Have you ever thought of growing your own food? Edibles are great because not only are you able to enjoy your green thumb, you’re also able to eat what you harvest. If you do decide on growing your own food, you’ll be happy to know that there are some plants that are easier to take care, especially for beginners. Here are the best plants for your vegetable garden.
Like all plants, veggies vary significantly. They not only look and taste different, growing them also differs quite a bit. Some need a lot of space. Others need a deep container for their roots to grow. There are also those that don’t require a lot of maintenance. The latter and those that are easy to grow are the best for beginners.
This lets you succeed in your vegetable garden and reap the harvest for your family.
So which veggies should you start with? Here are the best plants for your veggie garden.
Tomatoes are wonderful because they not only give your garden color, but they’re also very healthy. These red vegetables are loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants making them good to eat.
They’re likewise easy to add to food. You can include them in salads, pasta and even pizza.
Unlike many other vegetables, tomatoes are vine plants. They also need a bit more spaces that other crops. This is why you won’t be able to yield a lot of them if you do square foot gardening.
Another excellent plant to grow are cucumbers. Compared to tomatoes which are cool temperature plants, cucumbers grow better during the sunnier times.
Cucumbers are another versatile veggies because you can enjoy them in so many ways. They’re filled with water so they contain very few calories. This makes them good to snack on during hot weather as they’ll help you stay hydrated.
Whether you enjoy cucumbers with water, in soups or in your salad, they’re a great way to add crunch and flavor to your dishes.
One of the best things about planting cucumbers is that you get to choose from the many colors and varieties.
Peppers are another unique vegetable because there’s nothing else like it. They come in a variety of styles and colors. And all of them help make your plat look more delicious.
Peppers are loaded with vitamin C which makes them good for your immune system. You also get to choose whether you want to grow the yellow, red or orange peppers.
Eggplants aren’t the most popular vegetables around. Many kids and even adults don’t like them because they get squishy when cooked improperly or with a lot of liquid.
But, when cooked well, they not only look delicious but also taste great. If you don’t like squishy eggplants try grilling them or make sure they’re dry before cooking. You can also enjoy them with tempura batter to enjoy the crunch.
When going with eggplants in your garden, it’s good to note that they take a while before they’re ready to be harvested. On average, it takes 2 to 3 months for it to produce crop.
One beautiful vegetable that looks like a flower in your garden is the zucchini. They do take a bit more effort to grow compared to some of the other plants. But, they’ll make you feel great about yourself when they bloom.
Zucchini are great because you can eat their blossom and fruits. They’re likewise delicious. My kids love it when it fry them with tempura batter which makes them great for snacking or enjoying with dinner.
Another one my kids love is sweet corn. Corn is another versatile veggie because it can be used in so many ways. My kids favorite way is just steaming the corn, then adding butter and a bit of salt. They love eating corn right off the cob.
Of course, you can also slice off the kernels and add them to soup or other dishes. Their sweet taste helps cut through other flavors.
The one thing to be aware of with sweet corn is that they can grow tall. Some just grow a few feet. But others can reach anywhere from 5 to 10 feet in height.
Radishes like cucumbers are favorites for anyone who likes salads. Not only do they add a different texture to the dish they’re also great for your diet. Radishes are not just crunchy but also colorful.
Garlic is one the staples of all home kitchen. You probably have some bulbs in your pantry to be ready for cooking. So why not plant them yourself.
Garlic is great because it gives food a great aroma. You also get that distinct flavor. Of course, do be wary about garlic breath. This can be something that lingers with you if you eat too much garlic with your mearl.
Garlic is a great plant to grow in your garden because it’s easy and low maintenance.
This last one is another that the kids love. They especially enjoy it on steak nights when we always have mashed potatoes.
Potatoes are somewhat different from many of the veggies, especially greens. That’s because it is a root vegetable. In addition, it is starchy. So, if you’re watching your weight, you may want to limit your portions.
That said, potatoes are very versatile because you can cook them in so many ways. Besides mashed potatoes you can enjoy them sliced up into fries or as a whole and just bake it.
Potatoes are also great for stews because they absorb the liquid. This makes them very flavorful.