As a gardener, you should not just stick with ornamental plants but try and grow some vegetables as well. Homegrown veggies are mostly free of chemicals and harmful pesticides. You grow them with love and care because of which they often grow to be more delicious and nutritious. Before you start growing vegetables that demand serious care, start with some easy options.
Lettuce can be grown very easily, and if you have some growing in your backyard, you will always have a fresh and crisp leaf to add to your salads and burgers. Romaine and Iceberg lettuce both grow easily and very inexpensively. Plant it in the early spring, and you will keep getting a new crop every two to three weeks easily. When done rightly, lettuce also freezes well. So, if you have a few plants that provide more than you can eat, you can easily freeze them. It needs well-drained soil along with some compost to grow well.
Spinach, just like lettuce, is very easy to grow and doesn’t even need too much human interaction. The seeds are available very easily. Just take some well-drained soil with compost and grow your spinach directly from seeds. Spread seeds in such a way that there are no clusters. This hampers the growth of the plants. More even spacing would be better. In just a few days, your spinach will start growing. You can even eat some as microgreens and grow the rest of the leaves till they grow bigger.
While beans may look like difficult plants to grow, they are very easy to care for. You will need to sow the beans directly and allow them to grow like a vine. A homemade trellis is a good option. You can even let the vine run alongside your fence. They too need well-drained soils and won’t survive without adequate sunlight. Make sure that you add adequate quantities of compost to the soil as well. Regular watering is essential for these plants and if you find the soil lacking in nutrition, add some bone meal and you are done.
Cucumbers also grow like vines. So, if you have already made a trellis for beans, you can use them for cucumbers as well. Cucumbers are great for salads and for pickles too. The good thing about cucumber plants is that they can also be grown in containers. You can plant them directly as seeds but make sure you keep the seedlings indoors for at least three weeks before planting them in soil outdoors. Cucumbers thrive in warm weather, so they can be planted in mid-spring and transferred outside at the beginning of summer. They need well-draining soil with lots of compost and abundant sunlight.
These vegetables can easily be grown by beginner gardeners as well. Once you start growing them, you will never be short of a quick and delicious ingredient for snacks and meals. After this, you can start growing crops with more demanding water and light needs. Happy gardening!