One of the easiest, fastest and easiest to grow backyard plants to cultivate are those that do not need much attention. Believe it or not, they can be ready to harvest in as little as 3 weeks with very minimal care. I grew up on an organic farm, and I still enjoy cultivating plants that require very little maintenance. My favorite vegetables are cucumbers, beets, squash, and tomatoes. They are very forgiving and easy to grow, and yield delicious fresh tasting vegetables year round!
If you have never attempted vegetable gardening before and want to try something new, I would highly recommend that you begin by growing vegetables that don’t need much maintenance. They make great starter plants for anyone new to gardening because they are so easy to grow and yield great results in a relatively short period of time. In this article I will give you a brief overview of some of these easy to grow veggies that are perfect for your first backyard garden.
Probably one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate in a backyard setting are potatoes. These are also very forgiving, which is a huge plus, since they tend to do very well in any variety of conditions. They really should be planted in a warm sunny spot, but then you can move them around later if necessary. Keep in mind when planting potatoes in a backyard garden that you should never plant them too close together. They can get smothered quickly!
Another very easy to grow plant is peas! There are quite a few varieties of peas and each has their own way of doing things, but you basically just have to set aside approximately four hours each week for them to flower, thrive, and (most importantly) start to harvest. Because peas can be harvested before they bloom, it is very easy to increase their harvest if you just know how to go about it. Basically there are two things to remember when harvesting peas: never leave them unattended, and always pick them up before they fall to the ground. These two simple steps will ensure that your family eats fresh peas all year around!
Lastly on the easy to grow list are the delicious varieties of black beans! You’ll find a very large variety of these beans at your local grocery store and they do taste good. Just be sure to avoid the “fire cooked” varieties and go with organic ones if you want to ensure good health. The other thing to consider is that black beans can be prone to getting stuck in the ground, so it is wise to stack them high. Staking your bean crops helps them to stay high in the air.
Finally, let’s talk about radishes. Once again, there are hundreds of different varieties of radishes available at your local grocery store and each one can produce a different crop each year. This makes it very difficult to keep track of which seeds you need to plant next year when you’re trying to get ahead with your garden. Luckily, there is an easy way to do this. Radish seeds can be placed inside of small airtight bags, thus ensuring that each crop of radish will be ready to harvest even in the winter.