
It is a good idea to plant a fresh crop of lettuce every two to three weeks during the growing season.
Planting chives or garlic between lettuce crops will help with keeping pests off of your crops as well.
Be sure to plant your lettuce in well-drained soil with compost. It will be ready to harvest when the lettuce appears full grown. It is best to harvest lettuce early in the morning.
As the day goes on the sun will cause your lettuce leaves to go limp which is not prime for picking.
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Harvest time 65-80 days (depending on type) Ideal temperatures 45-75 °F Planting time Spring, Fall Spacing 6-18 inches (depending on type) Germination time 2-15 days Light preferences Sun or partial shade Best companion Carrots, radishes, beetroot 2. Spinach
Spinach is a very easy crop to grow.
It is much like growing loose leaf lettuce. You will need to plant it in well-drained soil with compost. It can be planted in full sun or light shade. It is best to direct sow spinach.
When you plant your spinach seeds, you will need to go through and thin where you planted a few weeks later. Just be sure to remove any area where you see clusters appear.
Spinach can be planted year round in most climates as it is very cold weather friendly. It can actually survive in weather as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Harvest time 40-50 days Ideal temperatures 35-75 °F Planting time Spring, Fall Spacing 8 inches Germination time 6-21 days Light preferences Sun or partial shade Best companion Cabbage family, strawberry 3. Green beans
Green beans are a simple plant to grow with an abundant harvest. They are another plant that you will need to direct sow.
There are many different types of green beans so you’ll need to decide what you are looking for. Some people love half runners. They are very tender beans, but they literally run along a vine.
You’ll need to be sure to grow these along a homemade trellis for easier picking.
You can get an idea of how to make a trellis here.
If you decide to plant half runners be advised they have strings. This means when you pick them and are going to fix them to eat you will have to string them.
You can learn how to do that from this video: