In this article: Learn which are the easiest vegetables to grow if you are a beginning gardener, plus guides on how to grow each of them!

My garden is my favorite place to be in the spring, summer, and fall. It just makes me happy and fills me with a sense of accomplishment.

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And I think everyone should be able to experience that feeling! It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment with a deck, a rented house you aren’t allowed to dig up, have a small yard or a large one….you can garden in some form or fashion.

And I am here to tell you that there is no such thing as a brown thumb. All you need is a little knowledge on the correct way to water and grow plants and you can have a successful garden!

 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Learn which are the easiest vegetables to grow if you are a beginning gardener, plus guides on how to grow each of them and tips to get started!

 

How to Start Your First Garden

 

Now that you have decided you are ready to try gardening, let’s talk about what you need to get started.

1) Space: You need a place to put you garden. This can be your back yard, pots on your deck, raised beds, 5 gallon buckets, a large dedicated area for tons of plants. Whatever space you have available and want to use for gardening.

2) Plants: This can be seed packets if you want to try starting your own seeds, or you can just run down to your local garden center and buy some plant starts to get you started.

3) Water: You will need a water source. A hose, a jug, a watering can filled in the sink. Watering is very important and improper watering can be the difference between a good garden and a not-so-good garden.

4) Healthy Soil: If you are growing in containers, choose a good quality, organic potting or garden soil. If you are digging in your yard for the first time consider digging in some compost or manure. We get loads of mushroom compost at our local mulch yard and use the manure from our livestock.

That’s the basics of getting started. Also check out my 11 Tips for Beginning Gardeners for some tips on having a successful first garden.

Now let’s talk about WHAT to grow in your first garden.

 

11 Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginning Gardeners

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Growing Radishes in Your Garden: Seed to Harvest

Growing Radishes in Your Garden: Seed to Harvest

Radishes are the easiest crop to grow and one of the most instantly gratifying. Radishes are a cool weather crop that is planted directly into the garden and can give you a harvest in as little as 3 weeks!

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How to Grow Lettuce in Your Vegetable Garden

How to Grow Lettuce in Your Vegetable Garden

Lettuce is another cool weather crop that is easy to grow for beginners. The small seeds are planted directly in the garden while the weather is still cool and you can enjoy fresh salads and BLTs all spring long!

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Growing Green Beans in Your Garden: Seed to Harvest

Growing Green Beans in Your Garden: Seed to Harvest

Green beans are a great vegetable for beginning gardeners. They don't have many pests and don't require a lot of baby sitting. Drop the seeds in the ground once the threat of frost has passed and you will be harvesting beans in just a couple of months!

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The Ultimate Guide for Growing Squash in Your Garden

The Ultimate Guide for Growing Squash in Your Garden

When it comes to the garden, squash is one of the most giving vegetables. One plant can offer you pounds and pounds of squash to feed you and your family all summer long. They are an easy to start crop and very forgiving of beginners mistakes!

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Tomatoes

Everything You Need to Know About Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are probably the favorite of many gardeners, I know they take up the most space in my garden! For beginners I suggest starting with plants from a nursery and work up to starting your own tomatoes from seed once you have some experience. Nothing beat a homegrown tomato fresh from the vine (or fresh salsa or marinara sauce!)

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Quick Start Guide to Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Quick Start Guide to Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Peppers are an easy to grow vegetable for beginners. They don't have many pests or diseases and love the hot weather of summer! You can grow hot peppers or sweet- there's a lot of varieties to choose from.

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Growing Basil in Your Backyard Garden

Growing Basil in Your Backyard Garden

So basil isn't exactly a vegetable, but it is a must in any beginner's garden. Basil is easy to grow and quick to produce. You can harvest basil again and again all season. Use it in your homemade sauces, to make pesto, or try drying it to spice up meals all year long!

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7 Tips for Growing Amazing Cucumbers

7 Tips for Growing Amazing Cucumbers

Cucumbers fresh from the garden are delicious and make a nutritious and hydrating snack on summer days. One plant can give you dozens and dozens of cucumbers to enjoy all season. Or try making your own batch of pickles!

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How to Grow Peas in Your Vegetable Garden

How to Grow Peas in Your Vegetable Garden

If you have never eaten a fresh pea straight from the pod in early spring, you are missing out! Even kids who hate peas tend to love the crunchy, sweetness of a homegrown pea. They are another cool weather crop that should make an appearance in all gardens!

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How to Grow Eggplant: From Seed to Harvest

How to Grow Eggplant: From Seed to Harvest

Eggplant can be a little picky if you are starting it from seed, so I suggest beginners purchasing transplants from the garden center. Eggplant loves hot temperatures and grows well with little to no pests or disease. Plus it's just beautiful to look at!

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Growing Spinach in the Garden: From Seed to Harvest

Growing Spinach in the Garden: From Seed to Harvest

Spinach is another easy, cool weather crop that is great for beginners. It is a hardy, leafy vegetable that can be grown year round in many locations. There are little pests and diseases that affect spinach making it next to no work to grow!

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So those are, in my opinion, the 11 easiest vegetables to grow inĀ  your garden when you are just starting out. Be sure to check out all of my gardening articles to learn more about companion planting, troubleshooting, and controlling pests naturally!

Do you have questions or comments about starting your first garden? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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