Growing fresh produce inside your backyard is not just a great way to relax and to free yourself from all the stress of the busy life, but it is also a great opportunity to save money by harvesting your own fruits, vegetables, root crops, and herbs at little costs.
Growing vegetables in your garden might be quite intimidating for some people, thinking that getting into gardening without being a green thumb is just a waste of time and effort. The truth is that there is a handful of vegetables which are not picky when it comes to the type of soil and are less sensitive to the moisture content, type of climate, cultivating practices, and other planting conditions. Of course, you cannot just throw away the seeds and expect to harvest something when you come back weeks after. You still need to take note of a few reminders to make sure that you are still on the right track.
Read more about the top four easiest vegetables to grow in your garden and start adding these nutritious foods to your diet or you can even sell them in your neighborhood for some extra cash.
Tomatoes are, perhaps, the most popular choice for both beginner and expert vegetable planters. They are easy to grow, especially the ones of smaller varieties such cherry, grape, plum, patio, and tiny trim tomatoes. These varieties are less susceptible to blossom-end rot and the plants also don’t require frequent watering. In fact, many people believe that the tomatoes will even taste better when watered less often than usual. Just make sure to provide support for the stalks and to plant them beside natural insect repelling plants such as basil.
Like tomatoes, peas are also known as one of the fastest growing and hassle-free crops. Peas thrive during the cooler seasons and the pods are usually ready to harvest within two to three months after being planted. They can be grown in small containers or even on a plot of land with a spacing of 2 inches apart and planting depth of 10 inches. Remember to set up sturdy wooden sticks to provide support for the pea stalks to climb.
When it comes to gardening with root crops, beetroot is arguably the fastest and easiest to grow. The roots and leaves of this plant are both edible, making cleaning up between planting seasons easier. These are usually eaten boiled and best harvested while still small (up to 2 inches) when the sweet taste and tender and fleshy texture are still present in the roots.
Lettuce and other salad leaves such as spinach, collards, and turnips may seem difficult to grow at first because of the threat from worms and intense heat. The trick to avoiding the worms is to cover the plants with a lightweight bed sheet or other similar materials. Planting them during the early spring season is also a way to preserve the crunch on the leaves.