Having a garden and growing your own food is rewarding, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or just want to take things easy, there are plenty of vegetables you can grow without much effort.
When choosing plants for your garden, pay special attention to your personal preferences. Choose plants you’ll eat and enjoy — this helps make gardening worthwhile, regardless of how big your harvest is.
Spinach is a fast-growing plant and is harvestable within 50 days. Growing spinach at home is handy for having a continuous supply of tender salad.
While kale is suitable for spring gardens, it’s fantastic for fall gardens as it tends to be more tender. Dwarf kale can be grown inside all year long.
Arugula is one of the best beginner plants because of how fast it grows. Depending on the variety, you can plant and harvest arugula within 40 days.
While they don’t require much attention while growing, shell peas require a bit more work to prepare for consumption.
Bush beans spread horizontally but still may need some support. Bush beans are a good starter plant for children.
Pole beans help to save space. However, they need support to be able to trellis and grow properly.
These hardy peppers do especially well in warm climates. Other easy varieties to grow include bell, poblano and habanero peppers.
Roma tomatoes are versatile and easygoing. Tomatoes are a yummy addition to salsa gardens and can be companion planted.
Potatoes are grown from seed potatoes rather than actual seeds. This makes them especially easy to handle.
While they may not be everyone’s favorite flavor, beets are fairly easy to grow. They also come in many colors, from golden to “beet red.”
Radishes are a simple beginner vegetable because they’re hardy. If you decide to grow radishes, choose a variety suited to your family’s taste — some varieties can be very spicy.
Carrots’ popularity makes them a smart starting point for gardeners. However, make sure to keep the young plants consistently damp until they have fully germinated.
Other easy-to-grow vegetables
Bunching or green onions are fast and easy to grow. Depending on the variety you choose, they can also be continually harvested.
Cucumbers are a suitable beginner trellising plant. Choose a variety based on what you want to use it for, such as pickling.
Crookneck squash is notoriously easy to grow and, if you aren’t careful, will happily take over your garden.