Growing your own vegetables in a backyard garden is a rewarding experience. You'll save money, grow a healthier, chemical free crop and best of all, you'll notice that your home-grown vegetables taste better that those you buy at the supermarket. Some of the most popular vegetable choices are low maintenance and relatively simple to grow.
Leaf lettuce and romaine are two tasty varieties that are easy to grow in a backyard garden. Lettuce thrives in moist, cool conditions and produces a better crop when placed in areas that allow full sun exposure. Plant lettuce in well-drained, sandy loam soil. Give plants a light, frequent watering and crops will be ready to eat in about 50 to 70 days. Harvest your leaf and romaine lettuce by cutting it to ground level when the leaves appear large enough to use.
The tomato comes in many shapes, sizes and colors and is one of the easiest plants to grow in your own garden. Plant several kind of tomatoes that will suit the needs of your family. Tomato plants thrive in rich, well-drained soil and should be planted in areas that receive full sun for most of the day. Water plants regularly and allow tomato to ripen on the vine. Harvest time ranges from 60 to 80 days depending on the variety. Pick tomatoes when fruit is firm and fully colored.
The hardy, easy-to-grow carrot will thrive in your home garden. Plant carrots deeply in loose soil that is well-drained. Avoid clumps or rocky areas, as they may hinder root growth. Carrots require full sun to partial sun exposure and must be watered often. They are not drought tolerant so keep carrots moist by surrounding them with mulch, which also helps suppress weed growth. Smaller carrots are usually more tender and juicy than larger ones, so it's recommended that you harvest your carrots when they are the size of a finger. Carrots can remain in the soil until you're ready to use them.
Two varieties of the pea that you can easily grow in a back yard garden are snow peas and snap peas. Plant peas in basic, moist soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Peas will usually grow tall and require staking; you may plant them near a fence or trellis if you wish to avoid using stakes. Place plants in full sun and water them enough to keep them moist. Peas will be ready to pick in about 60 days.
The radish is a fast-growing vegetable that will add a zing of flavor to your salads. Plant your radishes in almost any soil that had proper drainage. Plants prefer full sun exposure but will grow in partial shade. Watch your radishes closely as they mature quickly and harvest should begin as soon as the root appears to have reached an edible size. Radishes are usually ready pick 30 to 40 days after planting. If you leave radish in the soil too long they will become hotter in taste and woody in texture.