Five Easy Edible Garden Starters for New Gardeners

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A look at some tasty and easy to grow garden starters. Great for beginners!

Edible Gardening for Beginners

Have you ever tried your hand at gardening only to find out that you might not have the green thumb you've always dreamed of? I understand your pain, that was me once upon a time. No matter what I did, my plants seemed to wild, wither, and die no matter how careful I was to take extra special care of them. I'm not saying I've discovered some miracle process for keeping plants healthy, in fact what it came down to was finding the right vegetables for planting in my garden that even I couldn't mess up. From there it was all about practice and learning the little ins and outs that makes a garden grow healthy and cleanly. For all of you out there who haven't yet mastered their gardening skills, here's some great choices for your veggie garden that are easy to grow and you're sure to love.

1. Carrots

Ah, yes, the carrot. Guaranteed to make any child under 10 turn their nose up at dinner, but don't worry, the carrots don't mind. These hardy vegetables are easy to plant and maintain and are highly tasty. Carrots are tough and thrive in fertile soil, guaranteeing you a bumper crop if you play your cards right. And to top it all off, there are so many different ways to prepare them! Chop them up for a salad, steam them for a snack, slice them up for stew or rinse and eat them right out of the ground. You really can't go wrong with carrots in your garden!

2. Cucumbers

If you're a big salad eater like I am, then you're probably already a fan of cucumbers to begin with. These refreshing, juicy vegetables are sweet to the taste and add a snappy crunch to just about anything! Easy to plant and simple to grow and keep healthy. If you keep them well fertilized harvest them regularly, you'll be able to enjoy plenty of cucumbers from just a single crop!

3. Basil

Basil is more of an herb than a vegetable, but it's still a great addition to your garden and it's easy to grow to boot! This tasty herb makes a useful spice for plenty of fantastic dishes. It goes well with many different meats, stews, and even adds a unique kick to your average garden salad.

4. Tomatos

Some say tomato, some say tomato... either way when you type it out it looks the same but that doesn't mean it’s the same as just any other veggie. While they're actually a fruit, they still make a great choice for vegetable gardens, especially in areas with a cooler climate. Depending on the type of tomato, you can get big, juicy tomatoes perfect for adding to sandwiches or burgers (a spring and summertime favorite!) or smaller chopped or even cherry tomatoes that are great to toss into salads. In any case, tomatoes are a cool food for when the weather gets hot.

5. Broccoli

This tall-growing veggie is hardy and frost resistant, so it makes a good choice for planting early and you can rest a little easier even if the temperature takes a dip. Tiny, tree-like broccoli florets make a welcome salad addition but also do well steamed (and in my case with a light spray of butter!). You should have no trouble either growing these or finding a use for them in your kitchen.

Get Started Growing!

These are just a few easy choices for starting a vegetable garden. There are definitely plenty more out there, but these are the ones I've found success with when it came right down to planting, maintaining, and harvesting. Just remember, keeping your garden healthy all comes down to hard work and your passion for caring for your plants. So long as you don't give up, one day you'll have a garden bursting at the seams with all kinds of fresh veggie delights!


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author avatar Vincent paul
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Those were some great tips on getting a new garden started. I think that by putting different kinds of vegetables and stuff it really adds to the process. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice guide on how to start a garden. Thanks!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2013 (#)

super Amanda some great tips indeed....thank you...

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author avatar happyfeetmama
25th Jul 2013 (#)

need to bookmark this. Will come back to this page when I finally have a house where I can grow stuff (right now I am living in an apartment), I did use Herbgarden to grow some herbs though but they were growing too fast for us to consume them in time!

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author avatar AmandaT
25th Jul 2013 (#)

I do a lot of container gardening. I knew I was going to be moving soon so I wanted to make sure I could take plants with me.

The best way to deal with extra herbs is to make sauces and can them, share the herbs with friends and neighbors, or simply freeze them. Freezing them isn't as good as eating them fresh but it's faster and easier than drying them.

I also like to grind them in a food processor and freeze them in an ice cup tray and then put them in freezer bags!

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author avatar Evanxbls
25th Jul 2013 (#)

I do a lot of gardening and have not considered growing carrots before. I will have to try that next growing season. Thanks for the great advice.

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author avatar Retired
31st Jul 2013 (#)

I've had luck with carrots before. They're pretty much idiot proof.

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author avatar AlphabetAmy
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

Good choices! I'm going to try to get a fall crop of broccoli - I mess it up every spring. I know there has to be a trick to it or something...

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