The 4 Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Your Yard

By: albertaarb - June 17, 2014

Homegrown produce usually tastes better and is far less expensive than any you will find at the grocery store. To grow vegetables in your yard, all you need is a few tools, a garden hose, and sometimes a few soil amendments, such as compost. Some vegetables are easier to grow than others, however. For less stress during the growing season, try the following four.

Radishes

Radishes grow quickly from seed and require little to no fertilizer or special treatment. For these reasons, most gardeners consider these among the easiest vegetables to grow. 

Radishes prefer cool weather, so plant the seeds as soon as you can work the soil in early spring. Or after temperatures have cooled below 65 degrees in the fall.

For best results, choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.

        When to Harvest: Most radish varieties take only a few weeks to reach maturity. The seed packet should give approximate growing times, but it is best to check the crop occasionally to see how it is faring. Radishes get hot and tough if left in the ground too long. The surest way to tell if a crop is ready is to pull random samples for a taste test.

Zucchini

Zucchini typically produce a generous harvest. Plant zucchini plants when the soil has reached at least 70 degrees.

You can either sow seeds directly in garden soil. Or start zucchini by seed indoors two weeks before you expect soil to be warm enough for planting and then plant the seedlings. Spacing depends on the variety, and so look to the seed packet or the label on the seedling for spacing tips. Zucchini do best, however, when given plenty of room to grow, full sun, and well draining soil. 

        When to Harvest: Pick zucchini when it reaches lengths of four to six inches. Larger zucchini gets tough and pithy.

Leaf Lettuce

Leaf lettuce, such as Romaine and Red Leaf, can be planted amidst your other garden plants, as long as sufficient room remains for the leaves to spread out. As these are cool season crop, plant them in the fall or in early spring. You may sown lettuce seeds directly or start them indoors.

 

        When to Harvest: Most varieties can be harvested as soon as they are large enough for consumption. Harvest the leaves and leave the bud untouched if you want the plant to continue growing fresh leaves.

 

Tomatoes

When you grow vegetables in your yard, don’t get shy about tomato plants. You may have heard a lot about their care, but this is because they are such a popular vegetable – it does not mean they are hard to grow. As long as your yard receives six or more hours of sunlight and you keep plants watered and fertilized, you should have a good crop. Plant tomatoes after the soil has warmed and the danger of frost has passed.

        When to Harvest: Pick tomatoes when the color shows even ripeness. For red varieties, this means they will be red all over without any green. They should be firm but not hard.

Once you’ve learned to grow vegetables, you'll understand why people look forward to gardening season.

There is some work involved. But producing your own healthy food benefits your health and, with the high cost of produce these days, your bank account. This is true even if you only plant the easy vegetables discussed here. You may also wish to consider planting shrubs around the perimeter of your home for extra visual appeal.

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