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10 Easy To Grow Vegetables for Beginners

Mike Grindle is a freelance culture writer with a love for film, music, and literature.

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Growing your own vegetables can be a rewarding experience, not least because of all the fresh, tasty food you'll get. But, if you've never tried it before, growing vegetables can seem like a daunting task, and a few failed attempts might end up putting you off the whole idea. That's why it's best to start with some easy, low-maintenance plants.

So, here are ten vegetables that will grow with little to no effort on your part to get you started on your gardening journey.

Top Ten Easiest Vegetables To Grow For Beginners

1. Radishes

2. Kale

3. Potatoes

4. Carrots

5. Tomatoes

6. Onions and Garlic

7. Green Beans

8. Peas

9. Beetroot

10. Spring Onions

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1. Radishes

Only have a few small containers to work with? Then radishes might be the perfect vegetable for you. Super easy to sow and grow and ready in just a few weeks, this often overlooked vegetable is an ideal challenge for the beginner gardener.

Radishes go well with any summer dish and can be sliced into a salad, pickled, or cooked into stews and soups.


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2. Kale

Kale is a hardy plant that will grow pretty much anywhere and survive all but the very coldest conditions. Just plant this vegetable in spring and harvest once the weather starts getting too hot.

Another good reason to grow Kale is its superfood status. Kale is full of vitamins, calcium, and nutrients. So whether you bake it, sauté it or put it in a salad, there are plenty of reasons to grow and eat this vegetable.

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3. Potatoes

So long as you live in a slightly colder environment, potatoes are one of the easiest and most fun vegetables to grow. Simply plant the seeds in a potato bag part-filled with compost, and cover with some more compost when shoots appear. Other than that, you just need to remember to water them!

Everyone knows how versatile the humble potato is when it comes to cooking, right?

Whether you boil them, mash them or stick them in a stew, you're sure to find some way to enjoy them.

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4. Carrots

Growing carrots is all about the soil. So long as you avoid rocky areas and use proper soft composted soil, then they're relatively easy to grow. While they grow best in the milder seasons, they can survive most winter conditions too.

Carrots are wonderfully sweet, and you can eat them in any number of ways. Enjoy them as part of a stew, make them into a soup or cake, or just enjoy them as they are.

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5. Tomatoes

Arguably the easiest vegetable to grow on this list, tomatoes grow quickly, with very little input, pretty much anywhere you put them. They're particularly ideal for hanging baskets or pots. If you've never grown anything in your life, then tomatoes are a perfect place to start.

Cooked tomatoes are a staple part of many dishes, especially Mediterranean cuisine. Still, they're also excellent eaten as they are too.

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6. Onions & Garlic

Onions and garlic grow in any season with almost no hassle. Just make sure you plant them in well-drained soil and give them some time to dry out in the sun after harvesting.

Onion is more versatile than garlic when cooking because its flavor isn't as strong. But really, is there any meal not improved by the addition of garlic and onion?

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7. Green Beans

Whether you're looking to try your hand at growing runner beans, bush beans, pole beans, or yardlong beans, you'll be happy to know that it won't be a job that requires too much work on your part. Green beans need warmth and wet soil, although if you live somewhere where it's particularly hot, a little shade won't go amiss as well.

Green beans have a wonderfully crunchy texture and are great steamed or fried as a side dish.

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8. Peas

Not all peas are easy to grow, but certain varieties like "half-pint" peas are perfect for beginners, requiring no specialist knowledge or staking. Furthermore, peas grow great in both warm and cold climates.

Peas are equally versatile as their Green Bean cousins, but they are especially great with rice dishes.

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9. Beetroot

Beetroots grow similar to carrots in that they need soft soil to grow. The critical difference is that beetroots grow better in the summer. Other than that, though, they're reasonably easy to grow.

Many beetroot dishes require the vegetable to be cooked, but they can be enjoyed as part of a salad too.

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10. Spring Onions

Another vegetable that can be grown in a pot or the ground is the spring onion. Indeed, the small size of spring onions means they're a perfect choice if you don't have much land to work with. Spring Onions grow fast, too, so sow them little and often throughout the late summer and early autumn, and you'll end up with a continuous supply.

Spring onions have a tangy flavor and are perfect thrown into a salad or stir fry.

Now that you know what vegetables to get started with, all you need is a little patience and determination and you'll be growing your own food in no time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Mike Grindle

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