If you’re looking for a healthy way to enjoy the warmer weather coming up and save money when it comes to food, then you might want to try out starting a garden this year.
Specifically food gardens.
Have a black thumb or are you limited in space? No worries, in this episode I’ll go over:
- the biggest benefits to having a home garden
- what you need to start
- the easiest vegetables an fruits to plant
If someone like me (who kept a cactus as her plant) can have garden, so can you.
Starting Your Own Food Garden
Before you plant your first seed, take a few minutes to access your patch of land.
It’ll help you decide what to plant so you’re not wasting time and energy on a high maintenance garden.
Specifically, you’ll need to look at:
- Size – Do you live in an apartment or have a very small yard like I do? You may want to try a container garden.
- Sun/shade – Does your yard tend to get a lot of sun or is it shady?
- Soil – With some soil prep, you can grow a lot. If your soil is extremely poor, I’d just do a container garden.
Choosing Easy Vegetables to Grow
Once you have your area set, it’s time to pick your plants.
When I started gardening I basically grab whatever seed and nursery grown plant I could, thinking that have plenty of different vegetables. Quickly I found out that some vegetables are easier to grow and maintain than others.
If you’re looking to keep your garden simple and have something to show for your hard work, here are some of the easiest picks:
- Leafy greens – Good for the spring and fall. Plant the greens you want actually eat. arugula, spinach, lettuce. Trim what you need for your meal and you’ll be able to use your plants repeatedly.
- Tomatoes – this sun loving plant is fun to grow. Choose a variety that suits you. I love roma and cherry.
- Radishes – These fast growing veggies are ready in about a month.
- Herbs- Step up your meals by growing your own herbs. Basil, thyme, and mint are tasty additions that need little effort to grow.
- Peppers – Love them! Whether it’s bell, sweet, or hot, peppers have incredibly fun to watch and so easy to keep alive.
- Squash and Zucchini – Since these hardly plants produce quite a bit, they give you the biggest bang for your buck.
- Watermelons – smaller varieties are perfect for couples looking for a summer treat
If you want more plants or tips on how to grow them, check out Sunset’s article on easy edible plants for your garden.