We all want to eat organic veggies, don't we?
However, the ones we get from the market are generally infused with so many chemicals. No matter how many times you wash them, you cannot remove the chemicals thoroughly.
Here is a solution!
Grow your vegetables. Of course, it is not easy but why not try once. (We got all the great inventions because someone kept trying and never gave up.)
Let's start with the easiest vegetables to grow.
As a beginner in gardening, it is always a plus point to know vegetables that could grow directly from the seeds. Just sow them into the garden soil, provide them ample sunlight, water them regularly, and that is it!
Growing From Transplants Or Seeds - Which Is Easier?
We would say both. Some vegetables, like Tomatoes, eggplants, and Peppers, are hard to grow from seeds. It would be better to buy transplants (small plants) from any nearby nursery for these vegetables.
However, if you choose to grow vegetables from seeds, it might be a better option. Growing seeds is economical and has more varieties than transplants. Some vegetables like corn, squash, beans, and peas don't survive if transplanted.
4 Easiest Vegetables To Grow
Lettuce is a popular salad ingredient, and the most liked vegetable in India. But, when you purchase it from the market, it adds up a lot to your bill. Solution? Grow your own.
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and a speedy crop. How? The baby greens grow in a month, and full-size lettuce grows in two months.
A quick tip! Lettuce is best grown in spring and fall. Yes, it is a cool-season crop and requires temperatures between 16°C to 18°C to germinate and grow.
How To Grow Lettuce?
There are two ways to grow lettuce:
1. Sow the seeds directly into the soil.
When directly sowing the seeds, depending on the variety, space them two inches apart with rows twelve to eighteen inches apart. (Do not sow the seeds too deep. They need light to germinate.)
While planting baby lettuce, try sowing the seeds in bands. Make narrow bands three to four inches across, or widen bands to fit your space. It is suggested to sow the baby lettuce in twelve to eighteen-inch wide bands if you are planting in raised garden beds.
That is it!
Another vegetable topping our 'Easiest Vegetables To Grow' list is tomato. It is a nutrition-rich superfood that benefits various bodily systems and supports healthy skin, weight loss, and a healthy heart.
Different types of tomatoes come in different sizes. You could plant them in a variety of ways as well. Some of these types are- San Marzano, Plum Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Cherokee Green, Amish Paste, Yellow Pear, Black Krim, and Cherokee Purple.
Tomato is a summer-season crop and grown at the beginning of summer. It needs a lot of heat and water to grow. Sow the seeds between March and June.
How To Grow Tomatoes?
Plant the tomato seeds in small pots, 3 to 4 inches deep in nutrient-dense soil. (Tomatoes may grow well in almost any type of garden soil except for heavy clay soil.)
Keep the pots in a warm and dark place with a temperature between 21°C-27°C. The seedlings appear in 10 to 14 days.
Use a spray bottle to provide water to the seeds. It will keep the top of the soil moist. After the plants grow, water them just enough. A tomato will grow and ripe in two to three months.
Home-grown carrots are healthier than market-bought carrots. They are available in many colors- including orange, red, black, yellow, white, and purple. They are mainly composed of water (85 to 90%) and carbs (nearly 10%).
Carrots possess several health benefits. They are linked to weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, providing the body with enough vitamins, and improving eye health. The carotene antioxidants in carrots reduce the risk of cancer.
This vegetable can be grown in late spring or mid-summer. Carrots require full sunlight and loose, sandy soil to grow and expand their roots.
How To Grow Carrots?
Plant the seeds directly into the soil- ¼ inch deep, and 2 to 3 inches apart. Do not transplant carrots because their roots might be disturbed.
Water the seeds frequently to keep the soil moist. You might see the germination after 2 to 3 weeks and fully grown carrots after 3 to 4 months.
After a month and a half, provide them with at least ½ gallon of water every day as carrots consume a lot of water.
Quick tip! While removing the weeds, be careful not to disturb young carrot roots; it might stunt their growth.
Cucumbers are one of those easiest vegetables to grow which can benefit your body in more ways than the other three vegetables discussed above. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but also helps blood clot, keeps your bones healthy, helps with vision, and keeps your immune system strong.
There are mainly two types of cucumbers - Slicing cucumbers (often used as a salad), and Pickling cucumbers (used to make pickles). Both are easy to grow and low on calories.
Cucumber seeds can be planted directly into your garden a week or two after the last frost, or once the soil warms up in spring. To plant them indoors, plan everything four to six weeks prior to the last frost date.
How To Grow Cucumbers?
After preparing the soil, plant the seeds about a half to one inch deep. Either make a hole first or gently push them down. Then, cover them with soil and press them down with some force. For the final step, water them well to keep the soil moist.
If the seeds get enough heat, they might germinate in a week or less. To be harvested, cucumbers need 50 to 60 days. Make sure to feed them with fish emulsion or compost tea. They love it!
Those were the four easiest vegetables to grow at home. It depends on you if you choose the direct sowing method or transplanting. (Direct sowing methods are easy. Just an opinion!)
What are some of your tips for growing vegetables easily and quickly? We would love to hear from you. Drop your opinions below in the comment box!
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