Growing vegetables at home is an economical and health-conscious decision that many people are making these days. Planting your own garden requires a little hard work, but the many benefits will make it worthwhile. Most vegetables grow best in rich, well-drained soil conditions and usually require full sun exposure to flourish. There are several vegetables that will grow well anywhere and are good choices for the novice gardener.
Tomatoes are delicious to eat, are full of vitamin C and come in a large variety of sizes and types. They are considered one of the easiest vegetables to grow in gardens. Tomato plants adapt to most soil conditions and thrive in almost any climate. Plants require full sun exposure and should be watered every day. Roma and cherry tomatoes are both excellent choices for home growing. The roma is disease-resistant, and cherry tomatoes don't require staking if you don't mind them expanding on the ground.
Fast-growing radishes will produce crops in about a month.They are usually the first vegetable to emerge in your garden. If they are planted in the early spring, they will not have such a spicy taste. Radishes grow best in moist, fertile soil and require full sun exposure and regular waterings.The round summer radish, the most popular, is red and white in color and is used in salads.
Peas are a cool-season crop, so you should plant them in the early spring, as soon as the ground is soft. Peas can grow along fences, or the plant vines can crawl on the ground. Plant peas in full sun and make sure that the soil is well drained. Water pea plants daily. Harvest your peas regularly; this will increase your yield. Sugar snap peas are a favorite of kids; they are sweet and can be eaten right off the vine.
Quick-growing carrots are another easy-to-grow vegetable. There are three types of carrot; long-root, short-root and medium-root. They prefer fertile, moist soil conditions and thrive in full sun but must be well watered. Short-root carrots are sweet and small in size. Medium-root are usually your best bet for harvesting a good crop. Large-root carrots are bigger, but they aren't as tasty as short- or medium-root carrots.
The potato plant requires little maintenance. Plant your potatoes in the early spring as soon as the soil is manageable. Simply dig a hole, plant cut pieces of potato, bury and mound the dirt around them and you'll have your own home-grown potatoes in June. Potatoes require full sun exposure and moist, fertile and well-drained soil, and need to be watered regularly.