Easy To Grow List | Starting a Garden

This Easy To Grow Vegetable List will help get you started off right with growing the most abundant and low-maintenance vegetables for a veggie garden.

What a difference a year makes. This month marks my official first year in the gardens. Some may know this already but it’s the only garden I have ever had in my life. I have never attempted to grow a single thing and yet here I am, dead set on growing as much of our food as I can manage.

It all began with a zucchini plant bursting through the dirt late one July afternoon. This humble beginning set off a deeply rooted desire in me to grow more. Slowly I added to the list, but if I am being honest, I favor the easier items to grow. I don’t like fussing too much in my garden. So I rely heavily on the things that want to grow here and with ease.

Creating a Space for your Garden

Having a great easy-to-grow list ready comes in handy but it does nothing unless you have the right garden space to grow your garden in.

For me, it all started here in this patchy, weeded, and overgrown yard. A place that had me overwhelmed to care for and at a loss for growing any grass with the density of the trees shading out all hope for it.

Once these trees were removed, I could create the space I needed for the garden I had been dreaming of. Though you might not be in the position to remove trees or want to for that matter. Securing a sunny side of your house, patio, or balcony can be just as beautiful and effective to grow your garden. Find a sunny spot free from pets that may trample your plants and one that has access to water.

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easy to grow garden spaces

Easy To Grow Vegetables

When it comes to vegetables you want to grow it is important to choose ones that you will actually eat. I can’t tell you how many times I have grown something that went to waste. Now, this might sound like a no-brainer but there is something about when you start.

It can be tempting to fill your garden cart with varieties of things you’ve never eaten and drive home excited to get them into the ground. When you make your selection, carefully think them over. Are they vegetables you and your family will eat? A silly question I know, but it’s worth mentioning.

Easy to Grow Vegetables

These vegetables enjoy a sunny area and require regular watering. By using a good compost or vegetable fertilizer, and rich soil and ensuring the plants are watered regularly. You will be well on your way to enjoying home grown vegetables by the basket full.

  • Zucchini
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Lettuce 
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Swiss Chard
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Easy to Grow Herbs

Growing herbs from seed are simple and growing them from plant starts from the local nursery is even easier. Whichever way you choose to grow your herbs, keep in mind most herbs like a lot of water. Grow better with certain herbs than others and offer a cut-and-come dynamic to the garden. So position your herb garden in a sunny area with access to water and a quick walk from your kitchen.

  • Basil
  • Italian Parsley
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Garlic
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
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Harvesting Your First Veggies

Harvesting things like potatoes are so satisfying. It is like a treasure hunt in the dirt. We recently harvested our first batch of fresh potatoes.

Digging them up alongside my daughter is another aspect that speaks to me as a mother and her teacher. I want her to know and understand the value of good food. Where it comes from and why it’s important to nourish your body with whole foods cooked from scratch rather than a package. 

girl with shovel harvesting potatoes that are easy to grow

Each of these is one that I have grown straight from potato seed. By simply placing them in good soil and watering consistently. It is only a matter of days before they arise from the dirt.

Bringing in baskets of freshly cut zucchini, herbs, and kale among other veggies is a delight that even amateur gardeners can take part in.

Securing a sunny spot in your yard, watering your plants regularly, and sticking to these easy-to-grow veggies will ensure your garden’s success.

Final Thoughts

Having a garden, even a small one adds to the beauty of summer and creates seasonal satisfaction for the warmer days. I encourage you to get your hands in the soil and sow a few seeds for tomorrow no matter the size of your space.

Happy Gardening!

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