Fresh vegetables don’t need you to have a green thumb in order to thrive in your garden or on your balcony. There are certain vegetable types that could successfully grow even if you are a complete beginner when it comes to gardening. The secret is in choosing the types that are resistant to various challenges the weather (and you!) can give them. Even if you really have bad luck with growing plants, these vegetables will almost definitely grow and ripe if you give them a chance and proper care.
Vegetables usually used for salad
What’s great is that three types of vegetables that are easy to grow can also be used for tasty salad. Here they are:
This vegetable grows really quickly and doesn’t need much space. It’s also easy to harvest – just snip the top of the plant or pick a few leaves before the meal. It’s even possible to grow it in containers or under higher plants – this vegetable doesn’t mind. They can even grow in partially shady areas of your garden.
Find a sunny and warm spot for them and give them something to climb on. This is the reason they also don’t mind containers. If you also water them regularly, they will really thrive. In case you have really small space for them, then it’s better to opt for the bush cucumbers, not the vine cucumbers, as they don’t mind it and they are very resilient to diseases.
Tomatoes will grow anywhere where there’s sun and their stalks supported. You can even grow them in hanging baskets. If you are a beginner, start with the smallest type: cherry tomatoes. It would be great if you could have a cage or a stake for them, but you can also opt for hybrid tomatoes like “Patio” and “Tiny Tim” that can be grown on the patio. They are easier to grow because then you wouldn’t have to worry about the blossom end rotting or splitting like with the bigger types. It’s not even a problem if you sometimes forget to water them. Some gardeners even say that they taste better if you give them less water. Just two tomato plants will be enough for you during the summer season.
Additional tip: plating basil next to tomatoes will repel pests and the tomatoes will taste better!
Peas and beans – funny little vegetables
These types are both easy to grow and funny to pick!
They enjoy cool weather so you can sow them sometimes between March and June and enjoy picking them from June to August. You just need to do one thing – provide their stems a good support by installing a chicken wire or a net between the supports. The great thing about peas is that the more you pick them, the more of them will grow! And the taste of fresh peas is simply amazing.
5. Runner beans
It’s best to sow them in spring in small 3-inch pots filled with compost. As they will want to climb, install a wire close to them and give them enough space. They really need water, so invest in good gardening equipment to be able to water them regularly and thoroughly. In many gardening supplies companies like Hoselink you can get the best idea what you really need to provide the plant with proper care. And don’t forget to pick the beans – it’s essential if you want them to thrive.
Vegetables with tasty roots
Here are two vegetables in which you enjoy when eating what you pull up from the ground.
Carrots are very simple to grow in the ground. The only thing you need to know in this case is that they won’t be very big, especially if they are growing in rocky soil. The best soil for them would be the deep, well-drained one. It’s even better if you can give them a raised bed. Carrots also grow successfully in light shade but it’s best if you plant them to grow in the sun.
They are so easy to grow – just plant onion bulbs when the spring or autumn comes. Take care that the soil is well-drained and that’s it! At the end of the summer when the foliage gets yellow, just lift them up and let them dry outside. Store them after they get dry and enjoy them when you want!
All in all
As you can see, there are at least 7 vegetables that you can enjoy growing and eating even if you’re not an experienced gardener. So, what you’re waiting for? Choose your pick!