Easy to Grow Veggies

We compiled a list of the easiest vegetables to grow, so that anyone can have success.

Carrots

Carrots are ready for harvest when their tops breach the soil line. Scarlet Nantes, Danvers Half Long and Sweet Treat are three varieties to try.

Green Beans

There are many different kinds of beans, but “broad beans” are one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate. Bush beans are more productive, but broad beans are easier to manage. Pole beans, while easy to grow, also need a trellis. Beans freeze and can extremely well, too!

Salad greens

Cut and come again salad greens are harvested small and can grow in shallow flower boxes. Plant spinach seeds in March since the last snows don’t hurt them. Add blood meal (nitrogen) to the top 2 inches of soil. Drop the seeds the proper distance apart. Sprinkle compost over the seeds. Start by harvesting spinach leaves individually leaving roots intact.

Lettuce is a large category of veggies that includes micro-greens (tender young lettuce greens), head lettuces, leaf lettuces. They are easy to grow and maintain. Do successive seed planting every two weeks to space out your harvest.

Cucumbers

Give cucumber ample space to stretch their roots. Try smaller varieties to make your own homemade pickles. Avoid planting cucumbers until all danger of frost has passed. Trellis tips on page 18.

Tomatoes

With a little water and a lot of sun, tomato plants will bear fruit all summer long. Most people prefer to buy starter plants from garden centers to save time. Tomatoes are fragrant and nutrient-rich. The taste of a freshly picked homegrown tomato is a joy.

Growing cherry tomatoes is easier than growing large tomatoes. (1) They ripen in small batches throughout the season. (2) You don’t have to protect them from squirrels.
(3) They don’t require as much careful pruning of excess foliage as large tomato plants need.

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Bell Peppers

They make a crunchy additive to salads, add a pop of color to soups and act as a nutritious complement to kabobs.

Summer Squash

Squash is a high-yielding plant, so you will probably only need a few to feed an entire family. Squash plants dislike the wind, so be sure that your plot has some protection. Harvest when the plants are about eight to 10 inches long. Don’t plant squash and cucumbers in same bed. The huge squash leaves bury the smaller cucumber leaves.

Basil

You can grow basil in pots, in the ground, in raised beds and indoors on a sunny windowsill. Plant seedlings or sow seeds directly into the garden in early June in a sunny, well-drained area. Pick large leaves first. Pick off the tiny flowers to keep the plant producing longer. Dry the leaves for year round
cooking and salads.