What veggies should you grow at home?

March 11, 2015

There are countless benefits of starting your own vegetable garden. It's healthy, you know where your food is coming from, it's good for the environment, and it's a family hobby. The list goes on and on. The question then remains: What should you plant?

Where to begin?
If you're completely new to gardening, it's important to start small. You don't want to overwhelm yourself with plants that require a lot of special instruction because you might get frustrated and quit. It's not often in life that someone tells you to take the easy road, but it's completely warranted in this case.

Start with some of the following veggies, as they're inexpensive, easy to manage and popular for meal choices, even among kids:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Squash.

Take your research a step further by asking yourself a few simple questions. What are the health benefits of the vegetable? How much of the veggie will a pack of seeds produce? Does your yard have enough sunlight to support the plants' growth? Does your yard receive enough shade to support it?

How many varieties should you plant?
Once you've decided what delectable veggies you'll fill your garden with, it's time to buy the seeds and get to work. Each of the aforementioned veggies requires slightly different techniques and options. It's important to note that different varieties could come with their own instructions. Also keep in mind that some types are more prone to diseases than others.

To play it safe, Bonnie Plants suggested planting a few different kinds of tomatoes. Some kinds are more resilient than others. Better Homes and Gardens magazine also pointed out that it's up to you to keep on eye on pests. If either of the two occurs, it's best to remove the entire plant, but that's later on.

What should you avoid?
When starting out, you'll have your hands full with tasks between nurturing the garden and keeping an eye out for critters. That means that there are several veggies that are more difficult to take care of that you should try to avoid in the beginning of your gardening days. 

Garden Guides compiled a list of some of the toughest veggies to grow. It includes:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Celery
  • Head lettuce.

As the source pointed out, some of these veggies may be easy enough to put in the ground, but they require soil expertise for them to flourish into delicious plants. Start out small with your home veggie garden to ensure you get to the reap the benefits of your labor. There's always next year to plant a more ambitious veggie.

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