Easy Vegetables To Grow
Good soil is the secret to easy vegetable growing, in truth if your soil is well fed with quality compost and well rotted manure most vegetables will be easy to grow. Well fed plants will be vigourous growers which will be better able to ward off attack by pests or disease while hungry plants will be weak and more likely to suffer.
Adding an enriched compost like Envirogrind will ensure that the following vegetables will jump out of the ground. These are vegetables to suit gardens and areas of any shape and size, whether it’s a back garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill. So here is our list of the Top 10 easy to grow vegetable seeds and plants for beginners regardless of gardening skill or age. They are not 100% foolproof but growing any of the following vegetables in healthy soil will help ensure a successful growing season and a bountiful harvest.
Salad leaves. Easy to grow in small spaces, good in containers, can be cut and will re-grow depending on variety. Start indoors in modules or small pots to avoid slugs in the early stages.
Oriental salads. Inc. Rocket, mizuna, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, pak choi. Very reliable germination, grows quickly and easily, less of a problem from slugs. Best grown in cooler parts of year as will likely bolt in summer, excellent for Autumn growing or overwintering undercover as very cold tolerant. Salads like mizuna, rocket and mustard greens are perfect for cut and come again production with many harvests possible from the same plant.
Radish. Very quick and easy to grow, can be ready in 4-6 weeks from sowing. There are many varieties available from standard small round to cylindrical to larger oriental radishes like Diakon or China Rose. Small radishes handy for container growing in pots.
Turnip. Again fast growing and very easy with good germination and usually trouble free growth. Small round varieties like Tokyo cross are excellent, larger turnips can become woody and are best harvested at tennis ball size.
Onions. Can be grown from sets or seed, for beginner sets are best. Relatively trouble free especially when planted through a growgrid mat to reduce weeding between bulbs. Sets are quick to plant and easy to handle because of their size, a great crop for a beginner.
Garlic. Same as onions. Pretty much trouble free and easy to plant because of size of bulb. Both can be planted in Autumn to overwinter giving the beginner a head start the following spring.
Beetroot. As long as soil is well fed and fertile beetroot is easy to grow and suffers from very few pests and diseases. Seeds are large and easy to handle but actually contain a cluster of seeds, for best results snip out any extra seedlings which germinate from each seed with a nail scissors to leave the healthiest. Once established beetroot is fairly trouble free and can be harvested as baby beet for small space growing or left to mature to larger beet if more room is available.
Swiss Chard, rainbow chard, perpetual spinach. Same family as beet, again big seeds so easy to sow. Pretty much trouble free like beets plus the same plant can be harvested over and over again. Will survive most winters and will even remain productive in a tunnel. Overwinter plants will start growing again once the temperature warms up in spring, a bulletproof plant.
Peas. Can be sown early in the year, they have big easy to handle seeds. Make sure supports are put in when seeds are planted as the sooner the new plants can climb the better the harvest will be. Keep picking peas when ready, the more you pick the more the plant will produce. Peas are a very rewarding plant with pretty white or purple flowers and attractive foliage. Pea plants don’t need a very fertile soil as, like all members of the legume family they can process nitrogen from the air to use as their own plant food.
Runner beans have big easy to handle seeds with very reliable germination and strong and vigorous growth and are unlikely to suffer from pest or disease attack. Like peas the more you pick the more you get, pick small for more tender beans. Fertile soil with well rotted manure added will vastly increase growth and yield. If you strip all the pods off the plant in August the following harvest will be quadrupled.
Potatoes – Very easy to grow providing you have decent soil and enough space. We have found using Envirogrind (pictured below) enriched compost will greatly increase yield, in trials on an average soil we increased yield by nearly 50%. Tubers are easy to plant and very rarely fail to come up. Blight is an issue but if beginners stick to early varieties which are harvested before blight hits, it is unlikely to be a problem.
Another option is growing blight resistant varieties like Sarpo, Setanta, and Orla. Potatoes can be grown in containers in small spaces, fertile compost and regular watering is the key to success. Other than blight they unlikely to suffer from pest or disease especially of grown in containers using fresh soil or compost.