Homegrown vegetables are one of the healthiest ways to eat veggies. Because they are home grown , gardeners can control the pesticides used and basically ever aspect of the growing process. While homegrown vegetables are great to have, they can be time consuming and sometimes difficult to grow. Here are 10 vegetables that can be easily grown at home.
Green Beans are one of the lowest maintenance vegetables you can grow in your garden. Simply plant the seeds in an area that receives an abundance of sunlight, and sow the soil every few weeks. Eating Well swears by Green beans because they provide vitamins A, C and K, manganese, potassium, folate and iron, as well as fiber.
Red Beets are another terrific vegetable to grow in your garden. They are tasty to eat, and produce edible veggies in just 35 days. Beets sprout best in cool soil, so it is better to plant these in early spring. Mother Earth News has some great tips on making sure beets thrive in your garden.
Carrots are full of beta kerotine and Vitamin A, and they are an easy vegetable to grow! Plant carrots as soon as possible in the spring, and they can be harvested about 10 to 12 weeks after planting. Although it takes awhile for the carrots to reach full maturity, they are easy to manage and require just water!
Cucumbers grow easily, but they do require quite a bit of maintenance. Plant the cucumbers in soil rich with organic matter. Eating Well recommends harvesting them every few weeks.
Great for a quick snack, Snap Peas are full of vitamin C and fiber. Although Snap Peas make a teriffic snack food, these veggies do not thrive in hot or dry weather, so take this into consideration when deciding what to grow. It is best to sow these seeds during late fall when there are cooler temperatures.
Radishes are incredibly low calorie (less than one calorie per radish) and surprisingly easy to grow. If you are lacking in outdoor space, radishes can be grown indoors in container gardens. These tasty treats can be ready to eat in as little as three weeks!
Greens should be a staple in any kitchen, especially greens that are home grown. Mustard greens are rich in vitamins K, A, and C. Mustard greens can be harvested 4-6 weeks after planting (depending on the weather). Bonnie Plants recommends making sure your plants are spaced approximately 12 inches apart.
Basil can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Delicious in pesto or pasta, basil can be sowed every few weeks, and can be continuously harvested. It is important to make sure your basil plant is receiving adequate sunlight, this will enhance the flavor even more!
Thyme is an easy herb to grow, but it is hard to determine the best time for planting. Farmers Almanac recommends starting the growing process indoors (about 6-10 weeks before the last spring frost). Thyme thrives in warm soil, and needs lots of sunlight. Trim the plants regularly.
Parsley, rich in Vitamins A and C, are an easily grown plant. Grown in an area with adequate moisture and in soil with lots of organic material. It is also used as an edible form of garden edging.