Deciding what to plant in your garden can be an exciting and challenging task. Maybe it’s time for something new. Ideally, you want a good variety so you can enjoy different healthy foods and capitalize on the health of your soil. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as planting what you want, when you want. You need to consult a planting calendar and take variables like soil quality into consideration.
The following suggestions were chosen with season and complexity in mind to be an ideal starting point for a new vegetable garden.
- Carrots: As long as you have a deep plot of soil with minimal rocks, carrots are a great vegetable for your garden. Plant your carrots in late spring (May and June) to harvest late summer all through the fall. One great quality of carrots is that it’s easy to tell when they’re ready for harvesting by when their tops breach the soil line.
- Lettuce: Though there are obviously lots of variations, lettuce is generally an easy plant to grow and maintain. You can plant throughout the spring and summer and enjoy harvesting all through the summer and fall.
- Herbs: Perhaps one of the easiest edibles to plant and grow successfully, herbs are great for flavoring your cooking and are hearty enough to last through colder months, especially if potted and brought inside. Try rosemary, mint, and basil to start.
- Spinach: In addition to being incredibly good for you, spinach is also a relatively simple plant to grow and maintain. Once its leaves get to a reasonable size, you can begin harvesting continually, which will promote new growth.
- Radishes: Though they certainly aren’t what one would call a “popular” vegetable, radishes are a beginning gardener’s best friends. They grow quickly and have high yield, so the reward will be quick and plentiful.
- Summer Squash: Another vegetable with a high yield is summer squash. As long as you make sure your squashes are protected from the wind, you can manage to feed an entire family on just a few plants.
- Tomatoes: Look for starter plants at your local nursery or home improvement store. If you plant in the spring, well-sunned tomato plants can produce all through the summer.
Not only does having your own vegetable and herb garden give you easy access to high quality and nutritious food, gardening also has benefits to your mental and physical health. Many gardeners find the practice relaxing and meditative. Getting out of the house to enjoy some activity and sunshine helps to boost your mood and can even act as exercise.
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