6 Vegetables to Grow for the Beginning Gardener

There is always that one neighbor who makes gardening look effortless, but not everyone has a green thumb. You want to start a garden this year, but you do not want to kill everything before the harvest. Luckily, some vegetables are forgiving and can tolerate less than ideal conditions as you figure out what each plant likes. Here are six vegetables you can grow as a beginning gardener.

Vegetables to Grow as a Beginning Gardener:

Zucchini

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You do not have to plant several zucchini plants to yield a large harvest. One or two plants will be plenty unless you want to make endless amounts of zucchini bread or gift them to your neighbors by the armload. They do need space to grow, so leave them plenty of space when you plant. After that, just make sure they receive plenty of sunlight and keep the topsoil moist.

Cucumber

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Cucumbers also yield a large harvest without much effort—perfect for a beginning gardener. Plant the seeds within a mound to promote sprouting and leave plenty of room for them to grow. You can even run the plant up a fence or trellis if you choose the vine variety. Water them regularly, and soon you will have enough cucumbers to add to your salads as well as make homemade pickles.

Lettuce

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Speaking of salads, you cannot have a salad without lettuce! These plants can tolerate shade more than other plants, but that does not mean you should plant them in an area that does not receive sufficient sunlight. They are simply more forgiving if they do not have constant sun. After you cut them, the plant will continue to grow more, so you will have plenty all summer long.

Potatoes

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Any gardener, not just beginners, can grow potatoes without seeds or buying a plant. All you need to do is pull some potatoes out of your kitchen that have started to sprout. Cut them up into halves or thirds, making sure there are eyes on each piece. Plant them deep, and you will have potato plants in no time.

Onions

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The only thing to note about onions is that they have a long growing season, making growing them from seeds in cooler areas difficult. If you live in warmer places, like the southern US, you will be fine. If not, buy bulbs instead. After planting, you will know they are ready for harvesting once the tops have dried up and fallen off.

Carrots

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Summing Up

The most low maintenance vegetable would probably go to carrots. All the need is to be planted, watered, and weeded. You can have baby carrots in late July, or wait until after the first frost for much larger ones. You can harvest them all winter long if you would like, though some may not want to be digging them up in the cold. For the beginning gardener, stick to the orange varieties before branching out to other ones.

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