Grow Your Own

Easy to Grow Vegetables for beginners

If you want to grow your own vegetables then chances are you will want ones that are easy to grow, especially if you are a total beginner. Growing your own vegetables is a brilliant activity to get children involved in and it is beneficial in so many ways. Home-grown vegetables taste so much better than anything you can buy in the supermarket. There is nothing like eating a freshly picked bean or tomato (yes I know it’s technically a fruit!). You will get an amazing buzz and sense of achievement from growing your own vegetables as well. And you know exactly what chemicals have, or haven’t been put on to them as well, so they’re probably better for you than shop brought produce.

What vegetables are easy to grow?

Some vegetables are easier to grow than others. In my first year of growing my own foods I wanted to try everything but only some of it was successful. It takes time to learn what you need to do in order for some of the harder plants to be successful. If you are new to growing your own then these are the things I would recommend you start with:

  • Peas
  • French Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Courgettes
  • Tomatoes
  • Runner Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Salad Greens
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Radishes

All of these things require little effort to start with. They can also all be grown in containers if you have limited space in your garden. Until I got an allotment I could only grow in raised beds I had built from old bricks. Peas and beans germinate quickly as well so you will see if you have had success pretty quickly, and they seem to survive everything in my garden!

Courgettes are without a doubt the easiest thing to grow for yourself. They germinate quickly and are almost impossible to kill as long as you remember to water them! A courgette will also give you a lot of food! Each plant will give you 4-5 courgettes each week and will produce more as you take them off. Do not make the same mistake I did in my first year and grow lots of courgette plants. One or two is plenty unless you REALLY like courgettes.