Starting a new garden can be exciting. It can also be a bit overwhelming. There are so many plants to choose from, how do you decide which to include? To make it easier, we made a list of our favorite plants for beginning gardeners.
Radishes are one of the easiest, and fastest, vegetables to grow. With barely a month between sowing the seeds and harvest, they can be sown every week or so throughout the summer for a continual supply for salads and healthy snacking. There are three main types of radish: round, long, and daikon.
Few things are more delicious than a fresh salad harvested directly from the garden. Whether you like crispy romaine, soft butter leaf, or fresh baby greens, we encourage you to add some to your garden.
Green beans are easy to grow, easy to harvest, and even easier to eat! Pole beans grow up walls and fences, making them perfect for small spaces. Bush beans are shorter and more compact, but still give a prolific bounty.
Swiss Chard is an under-appreciated plant. Chock full of vitamins A, K, and C, it’s a nearly-perfect vegetable. The baby greens are tender enough to eat in salads, while mature leaves can be sautéed or added to soups. It’s never bitter like other greens, and is perfect for cut-and-come-again gardening. In temperate climates, it can survive for years.
There are more varieties of tomatoes than any person would ever taste, much less grow. No matter what the climate is like in your area, you will be able to find several that will grow well.
Basil is an easy-growing herb that will continue to produce leaves all summer long with routine harvests. Often associated with Italian food, it has plenty of other uses as well, including adding a bold flavor to salads, and seasoning for soups and baked dishes.
Once you’ve had a homegrown strawberry, you’ll forever be disappointed with grocery store berries. Fortunately, they are very easy to grow, and can be grown in containers, borders, and anywhere you have an open spot.
Whether you like sweet peppers or peppers with a bite, you should make sure to include them in your garden. They love the summer heat and sunshine and will make a great compliment to summer salads and kebabs.
Summer squash grows quickly and will provide you with delicious fruit all summer long. When picked young, summer squash is tender and has a delicate flavor, perfect for grilling, sautéing, stuffing, or sliced thinly and adding to salads. Plants can be trained to grow up a trellis or fence, to save space.
Borage is a favorite plant for gardeners because of its beautiful and edible flowers, which bloom all summer long, attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden. They have a mild flavor similar to cucumbers and make a lovely addition to salads, as well as a fun garnish for cocktails.
Blue Borage is the most common type, but it can also be found in white and pink
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