You don’t need to have a green thumb to grow fresh vegetables right in your garden. So, whether you are a gardening novice or just want to start a vegetable garden with the least amount of time and effort as possible, here are the 7 best veggies to grow at home.
Rocket is a fast-growing leafy green that you can plant in the garden or in pots. This leafy veggie is best sown in spring or autumn (it can tolerate the cold) and will be ready for harvesting in as little as six to seven weeks. You can even eat the baby leaves after only two weeks. It tastes best when it has been harvested young, so keep nipping off the leafy growth and you’ll have rich pickings. To successful grow rocket from seed, simply follow this guide from Yates.
Most of the fancy varieties will grow through the cooler months but you can continue to harvest your salad for many months by breaking off the outside leaves of the lettuce as you need them. Don’t worry; this won’t kill the plant, as it will keep regenerating. To keep it producing, hang the basket in a sunny spot and water it when the top 1cm of soil is dry. Feed it with soluble fertiliser every couple of weeks, and if you’re using the leaves quickly, just plant up extra baskets. This guide from better homes and gardens will help.
Possibly the most popular vegetable for any size garden, you can grow tomatoes in hanging baskets or other containers or anywhere they will get lots of sun and have support for their stalks. Starter plants from the garden centre are the easiest to grow. If you plant basil next to the tomato plants, you’ll naturally repel pests and even improve the flavour of the tomatoes and luckily enough, like other herbs, basil is simple to grow as well. This guide from gardening know-how will help.
Cucumbers love sunlight and warm temperatures, as well as support for climbing. Once you have given them this and water on a regular basis, they will grow almost like weeds and trust us, they grow very, very fast. This guide from burpee will help.
Although carrots grow relatively fast, they won’t be very large, especially if you have rocky soil. Deep soil, well-drained soil is preferable. Nevertheless, they are simple and fun to grow. They can tolerate light shade too, although they prefer full sun. This guide from good housekeeping will help.
Zucchini grow easily from seeds. They need good moisture and prefer warm soil, so it’s best to sow seeds later in the warm season. One or two plants are usually enough for most people as they grow so prolifically. This guide from Growveg should help.
The perfect companion for your vegetable patch! Herbs can be bought mature enough to harvest straight away. Otherwise, you can buy smaller pots, plants and liquid feed them, and you’ll be snipping away within a couple of weeks. This guide from homes to love should help.
Now that you are able to stock up on the veggies, check out these yummy recipes.