5 Vegetable Types Which Are Easy And Fast To Grow

Are you new to gardening and haven’t got a clue as to what plant you should have in the garden to be successful? Sure, there are times when people plant vegetables only to end up with nothing at the end of the season, but this does not mean that your first attempt has to be a failure - you could end up a success story to which other newbies in the field can refer to at later dates.

Here are 5 vegetable types which are easy and fast to grow to help you in making a decision that will make your garden a reference point for other entrants to this field. Note though that there is no guarantee that these plants will thrive in your garden. You need to investigate your climatic conditions and see whether they are suitable for the plant you have in mind. You can also alter the conditions by growing the plants in a wooden shed where you have one.

It is essential to provide the plants with adequate access to sunlight, nutrient-rich soil and water throughout their growth phases if you wish to have a bountiful harvest at the end of the season. That said, let’s look at the most straightforward crops to grow:

Carrots

For these plants, what you need is nutrient-rich soil which can either be in the garden or indoors in a large pot. Ensure that the container you choose is deep enough to accommodate their roots as they go deeper once they mature. Also, look into whether there are rocks in the soil and where any are present, get rid of them. If carrots grow in rocky soil, they end up with curved shapes that make them unsightly, especially when you wish to sell the fresh produce. What’s more, they tend to have less pleasant tastes as compared to those which grow in rock-free soil.

You will know that the carrots are ready for harvesting when their tops reach the soil line and start to emerge. You can enjoy them when raw such as in salads or you can use them in soups and various dishes. When shopping for suitable varieties, try the Sweet Treat or Scarlet Nantes options as they are easy to cultivate. However, keep in mind that the ease of planting will ultimately depend on the climate and soil conditions.

Spinach

The high iron content of these vegetables makes them suitable for use in many salads as well as soups. If you wish to have a continuous supply of veggies, having spinach in your garden is a good idea as it continues growing through the seasons. As such, once the leaves are of moderate size, you can start enjoying them in your foods. Suitable varieties include Baby’s Leaf and Renegade.

Lettuce

Lettuce comes in handy when making fresh salads and how great would it be to eat something straight from your garden each time you want a healthy meal? There are tons of plants that fall into this category, and you will thus not be short on options when choosing what works best for your climate and taste buds. It is straightforward to grow lettuce and maintaining it does not require much work. As long as you keep up with regular watering and weeding where necessary, you should enjoy healthy plants at the end of the season. When making a selection, try the Rocket and Salad Bowl varieties.

Green Beans

The good thing about these plants is that you will have very many options from which you can choose, which makes the selection part fun. You will find that out of all the varieties on the market, the easiest to cultivate will be broad beans as they have fewer management issues to deal with. If you do not mind the land management process so much, you can go for bush beans as they result in bountiful harvests that will feed your requirements for some time to come.

You can also consider pole beans in this regard but while doing so remember that they will need support systems. Thus, if you grow them indoors, be sure to push stakes into the pots as failure to do so will adversely affect their growth. The good thing about beans is that you can freeze them for use at a later date, not to mention how good they are when canned. When choosing beans, go for the Contender and Kentucky Wonder varieties, or look around for any others that can thrive in your climate.

Cucumbers

Crunchy, full of water and healthy, what other words can you use to describe this fantastic vegetable? The good thing about these veggies is that they grow large and where you give them enough space for their roots to extend, you should enjoy a big harvest that will provide you with all the cucumbers you need for various dishes. If you wish, you can go for the small varieties as you can pickle them and enjoy them as snacks when the hunger pangs strike. When planting cucumbers, it is essential to keep your eye on the forecast such that you sow them once the last frost passes. Consider Diva and Salad Bush Hybrid varieties when making a selection.

Care

The care practices that you have in play will depend on the plant that you choose and you can engage a local nursery expert on the matter to help you make the right decision. Ensure that you keep an eye on the plants every other day to see if they are doing well as this will help you detect problems at an early stage. You can also add crushed eggshells to the soil as they not only add valuable nutrients to the soil, but they also act as natural pesticides, thus protecting your plants at all stages. If you face issues with slugs, use coins to repel them and you’ll not have to worry about their presence again.

With all these vegetables you are sure to have an easy time that will result in healthy plants that will have you literally looking like an expert in the field. All the best!

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