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10 Easiest Vegetables to grow for 1st time gardeners

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Serenity_John, May 2, 2008.

  1. Serenity_John

    Serenity_John Bronze IL'ite

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    The Best Crop Options for First Time Gardeners

    If you're new to organic gardening, you'll probably want to start with a simple herb garden or a vegetable garden bacause vegetables are known for being the easiest crop to grow. If you choose to fill your organic garden with vegetables, this list will help you choose which vegetables you should start out with.
    1. Beetroot

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    Beetroot is a golden opportunity for the beginning gardener, because it is extremely low-maintenance. Beetroot can be sown directly into the soil and requires nothing more than moist earth while it grows. After approximately 90 days, your crop will be between the size of a golf ball and tennis ball and will be ready for harvesting.

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    2. Chard

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    This means Rainbow Chard, Swiss Chard, Bright Lights Chard, or Silverbeet. When the weather starts to cool down, and most other garden crops are finished flourishing for the season, chards of all types will continue to grow, and in a wide array of colors! Chard is known for being slug resistant and a cut and come again crop.


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    3. Crook Neck Squash

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    Squash is notorious for thriving in summer gardens. Not only can it reach harvesting size in as little as four days from flowering with proper maintenance, it quickly pollinates. If you don’t want a garden full of squash in a short amount of time, make sure to purchase either primarily male or primarily female blossoms.


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    4. Radishes

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    Radishes could easily be the absolute simplest most reliable thing to grow. Getting radishes started are much easier than other crops too: simply sow seed directly into the soil. They grow very quickly and are ready in about two weeks. As you harvest a row, plant another and enjoy radishes all spring and summer long.


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    5. Zucchini

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    A member of the squash family, zucchini is one of those vegetables that will flourish without much help at all. The most time you’ll invest in this vegetable will be keeping it from overtaking your garden. Harvest your zucchini every day, and don’t let it grow very large.


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    6. Cucumber

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    You’ll have the easiest time growing cucumbers if you purchase seedlings from your local nursery. Though they grow above ground, cucumbers don’t require a lot of attention. Simply plant sticks your cucumber row for the crop to grow along, and watch them do their thing!


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    7. Carrots

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    Many first-time gardeners do very well with their first harvest of carrots, giving the term ‘beginner’s luck’ meaning in the gardening world. You can avoid problems with rust flies and bacterial soft rot with crop rotation. Be sure not to plant your carrots in the same spot for more than two years in a row.


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    8. Spinach

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    Most leafy greens are on the ‘easy’ list of home gardening, and spinach is no exception. You can sow spinach seedlings directly into the soil and make sure to keep the soil moist. Spinach takes 40-50 days to mature, but it’s easy to stagger your crop so you’ll have fresh greens all summer long.


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    9. Flat Leaf Parsley

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    Almost anyone can attest to the outrageous cost of herbs at grocery store, particularly organically grown herbs. Not only are flat leaf parsley seedlings much less expensive, your crop will sprout twice before you need to start fresh with new seedlings.


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    10. Green Beans

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    Green beans are both delicious and easy to grow. If you’re looking to go the easiest route, you can stick with bush types. However, if you want to make the most of your space, pole types give you more of your crop in the same amount of space. Provide sticks you’re pole green beans can climb up and you’ll have a very productive harvest.
     
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  2. mjohney

    mjohney Senior IL'ite

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    Hi
    Thanks for the information.Which of these are good for container gardening?
    Regards
     
  3. Serenity_John

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    For container gardening, these vegatables out of the list are good (in no particular order):
    1. Radishes (Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe, (White) Icicle),
    2. Parsley (Evergreen, Moss Curled)
    3. Cucumber (Burpless, Liberty, Early Pik, Crispy, Salty)
    4. Green Beans (Topcrop, Greencrop, Contender, (Pole) Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder)
    5. Squash (Ronde de Nice, Gold Rush)
    6. Carrots
    7. Swiss Chard

    Here's more info about growing vegetables in containers:
    Vegetable Gardening In Containers
    Container Gardening: Vegetable, Flower, & Water Gardens
    Container Gardening
    Vegetable Gardening in Containers
    Vegetable Plant Varieties for Containers and Pots


    I hope this helped :D

    Sere
     
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    Hi.......can U Please Suggest Some Vegetables Which Can Grow In Medium Sunlight?
     
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    For me, the beet & carrot disappointed a bit during the first time. Yes, their greens were very tasty, but some of the veggies were not yet fully grown and some others were hard.

    When comes to eggplant & tomato, asbolutely, very easy and zero maintenance.

    Rgds.
     
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    Hi Soji,

    Here's some info about some veggies that can grow in partial shade/medium sun light.

    Nearly all vegetable plants will grow better in full sunlight than in shade. However, leafy crops such as lettuce, cabbage, greens, spinach and parsley can tolerate more shade than root crops such as radishes, beets, turnips and onions. The root vegetables can stand more shade than those which bear fruit, such as cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. One advantage to container gardening is mobility. Container gardening makes it possible to position the vegetables in areas where they can receive the best possible growing conditions.

    Hope this helps :D

    Sere
     
  7. Serenity_John

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    Hi Ami,

    Tomatoes and Eggplants I saw could be grown in containers too. I don't know why they weren't in the list but I'm glad to see that some one tried it and knows form experience tho.

    Thnx for sharing :D

    Sere
     
  8. mjohney

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    Thanks for the information sere.
    Sere and ami my first cherry tomatoes are ripening now.
    Regards
     
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    g3sudha IL Hall of Fame

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    useful information
    thanks for sharing.
     
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    hi Could you let me know if betel leaf plant will grow in containers. I live in a flat and have heard that this creeper keeps of insects due to its natural scent
    Thanks Lalita
     

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