Do you have a green thumb? Me too. However, this should not prevent you from growing your own garden in your own garden. Gardening is an activity that the whole family can enjoy and benefit from. Whether you’re a true beginner in gardening or just want to try something new, here are some of the safest and easiest vegetables to grow.
Start by growing lettuce, which grows quickly and can even be made in containers. In partially shaded areas, you can start with seeds and reap almost constant salad spice from spring to mid-summer. Try the baby greens as a mesclun mixture and throw them close together in rows. It can be harvested in a few weeks, and if we plant the seeds weekly or biweekly, it will have a salad all season long. To harvest the lettuce, simply cut off the tops of the plants or take off the lettuce leaves if necessary.
For a beginner, tomatoes are vegetables that grow easily and abundantly. You can grow tomatoes in containers or hanging baskets, or anywhere you get a lot of sunlight. Treehugger.com recommends that you use starters such as cherry tomatoes and make sure they support their stems, such as tomato cages. Another tip is to plant basil next to the tomato plants, which will naturally repel pests and improve the taste of the tomatoes.
While radish may not be at the top of your child’s list of favorite vegetables, it’s one of the fastest vegetables to grow and get quick results (which is half the fun of gardening with kids!). Many types of radishes are ready to be harvested in 20 days. Radish is great for kids because the seeds are big enough to plant and can be easily pulled out of the ground after they have matured in three weeks.
Another fun vegetable to grow in a novice garden is the cucumber, which loves sunlight and warmth. Like tomatoes, they grow fast and need support for vertical growth, but they also perform well in containers. Apart from water and sunshine, cucumbers don’t need much else, and by the end of the summer, you’ll have more cucumbers than you could start with. Share it with your neighbors!
Shrub beans, more commonly known as green beans, are another great addition to your garden with little helpers who are happy to help you harvest and cut the beans. According to the Farmers Almanac, the bush bean grows compactly and spreads up to two feet, but requires no support. The bush bean grows as a vine that can reach 15 feet in height. Shrub beans require less maintenance, but shrub beans produce more beans. So choose the one that works best for your garden and space.
If you want to get your kids to try new vegetables, add kale in your garden. Excellent spring vegetable, easy to grow from seed, can be harvested as baby green and full size leaves. Baby leaves can be harvested in just three weeks, and full-size leaves ripen between 40 and 60 days. Add fresh kale leaves to salads or smoothies, or make kale chips for kids to try.
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This article was originally published on April 16, 2018. Updated with the latest information.