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Want to stretch out time between your grocery shopping trips while still enjoying fresh produce with your staples? Now is the perfect time to start a backyard garden. These hearty fruits and vegetables are easy to grow, whether you have a green thumb or not.

1) Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a beginner gardener favorite because they’re high yield (that means plenty left over for canned sauces), they can grow in small spaces, and they’re easy to grow from seed. Grow tomatoes anywhere they’ll get a lot of sunlight, and plant some basil next to them for a natural pest repellent and the beginnings of a caprese salad.

100 Pieces Mixed Tomato Seeds available from Amazon

Live Basil Plant available from Amazon 

2) Lettuce

Since it’s one of the first items of produce to go bad from the store, lettuce is one of the best edible plants to grow at home. Pot it in a shady area and pick off leaves as needed. You’ll have fresh salad all spring long.

Butterhead Lettuce 1000 Seeds available from Amazon

3) Strawberries

Strawberries are a great fruit to grow at home since they come back year after year. Strawberries love sun and room, so pick a bright spot and a large container and you’ll be rewarded.

Everbearing Strawberry Bare Root Plants available from Amazon

4) Cucumbers

Cucumbers do well in containers and love climbing up toward the sun, so they’re a great option for urban gardeners who don’t have a ton of space to spread out. They also grow like weeds, so you’ll have plenty of cucumbers for salads and pickling.

Green Dutch Cucumber Seeds available from Amazon

5) Blackberries or Raspberries

Caneberries like blackberries and raspberries come back annually, so investing in these plants is worth your effort. Fortunately, they’re an easy pick for beginner gardeners. Plant your blackberries or raspberries with a trellis for higher yield and vertical growth, and prune back any old or unproductive branches.

Thornless Blackberry Plant available from Amazon