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Easy to Grow Veggies for the Beginning Gardener

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





Have you always wanted to have a vegetable garden but didn't know where to start? Do you worry that you don't have a green thumb? Relax. It's not that difficult to get started if you begin with veggies that practically grow themselves. Grow these vegetables in containers or directly in the ground.


Here are some easy ones to start with and tips for success:

Tomatoes - The biggest challenge with growing tomatoes is selecting a single variety from among an endless assortment. All tomatoes like full sun, so make sure you put them in a location that gets at least 5-6 hours of sunlight per day. You'll need seeds or starter plants, soil, a stake or cage for support, and plenty of water. Plant the tomato plants up to the bottom leaves, making sure all of the roots are covered. Water the plant until the soil is moist. Check it daily and water when needed. As they grow, keep their vines off the ground by caging them or gently tying them to a stake.

Cucumbers - Since cucumbers also like full sun, they're ideal for placing next to your tomato plants in the garden. You may start from seeds or starter plants. Their vines send off shoots that attach to other surfaces, so give them a trellis, cage, or fence to climb. Cucumbers need moist soil, so don't let it dry out between waterings.

Radishes - One of the easiest root vegetables to grow is the radish. It's extremely forgiving and can be started from seed. They accept full sun or partial shade. Keep the soil moist, but don't overwater. As you harvest the radishes, you can add more seeds to keep a constant supply of them through the growing season.

Green beans - Another vegetable that adapts well to a backyard garden is the green bean. Choose from vine-growing beans to the bush variety, depending on how much space you have and whether or not you want another vegetable trailing on a stake or other support. These are easy to start from seeds. If you want them to get a faster start, soak the seeds in water overnight before planting. Provide enough water to keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering, or you'll wind up with an anemic looking crop.

Peppers - One of the backyard gardeners' favorites is the bell pepper. Not only is it easy to grow, it's versatile and can be used in quite a few recipes. You can start them from seeds, but it's easier for the beginner to use starter plants. They need full sun and approximately a foot between plants, or you can use containers. Keep the soil damp, but don't overwater them. Hot peppers are just as easy to grow, but make sure you wash your hands after touching them.

You can use a fertilizer that is specific for each plant, or you may want to use an all-purpose fertilizer that works on vegetables and flowers. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package, being careful not to overdo it. Too much plant food can burn the plant.

After your first year of success with these vegetables, you'll want to expand your garden. Some other things you might want to add to your garden are carrots, zucchini, summer squash, basil, and other herbs. Get out there and use that green thumb!

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