I love vegetable gardening, and I’m fortunate enough to have the space to do it. However, I know that many people don’t have a lot of time or space. Others simply don’t have a green thumb so they’re afraid to start a vegetable garden. Almost nothing is more exciting than growing your own food, and fortunately just about anyone can do it. Based on my experience this year planting over 30 crops, these are my top five picks for the veggies that are easiest to grow.
There’s a phrase that runs around the agricultural community (or at least it used to) that says you can “hear the corn grow”. I didn’t understand that phrase until I started growing corn. If you want something that is easy to grow and fast growing, as well, corn is your crop. Make sure you have about seven feet of vertical space for each plant, though, as corn grows quite tall.
By far cherry tomatoes are among the easiest crops to grow. The best part about growing cherry tomatoes is that they will grow almost anywhere. I have cherry tomatoes growing in pots, I have some growing in the ground that were purchased as starts, and I have some growing very close together that I started from seeds. As long as you keep them watered and provide them with sunlight, you can pretty much grow cherry tomatoes whenever and wherever you want. Be sure to pick up a stick of some kind, though, or an actual trellis because the plant will grow upwards.
I love growing peas mainly because they’re so easy to grow. They take awhile to sprout, but once they’re above ground they grow like crazy. I grow my peas so that the seeds are almost touching each other in the ground. I know most people don’t recommend you plant your vegetables that close, but in the case of peas I think it helps them stay strong, since they grow in a bush-like form when they’re close together. I have also heard some people say that growing peas close together produces a higher yield.
Green beans are also relatively easy to grow. I literally went out to my flower beds in the backyard, threw seeds on the ground, and covered them with some Miracle-Gro. Since then all I’ve done is keep them watered, and they’re growing extremely fast. In fact, I think every single one of the seeds took. If you want fast growing, high yielding, low maintenance vegetables, green beans are one of your best picks.
I’m quickly finding that anything that grows underground is pretty easy to grow, so long as you have outdoor space (or some very large pots) to grow them in. Root vegetables would include anything like carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, and to some extent onions (such as sweet onions). I’ve put seeds out for all of the above (except the onions, which I planted as starts) and they are growing very quickly. I would suggest direct seeding these as opposed to starting them in a pot, however; my transplanted root veggies aren’t doing as well as the direct seeded ones.
There you have it – my top five picks for the easiest vegetables to grow. I think everyone should grow something at least once, even if it’s a small plant in one container on a windowsill. I absolutely love vegetable gardening, and being able to harvest something you grew from a seed or a start is a really amazing thing. There’s nothing like the flavor of home grown vegetables, and since these varieties are so easy to grow I think you should try them out as soon as you can. Happy gardening!