More people are planting their own veggies as a way to supply healthy, nutritious food to their families. And why not? Growing your own food is fun and easy to do as well as highly rewarding. Whether it’s a large garden in your backyard or a few pots on the patio, you can save some money and feed your family high-quality food.
Here are some of our favorite fast and easy-to grow veggies … no green thumb necessary!
These little beauties are simple to plant and you can easily grow them in containers. Sow your seeds thinly, and water gently. Then place in a sunny location and water about once a week or when needed. Radishes are super-quick growers and will reward you with harvests in just a few weeks. You can replant over and over again during the cool months, and even into the warmer months with enough water and shade. They are rich in potassium, folic acid, and magnesium. Add them to your salads and enjoy!
Another favorite of beginning gardeners! The carrot is easy and fun to grow. Kids especially love to grow them and pluck them out of the soil at harvest time. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. Sow your seeds about an inch deep in a raised bed or container for best results. Good drainage is the only “requirement” carrots really need. Water lightly. Water about once a week or when needed as the soil dries out. You can periodically scrape back the soil with your finger to see how thick your carrots are getting before you decide to harvest them. Young, tender carrots often give some of the best flavor!
There are few things healthier for you than spinach! It’s a quick crop, too. High in calcium and iron, it is simply delicious to eat and very versatile to use in the kitchen. Spinach grows easily in a raised bed or container. Sprinkle your seeds thinly, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep on good soil and water in. Allow them to bathe in the sunshine and you’ll see little sprouts very quickly. Spinach thrives in healthy soil, so you may want to add some quality compost to your soil. You can sow several crops of spinach over and over again during spring and fall.
Lettuce, much like its cousin listed above, is easy to grow. You simply plant, water, and wait for the harvest. I’ve seen lettuce grown in almost anything. (I have one friend who plants lettuce in old, worn out shoes!) You can plant it in containers, raised beds, old wagons, buckets, and I’ve even seen it grown with success in the side of a cut-open bag of potting soil. Lettuces grow extremely fast, so you are usually able to enjoy a few crops in the spring and again in the fall. Plant your crops a week or two apart for continual harvests. Make sure you keep your lettuces well hydrated, but not over watered, and they will reward you with many delicious salads this spring.
Onions are rich in vitamins and minerals and best of all, they’re packed with flavor we all love. All you need to do is provide them with decent soil and plenty of water. You can learn more about the different ways to grow onions here. Be sure to keep your onion patch free from weeds and offer plenty of water, around an inch per week.
These are just a few veggie options for home gardeners, but they are a great place to start, especially if you are new to growing your own food. At Heirloom Solutions, we carry only the finest quality heirloom seed, helping to guarantee you a successful first start. Here’s to lots of delicious and nutritious food this season!