7 Vegetables to Include in Your Garden ...

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If you are planning to plant a garden this summer, there are several easy to grow vegetables to include in your garden. I haven’t planted a vegetable garden in quite a few years, but when I did I enjoyed watching the plants grow and couldn’t wait to taste the fresh, home-grown vegetables. The flavor is always so much better. Also, planting a vegetable garden is a great way to save money. A tomato plant is only a couple of dollars, and it produces around 10 pounds of tomatoes. Those of you who are new to gardening shouldn’t shy away from planting produce because this list of vegetables to include in your garden includes vegetables that are very easy to care for.

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Some of the easiest vegetables to grow are tomatoes. I realize tomatoes are technically a fruit, but since they are often treated like a vegetable I am letting the technical classification slide for now. Planting tomatoes is extremely easy. You can buy a small plant at any nursery, so you don’t have to worry about starting seeds. However, you can plant heirloom tomato seeds for a special treat. Because tomatoes tend to be disease resistant they do not require a lot of care, but they do need stakes to support them as they grow. Since they are so easy to care for, tomatoes are fantastic vegetables to include in your garden.

2. Peppers

Peppers

Both bell peppers and hot peppers are very easy to grow. In fact, they are very similar to tomatoes. They do not require much care aside from a stake to hold the stalks that support the pepper. Bell peppers turn from green to red as they ripen, and require a long, hot growing season. If you live in a colder climate, your peppers may not fully ripen. However, if you like green peppers that should not be a problem. When you grow peppers, you will end up with such a large amount you may not know what to do with them. I always roast extra peppers, peel the skin off, and freeze them to use later.

3. Cucumbers

Cucumbers

I love cucumbers so much, and I often buy them at the farmer’s market. However, I have learned that they are very easy to grow and may plant my own cucumbers this year. A few cucumber plants will produce enough cucumbers to feed a family of four! That is certainly incentive to plant cucumbers. Like all of the produce on this list, cucumbers are easy to grow. Most cucumbers have trailing vines, but there are bush varieties that can be planted in containers, which is great for small spaces.

4. Snow Peas

Snow Peas

When I was little, snow peas were one of my favorite vegetables. I think it had something to do with their name and the fact that they are sweet. They are a cool season crop that should be planted in early spring, and they are easy to grow from seed. One of the great things about snow peas is that they can be eaten whole, so you will get to enjoy your snow peas without much work.

5. Mesclun Mix

Mesclun Mix

If you like the spring salad mixes that you can buy at the grocery store, you should plant a mesclun mix in your garden. They are tender salad greens that are easy to grow from seed. You can plant a mesclun mix in beds or containers. Plan on planting these greens in early spring, because that is when they thrive.

6. Spinach

Spinach

Spinach is one of the healthiest green leafy vegetables you can eat, and it is very easy to grow from seed. Spinach is a great green to include in your garden because it can be planted throughout the season, which means you can have spinach all season long. While I haven’t ever tried to grow spinach, I know people who have, and they have said it was really easy to grow. I like vegetables that don’t require a lot of care, so maybe I will try planting spinach at some point. I do eat a fair amount of it!

7. Basil

Basil

When I was younger I planted a purple basil plant one year. I never intended to eat it, I really only planted it because it was so pretty. I was so glad I planted it because it was so fragrant and hardy. I only ever had to water it occasionally, and it grew all summer long. There are many different types of basil you can choose from, including Lime Basil, Thai Basil, and Genovese Basil. They all have a slightly different flavor. If you wanted, you could plant different varieties so you could try them and vary the flavor of your dishes.

Planting a summer garden is a great activity for families to do together. It is fun to watch the vegetables grow, and it can save quite a bit of money if you eat a lot of produce. Since there are so many easy vegetables to grow, you might want to try planting a few this year to see how nice it can be to have home-grown vegetables. What are your favorite vegetables to plant?

Source: bhg.com