10 of the Easiest Vegetables to Grow in a Home Garden

Starting a garden at home is a fun way to get fresh veggies for your meals. Not only is it rewarding, you also know exactly where the food is coming from and what you add to the soil. If you’re new to gardening, it’s best to pick plants that are easy to grow and care for.

We’ve made a list of the 10 easiest vegetables to start with. These plants don’t need much special attention, so you’ll enjoy picking your own food without too much work. Let’s dive in and discover these beginner-friendly veggies!

1. Cucumbers

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This naturally climbing crop is perfect for growing in containers and requires little prep. Plant the seeds a half-inch deep in soil with a trellis, fence, or string nearby for the vines to climb. Water them weekly and provide them with plenty of sun, and after two months, you will have a delicious crop.

2. Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers take longer to grow from seed, but if you have time, they make great starter veggies. Wait until late spring and plant your seeds in moist soil 18 to 24 inches apart in an area with full sun exposure. These veggies require a lot of water, so be prepared to water them at least every other day. After a few months, you can harvest and make some delicious fajitas or stuffed peppers to celebrate.

3. Tomatoes

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When summer starts, it’s time to plant your tomatoes. Pick a spot with at least 8 hours of sun daily, treat some well-draining soil with organic matter, and set up your tomato cages. Plant the tomato seedlings about 24 inches apart and keep the soil evenly moist while weeding regularly. Tomatoes can be harvested as soon as they ripen and will continue to produce all season long.

4. Lettuce

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Lettuce is typically grown in cooler seasons but can grow all year. Loose leaf lettuce varieties are great for warmer weather seasons, and the seeds can be sprinkled in a shaded area of your garden and be ready for salads in a few short weeks.

5. Carrots

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Carrots should be planted in the late summer and early autumn in an area with plenty of sun exposure. They are root vegetables, so give them 2-3 months before harvesting, or you will end up with a small crop.

6. Radishes

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Another root vegetable, the radish can be grown all year long. This vegetable requires full sun and ample space to build up large roots. After a few months, you can pull these veggies straight from the ground.

7. Asparagus

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If you are looking for a perennial vegetable to grow, then look no further. Plant the asparagus crown in your garden at the end of the growing season to harvest the following year. If you care for the plant after harvest, you can produce asparagus for up to 15 years.

8. Garlic

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Planting garlic is as simple as burying a clove in a shallow hole with the pointed end facing upwards. After just a few days of watering the clove will develop a green shoot where the new cloves will grow.

9. Potatoes

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You will have a blast harvesting potatoes, and you can plant small seed potatoes 6 inches into the soil. In no time, you will be making tasty stews and mashed potatoes for the whole family.

10. Green Beans

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Green bean seeds can be ready to sow into the ground in as little as one week. They come in two varieties: bush beans and pole beans, which require their own unique care, but with the right technique, you will be harvesting in just two months.

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