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Growing Veggies for Beginners

Growing Veggies for Beginners

Eating healthy can be a full-time job in today’s world with so many not-so-good choices right at our fingertips. One of the best ways to encourage health-minded meals is to not only buy veggies regularly but to grow your own! You don’t need to be an accomplished green thumb or have a giant plot in your yard to get started. Today we’re sharing a few ways you can grow some veggies at home—whatever that home may be!

There are several ways you can incorporate some vegetable plants around your home—this could be in containers if you don’t have a yard or in small beds or even a bigger plot if you have the space!

Where to Plant Without a Yard

Popularly called “Urban Gardening” there are lots of folks who are able to grow a garden without a yard. There are a couple options for you:

Plant indoors. If your home gets some sunlight, you’re good to grow indoors! You can hang plants like tomatoes from a hanging basket by a window or place small plants in containers on the windowsill or nearby shelves. Search “indoor gardening” in Google images for some great inspiration.

Use your porch. If you have a balcony or porch, pot and container plants would be great for you. Purchase containers or pots that’ll fit your space, and you can grow all sorts of veggies and herbs. Try broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, rosemary, dill, parsley…the list goes on.

How to Start a Garden in Your Yard

If you have a yard and some space for a plot, get digging! Select a sunny spot in your yard that has good drainage (you don’t want to pick a space that has a tendency to flood when it rains). And start small; there’s no need to dig up a giant plot when you’re first getting started.

Growing Veggies for Beginners

If you’re going to clear an area of your grass, you’ll need to rip up your sod. To start, water the area for a couple of days (if it’s been dry) to make things a bit easier—the soil should be moist, not soaked. Use an edger or a spade to start cutting the sod in strips and then begin to peel back with your hands. You can also opt to use a tiller (a machine that turns the soil) instead, which can be a little less labor intensive.

Easy-to-Grow Plants for Newbies

OK, once you’ve got your container or plot all figured out, it’s time for the fun part—figuring out what to plant! There are all kinds of plants that are great for beginners. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Radishes
  • Salad greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula)
  • Green beans
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini (bush)
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Cucumbers

Have fun with it! You can also plant in rounds so that you have some crops all summer long. If you’re still feeling unsure, start with a couple small herb plants in a container and work your way up.