Easiest Vegetables to Grow 

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Starting a garden for the first (or tenth) time is exciting and a little nerve-racking. There’s so much optimism for a plentiful season and also the concern that hard work in the spring may not lead to a decent harvest in the fall.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

If you’re looking for some low-maintenance veggies to kickstart your gardening adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a rundown of some of the easiest vegetables to grow this season.

Lettuce

 As one of the easiest vegetables to grow, lettuce is a perfect choice for beginners. It doesn’t require much space or special care and can even thrive in containers. Plus, you can start harvesting leaves for salads in just a few weeks after planting. Cut them down to stems and you’ll be impressed with how quickly they grow back. 

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Spinach

Packed with nutrients and versatile in the kitchen, spinach is another easy-to-grow vegetable that thrives in cooler weather. It’s a quick grower, with baby spinach leaves ready to harvest in as little as four weeks. Plus, you can continually harvest leaves as needed, allowing the plant to keep producing. In other words, feel free to cut them down to the stem because they’ll make a comeback in a few days. Honestly, most greens are pretty easy to grow so choose the kind you like to eat best!

Radishes

These vibrant and peppery root vegetables are incredibly quick to grow, often ready for harvest in as little as three to four weeks. Radishes can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and are an excellent choice for impatient gardeners eager to see results. Watermelon radishes are my personal favorite.

Carrots

While they may take a bit longer to mature compared to some other vegetables on this list (so plant them early in the spring), carrots are still a great choice for beginner gardeners. Choose a loose, sandy soil for easier root penetration, and keep the bed weed-free for best results. 

Tomatoes

Ok, ok, technically these are a fruit but nutritionally, they’re more like a veggie and are a staple in many vegetable gardens. Tomatoes pretty easy to grow, especially varieties like cherry tomatoes or determinate types, which have a more compact growth habit. Just make sure they receive plenty of sunlight and support from a tomato cage for their vines as they grow. 

If you want to make sauces, go with a Roma tomato. If you’re looking to make a great BLT, I love Celebrity or Lemon Boy tomatoes. For easy snacking, I’d recommend Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes.

basket of tomatoes

Peppers

Whether sweet or spicy, peppers are relatively easy to grow and can be quite prolific under the right conditions. Start with seedlings rather than seeds for a quicker harvest, and provide them with plenty of sunlight and warmth to encourage fruit production.

I tend to grow 1 jalapeno, 1 bell pepper, 1 Jimmy Nardello, and 1 mini sweet pepper plant. The bell pepper and jalapeno are great for salsas and the rest are fun to pick and munch straight out of the garden.

Eggplant

While it may seem intimidating at first glance, eggplant is actually quite easy to grow, especially in warmer climates. Choose compact or dwarf varieties for smaller spaces, and provide them with plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil. With regular watering and occasional fertilization, you’ll soon be rewarded with glossy purple fruits that are perfect for grilling, roasting, or adding to your favorite dishes. Eggplants can be a fun addition to your garden, offering both beauty and flavor to your harvest.

Zucchini

If you’re looking to add some variety to your garden, zucchini is a fantastic option. These prolific squash plants are low-maintenance and produce lots of tasty veggies throughout the growing season. Be prepared for a ton of zucchini. One zucchini plant will provide enough for your kitchen with some to share with friends. 

Quick tip: pick them when they are about 10-12 inches in length and you can eat it whole. If you pick them when they are large, scoop out the seeds before using it to bake or eat.

Cucumbers

With their crisp texture and refreshing flavor, cucumbers are a summer garden favorite. Opt for compact or bush varieties if space is limited, and provide them with plenty of sunlight and consistent moisture for optimal growth. Check out this post for more on growing vegetables vertically.

cattle panel arch with cucumbers and peas growing on it

Green Beans

Whether you choose bush or pole varieties, green beans are a beginner-friendly vegetable that produces a decent amount of beans with minimal fuss. They’re relatively pest-resistant and seeds can be started directly in the garden once the danger of frost has passed. Just stay on top of picking because overgrown beans can be tough and more bitter to eat.

Herbs

While not technically vegetables, herbs like basil, lemon balm, cilantro, parsley, and chives are incredibly forgiving plants that thrive in containers or garden beds. Herbs perfect for beginners and add flavor and freshness to a wide range of dishes.

mix of herbs from Liz's garden

Wrap up

Remember, successful gardening is as much about learning from experience as it is about following guidelines. These are some of the easiest vegetables to grow, so you’re already ahead of the game by including them in your garden. I recently learned about the Planter app for planning out your garden- it has lots of great tips on companion planting and is easy to use.

Don’t be discouraged by setbacks or mistakes (read here for weeding tips!) along the way—embrace them as opportunities to grow and improve your skills. With a little care and attention, your vegetable garden can soon become a source of pride and joy, providing delicious, homegrown produce for your kitchen patch.

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