Successful Vegetables: Our Top 10 Crops for Beginner Gardeners

There’s a lot of information on the back of seed packets that can help you get started with your first garden season, but it won’t tell you which crops to grow as a beginner, and comparing all the options can still be bewildering. Don’t worry, you’re in good company—gardening is on the rise, and there are lots of folks out there just like you, asking themselves the same thing: What should I grow?

My first piece of advice is, grow what you like to eat. Not a fan of broccoli? Don’t grow it. Crazy about fresh salads? Start with lettuce. Never grown a leaf in your life? Try the crops on this list, omitting any that you don’t have space for or don’t like to eat.

My second tip is to keep it simple. It might seem ideal to have a huge variety of vegetables and something new to try every night, but each crop has its own preferences and needs, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to keep track of it all. To avoid this scenario, keep it simple: Start with just 4, 5 or 6 crops you really dig, learn as much as you can about how to grow them well, write important dates on the calendar, and keep notes along the way. By next season you’ll have some real data to work with, and will have a much better sense of what to grow and how much garden you can handle. Ready to get started? Make a grid like the one below to plan what, when and where to sow, then check out our 10 best crops for beginners.

1) Peas & Pole Beans are very simple to grow, and can be great fun for kids. Simply install your trellis (like a teepee of bamboo canes or a piece of chicken wire), plant your seeds and keep watered till you see them pop out of the ground. Once they’re producing, harvest daily to lengthen the harvest. Peas should be planted as early as possible in the spring, while beans shouldn’t be planted until the soil has warmed to 60 degrees. Try Cascadia snap peas and Blue Coco, Rattlesnake or Kentucky Wonder beans.


Rainbow Chard

2) Chard & Kale are great, easy-to-grow sources of cooking and salad greens. You can direct sow them in the ground in the spring, or start transplants 4 weeks before planting out about 2 weeks before your last frost date. When the plants are about 1 foot tall, you can start harvesting the outer (older) leaves, and continue harvesting long into the fall! You can even grow these in spots that have partial shade (with only 4-6 hours of sun per day). All are equally easy to grow—try large Lacinato kale for soups and salads, Vates for a compact curly leaf and Red Russian for a tender steaming green.

3) Radishes are one of the most gratifying garden crops because they germinate and grow so rapidly. Simply direct sow any time of year, water well, and harvest in 30 days! Want to grow carrots? Mix some radish seed with your carrot seed when you sow – the radishes will mark where the slower-growing carrots were planted, and will help with thinning when you harvest them. Radishes also act like the “canary in the coal mine” of soil health—if you find your radishes are growing thin and spindly roots without forming radishes, your soil is nutrient-deficient. Pull them up, add a balanced compost or seaweed fertilizer, and sow again. Try classic red Cherry Belle or gourmet favorite D’Avignon.


Salad Greens

4) Baby Lettuce and Salad Mixes are another satisfying garden crop. Just direct sow seeds in a 2-3” wide band, water well, and harvest in 30-40 days. To harvest, take a sharp knife or scissors and cut the leaves about 1” above the soil line (you might even be able to harvest a second cut off the row if the weather is cool and you allow the plants to re-grow.)

5) Basil is an easy and delicious herb to grow. Simply direct sow in containers, or in the garden once the soil has warmed to 60 degrees. Allow the plants to grow to about 8” tall before harvesting individual leaves starting from the bottom up. Once the plants are about a foot tall, you can clip the tops of the plants for bigger harvests and to encourage a bushier growth habit. Try compact Genovese, larger Aroma 2 or Sweet Thai for a pretty and exotic treat.


Evergreen Hardy Bunching Onion

6) Scallions are wonderfully easy to grow – just direct sow (but not too thickly – they’ll grow thin and spindly), water well, and begin harvesting in around 60 days. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil and harvest whole clumps at a time. They store exceptionally well in the fridge, and can be left to grow in the garden for months, even years at a time, especially varieties like Evergreen Hardy.

7) Summer Squash often ends up the butt of garden jokes because it’s almost too easy to grow—many gardeners have accidentally ended up with squash the size of baseball bats and had to bring their over-abundant harvests to the neighbors (this is probably how zucchini bread was invented). Simply direct sow 2-3 seeds in a mound with plenty of compost, keep well watered, and check the plants daily for ripe fruit (the fruit can grow to enormous sizes in just one or two days, so harvest early and often!) Tip: To moderate the harvest, pick unopened zucchini flowers, stuff with ricotta & parmesan and deep fry whole for a gourmet treat known in Italy as fiori di zucca.


Ping Tung Long Eggplant

8) Eggplant is surprisingly easy to grow, either in the garden or in large containers. The key is plenty of sun and choosing varieties that are earlier with smaller-sized fruit—we recommend Snowy, Little Finger, and Ping Tung Long for beginners. They’re convenient to cook, as well, since the non-bitter flesh can be quickly sliced for Middle Eastern dishes and Italian favorites like eggplant parmesan. We recommend starting these inside at least 6 weeks before planting out (which can start anytime after your last frost date).

9) Peppers are also quite easy, requiring little in the way of fertility or care, and they have almost no pests that bother them. The array of choices is huge—but it’s generally easier to ripen Italian-type sweet peppers and hot peppers than the bigger Bell peppers. Some of the earliest, easiest varieties to grow are Purple Beauty, Sweet Chocolate, Oranos F1 and Stocky Red Roaster. Hot peppers, like Ring-O-Fire, Hungarian Hot Wax, and Early Jalapeno are also very productive and easy to grow. We recommend starting peppers inside at least 6 weeks before planting out (which can start anytime after your last frost date).

Esterina F1 Cherry Tomato

10) Tomatoes come with a caveat—they can be very easy, if you choose varieties and methods that are easy. The simplest varieties to grow are disease-resistant and determinate, which means they grow to a particular height, produce a bunch of fruit, and then stop. They don’t require pruning, and can make do with just a stake or tomato cage for support. In this category choose Gold Nugget, Bellstar or Iron Lady F1. For a bigger, longer harvest, choose cherries like Esterina F1, Black Cherry or Bing, and salad-sized varieties like Glacier, Moskvich and Crimson Sprinter. For these semi-determinate and indeterminate varieties, try the World’s Best Tomato Trellis. We recommend starting tomatoes inside at least 6 weeks before planting out (which can start anytime after your last frost date).

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5 Easiest Vegetables To Grow For Beginner Gardeners

I’ve been there, the seed catalogues come in January and you get all excited about what to grow this year in your garden. It can be hard to figure out where to start, so I thought I’d share my recommendations on five easy vegetables to grow in your garden in your first year. The biggest mistake new gardeners make is not starting small: They have too big of a garden, they try to grow too many things, and in the end they get burnt out.

My advice after teaching people how to start gardening for years is to only start with a few things. Three to five types of vegetables in a single variety of each. This will give you a really good foundation to start your gardening journey.

Grow What You Eat

A very common this that I see newbie gardeners do is get excited by what they could grow, but they may not really like things or they try new stuff before they find out if they really like them. If you were to look in your kitchen right now, what vegetables are you purchasing from the store? Many of those could be good contenders for your first year’s short list.

There will be some things that you buy that aren’t in season or are more complicated to grow, but many of what most people like will be on our list below. So consider what you eat, choose the easier ones to grow and let’s stack the deck in our favor!

Get Your Garden Prepared

It’s important to not just think about the vegetables that you’re going to grow, but to also think about growing good soil. Have good soil is really what makes a garden go from okay to amazing, so don’t skimp on this step. If you have never gardened before, check out our post on how to prepare your soil for a vegetable garden.

From Seeds Or From Seedlings

There are some things that do really well from seeds and some things that starting with a seedling is the way to go for first time gardeners. Seedlings are simply very young plants that have been started ahead of time indoors, that you later transfer outdoors into your garden.

It can be tempting in your first year or two to in addition of starting a garden to also raising seedlings indoors, but my advice is to avoid this. Your first few years to learn gardening is a lot, to add learning to start seeds into seedlings is too much and you’ll just burn out.

Below I’ll mention which ones I’d start from seed and which ones I’d start from seedlings.

What Plants To Start With?

Here are a few of my favorite plants to start with. These are pretty easy, widely available and you can find lots of knowledge from local people and online. Start with three to five of these in a single variety. It will be tempting to choose a bunch of types of vegitables and a few varieties of each, but doing so will bring complexity, stress and a greater chance of failure. We don’t want that!

Zucchini

There is an old joke that I like to tell. In the city people lock their doors so people don’t steal their stuff, in the country they lock their cars so someone doesn’t leave them a bag of zucchini and squash in their front seat. What is really great about this plant is that it grows really fast, its very simple and it produces a ton of vegetables.

I’d suggest starting out with three plants of zucchini if you have a family. There will come a point where you can’t eat anymore (trust me), at that point I usually just pull the plants out of my garden and compost them. For your first year I’d start these from seedlings, they’re easy to find, cheap and makes it easy to start.

One piece of advice that I give is I’ve found that there comes a point when I start to see squash bugs on my plants. When I see more than 2 or 3 of them on a plant, I pull that plant right then and there. New gardeners will often be hesitant to prune or pull out plants, you can’t be afraid to. Squash bugs are very difficult to combat, every trick I’ve read online doesn’t do anything for my garden. So I plant a few extra than I need and then just pull the plants as soon as I see the bugs and am content with whatever squash I got to that point, usually I’m sick of it by then anyways!

Tomatoes

These are a favorite for most people and a garden tomato can’t be beat. I would absolutely use seedlings for tomatoes. The two varieties I suggest are “Early Girls” or “Roma”. If you have short growing season I’d suggest Early Girls because they produce pretty quickly and earlier than most tomatoes.

A few notes about tomatoes: If you find that you are getting a lot of flowers, but they’re not really translating into tomatoes it’s often because they aren’t pollinating well enough. This could be because they’re aren’t enough natural pollinators like bees or Humidity is binding up the pollen. Tomatoes will often stop fruiting when it gets really hot, then start back up when summer temperatures start to wind down.

If you live in a very hot and humid area and Early Girls aren’t working for you, consider the variety “Pink Brandywine”. They produce great tomatoes that are huge and tend to fair a bit better in higher heat.

Finally know that you will need to support the tomatoes in some manner. This could be a cage, it could be a be a steak or string. My favorite way to stake these is get a 6 foot pole that is durable metal coated in plastic and then use the rolls of twist ties you can buy at the store. I find other options just don’t hold up over the years or are too cumbersome.

Radishes

I’ll be the first to say these aren’t my personal favorite, but they are super easy to grow and they open up the soil some as they grow. I’ll plant these for the chickens to peck out of the dirt and for friends who like them. Radishes take between 14 and 21 days to grow full which is very fast and they are a cooler weather crop so early spring or fall is a great time for these.

These are very easy to grow from seeds and they’re very cheap to buy a lot of seeds. The seeds are very small, so what I will do is prep my bed nice and even, then just scratch the surface a little bit with the back of a garden rake. The rule of thumb for seed depth is 3 times the length of the longest dimension of the seed.

In the case of radishes this means you barley cover them if at all, just make sure you keep them nice and moist with a fine mist (not a spray). It can be easy for these to dry out, but since we plant in the cooler parts of the year it’s a little easier. For spacing I follow the same approach I use with lettuce, so read below to find out how I do it.

Lettuce

There are a million varieties of lettuce so it can get overwhelming. Ask around locally to see if people have favorites that do well in your area. I often just get a lettuce seed mix which is several kinds all mixed together. You loosely broadcast the seeds over a smoothed and prepared bed and lightly water.

Since we are starting from seeds, we need to know how to space them so they’re not so close that they crowd the others, but not too far that we allow for weeds or wasted space. For lettuce I typically just shake the seeds out over the entire bed as evenly as I can, then when they start to grow up to about 2 inches, I go in and pluck out some of them to make enough space. I typically go for about four inches apart from other plants, but I also try to choose the strongest ones. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Lettuce is grown in cooler weather, so spring or fall, the heat of the summer is often too much for most varieties, but there are some options for those who live in hot climates. From seeding to harvest is about 3 weeks and you often can cut the leaves right above the soil about an inch and the lettuce will grow back another two times or so.

Beans

The two main types are “bush” or “pole” beans, the only difference really is that the pole beans need something to climb. I often just stick with bush beans because it’s less poles and structures I have to deal with. These are a great plant to start out with in your first garden.

Beans are easily started from seed and are a larger seed. Because we know the rule of thumb: plant three times the longest part of the seed, they typically get buried about an inch or so below the soil. I usually take my rake and with the handle side make a little divot, drop the seeds about 6 inches apart and then lightly brush the soil of the trough back over the seeds. Again, we don’t need to get out our ruler here!

So those are my recommendations on how to start a garden the easy way, to stack the deck in your favor and keep it all fun. In the comments let me know what you’re going to try.

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  • By Ryan Mitchell on March 23, 2018 / Do It Yourself, Food, Gardening, Homesteading, Self Sufficiency Tags: easiest vegetables to grow, Food, Garden, gardening, gardening tips, Green & Eco Friendly, Life Style, simple living, Sustainable

    After years of growing vegetables, many when I didn’t know what I was doing, I’ve learned through trial and error what are actually easy grow vegetables – and the vegetables that aren’t so easy. See if you agree!

    Are there truly vegetables that are easy to grow? Where you can basically plant them (either seed or transplant) in good soil, give them water, do basic care like staking and trellising, and they will produce food? I think no matter what stage of gardener you are, beginner to advanced, knowing which vegetables will give you a nice harvest with the least amount of work is a good thing.

    We all need the reward from the work of prepping, planting, and maintaining a garden, right? Yes, you can plant an easy care vegetable garden with raised beds and soaker hoses to lessen weeding and hand-watering. You can start your own seeds and add compost and organic fertilizer to your beds. But in the end if the plants die it doesn’t matter. You need a list of hardy plants to grow.

    These easy grow vegetables are the plants to grow year after year, forming the backbone of the vegetable garden. I wouldn’t be without these, and if I want to try a tougher vegetable (cauliflower, I’m talking about you), I fit them in around these tried-and-true favorites.

    I’m starting with the vegetables that I’ve found to truly be easy to grow. Then I’m going to list four that have not been easy to grow in my gardens, but are often found on lists of easy grow vegetables. I don’t know why – maybe they are easy in some gardens or maybe everyone is just copying from the same list, but I don’t agree and I think my reasons are solid. I’d love to what you think, of course!

    11 (+1) Easy Grow Vegetables

    1. Lettuce

    Rarely bothered by pests with varieties that can take cold and some heat, lettuce is one of the vegetables that can be grown year around almost anywhere. As long as it gets the moisture it likes and is shaded from the heat of the day in midsummer, it will reliably produce for you. Bonus: it’s one of the few vegetables that does well in gardens with less sun.

    Read more on growing, harvesting, preserving, and using lettuce in The Ultimate Lettuce Guide, including the varieties I like to grow.

    2. Potatoes

    Potatoes are almost a plant-it-and-forget-it crop. Almost. You do have to keep the tubers covered and keep the varmints away (darn you, voles), but other than that they hardly need anything from you – even watering is minimal.

    You can plant them in the ground and hill up soil, plant then on top of soil and hill up with straw (seen above in my garden), plant in special potato-growing bags, containers, or even in garbage cans. I used to think you needed a lot of room, but you can fit a bag or can just about anywhere, can’t you?

    And when you pull back the soil or straw and find the waiting fresh tubers? It’s like finding buried treasure – so fun!

    3. Green Beans

    Ah, beans – every garden that has a couple rows will have a dependable food crop. It’s simple to start beans from seeds and easy to get the kids to help, too. They grow reliably with just water. I prefer pole beans since they’re easier to pick and produce a longer harvest, but bush beans are good, too. Just plant some!

    Read more on growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking beans in The Ultimate Green Bean Guide, including the two main varieties I grow.

    4. Radishes (if you like them…)

    Uh, with no photo you can probably guess we don’t really like radishes, so I don’t grow them. But I did grow them the first few years I had a garden because they are so easy to grow – so there’s that. They also provide you with the first food of the spring garden quick, which is nice. None of which matters if your family won’t eat them, which is why I always suggest only growing what your family likes – learn from my experience!

    5. Cucumbers

    Cucumbers will grow for you as long as you provide them with the water they love. They are vines and will just grow and grow. If you want to make them even easier, train the vines up a trellis like I do. Not only will they be easier to find and pick among all the vines, they are straighter with more even color.

    6. Tomatoes

    Almost every person who wants to grow vegetables plans for at least a couple tomato plants. While they need staking, other than water and sun, that’s about all they need. And wow, the harvest you can get from one plant, especially if you plant a cherry or grape variety. Even if your plant only produces one basket of tomatoes it will be worth it when you take that first sun-ripened bite.

    Read more on growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking with tomatoes in The Ultimate Tomato Guide, including the varieties I like to grow.

    7. Hot peppers

    I’m including hot peppers (jalapeño, anaheim, ancho, etc.) on this list because once you plant them, they will produce a good amount with very little maintenance on your part. And because we eat them in the green stage, so even areas with shorter summers and grow them. When they’re happy, they will produce a LOT. Enough for a batch of canned salsa or pickled jalapenos.

    8. Beets

    This is the better root vegetable to grow, unlike carrots (more on that below). Yes, they will need some thinning, but since the seeds are bigger than carrots, they’re easier to plant further apart. And you can use the thinned plants for the greens in a salad.

    Oh, and if you think you don’t like beets, you may want to try this salad.

    9. Zucchini

    Of course. It may go without saying that this is an easy grow vegetable, though you do need to plant early to get your crop in before the inevitable mildew happens in the fall. Other than that, you just want to make sure to only plant 1-2 plants no matter how big your family is, because the reputation is true – they produce!

    But that’s not a big deal, because some of our favorite recipes use zucchini.

    10. Onions

    I find onions grown from sets or simple green onions to be the easiest – bulb onions planted as starts sometimes don’t bulb up before going to seed. I especially like the fact that onions can be planted in lots of spots in the garden – along the edges of raised beds are one of my favorite spots. It’s a way to squeeze more vegetables into your gardening space.

    Read more on growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking with onions in The Ultimate Onion Guide, including the varieties I like to grow.

    11. Peas

    I love spring-grown peas, they are so tender and sweet! Lucky for me, they are truly easy to grow with a bit of trellising to make harvest easier. Planted in early spring, they produce a LOT. Unfortunately, they don’t like hot weather, so they’re usually done by early July in my PNW zone 8 garden. That’s okay though – it’s super easy to freeze them and then we’re on to the green beans!

    12. BONUS: Broccoli and Cabbage

    These two brassicas are not usually considered easy because they are often riddled with bug problems – aphids and cabbage worm. But I’ve found they are actually pretty easy to grow when covered most of the season with floating row covers. This is what made the difference for me, and I know it will for you, too, if you’ve thought these crops were hard.

    And both of these are not just one-hit-wonders – broccoli will produce side shoots throughout the whole season for me (love!) and cabbage grows sweet little baby cabbages if left after the main harvest.

    Read more on growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking with broccoli in The Ultimate Broccoli Guide and cabbage in The Ultimate Cabbage Guide, with some of the varieties I’ve grown.

    And 4 Not So Easy to Grow Vegetables

    Okay, now here are the vegetables you’ll read all over the internet and in magazines that are usually listed as “easy grow” vegetables, but that I have found are actually not that easy, needing special growing conditions and with consistently spotty results.

    1. Carrots

    These are always listed – especially for kids gardens. And while they are super fun to harvest (if they’ve grown well), they are not easy to germinate and get to grow at all. And let’s not forget about the thinning. SO tedious, but if you don’t do it, you will have tiny stunted carrots. What kid wants to do that?

    2. Corn

    This is only easy IF you have enough space. If not, you will have a few rows of decorative stalks that produce small, mostly unfilled out cobs if any at all. They need good pollination which only happens if planted in large groups.

    3. Spinach

    Usually listed in with salad greens, spinach is fussy – too fussy to be listed in an easy grow vegetables list. In my experience it doesn’t have the best germination rate and those that do grow barely get big enough to harvest before the weather warms up and they bolt. Spinach doesn’t like much warmth at all.

    4. Sweet Peppers

    Here’s where I’m separating hot peppers from sweet. Sweet peppers might be easier to grow if you live in warmer climates, but for half of the country, peppers need coddling to get started early enough to produce ripe fruit before the first frosts in the fall. And green sweet peppers are NOT ripe. The only way to get mostly fully ripe and colored sweet peppers from a spring sowing in the north is to grow them under a cover. (We do eat many hot peppers like jalapenos and anaheims green, which is why they made it to the easy list.)

    I often do grow these four vegetables, but only after I’ve planted the easier crops above and if I’m prepared to give them more time. And I usually don’t worry too much if they don’t produce that well because I’ve got the rest of the garden planted with almost sure things (is anything ever really a sure thing in the gardening world?).

    So tell me – do you agree? What are your go-to easy grow vegetables?

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    Top 10 easy to grow vegetable, fruit & salad seeds and plants for beginners

    Do you dream of harvesting your own home grown foods, but just don’t know where to start?

    Wondering which vegetables are easy to grow? From pots to plots, there are vegetables to suit gardens of every size. Growing your own isn’t complicated. Here’s our infographic, which we’ve also broken down into handy, bite-size pieces. Read on!

    1. Salad Leaves

    Crunchy fresh leaves with a fantastic range of textures and flavours. Try sowing our easy Salad ‘Speedy Mix’ throughout the summer months, and you’ll be cutting fresh leaves for your sandwiches just 3 weeks later! Better still, they will continue growing so you can harvest them again and again. See our full range of salad seeds here.

    2. Radishes

    Spice up your salads with crunchy, peppery radishes. They’re easy to grow in containers, or sow them directly into the ground throughout the summer for a succession of crunchy, colourful crops. ‘French Breakfast’ is a tried and tested favourite variety, while ‘Rainbow Mixed’ will give you a colourful visual treat for your plate as well as masses of flavour!

    3. Potatoes

    A fun crop to grow Plant potatoes during late February and March in potato bags that are only part filled with compost. When the green shoots begin to appear above the soil, simply cover them with more compost. Repeat until the bag is full, and then you only need remember to water them! The real fun comes at the end of the season, 10 to 20 weeks later when the foliage starts to yellow and die back. Tip the bag out and rummage around in the soil to collect up your own home grown potatoes. Potatoes are such easy vegetables to grow at home!

    4. Peas

    Peas are a trouble free crop that enjoy cooler weather. Sow them directly into the ground from March to June and look forward to the incredible sweet flavour of fresh picked peas from June to August. All they need is support for their stems – simply erect some chicken wire or netting between supports at each end of the row. You’ll be amazed at how good fresh peas taste – and the more that you pick them, the more they produce!

    5. Spring onions

    Give your salads a tangy crunch with some quick-growing spring onions. Companion planting with mint will help to deter onion fly. Try ‘White Lisbon’ for a crop that’ll overwinter, or ‘Performer’ for a milder taste.

    6. Broad Beans

    What could be simpler! Sow Broad Beans in spring in small 7.5cm (3″) pots of compost, and within a few weeks these quick growing beans will make sturdy plants that can be planted out in the garden. If that sounds like too much work then sow them directly in the ground. Watch the bees pollinate their pretty flowers and before you know it you will be harvesting a bumper crop of fresh picked beans from June onwards, with a flavour that puts supermarket beans to shame. Try ‘Jubilee Hysor’ for a fantastic yield, or ‘Perla’ for a gourmet crop.

    7. Runner Beans

    Almost as simple as broad beans and you can sow them in the same way. Runner beans are climbers so give them plenty of space and train them onto wires or a plant support frame. Keep them well watered and they will reward you with a constant supply in summer. Regular picking is essential – but that won’t be a problem when they taste so good! If you are short on space, why not try dwarf runner bean ‘Hestia’.

    8. Onions and Garlic

    Onions and garlic are virtually maintenance-free crops, and are such easy vegetables to grow. Simply plant onion bulbs and individual garlic cloves on well drained soil in spring or autumn – then leave them to it! In late summer when the foliage yellows and dies back, you can lift them and dry them in the sun before storing them. What could be easier?

    9. Tomatoes

    Tomato plants are so quick that you can almost watch them grow, so they are the ideal easy vegetable for kids to cultivate. Choose a bush variety like ‘Cherry Cascade’ that can be planted in hanging baskets and window boxes. Bush varieties don’t require training or side-shooting, so you only need to feed and water them before the fruit starts to pour from the plant!

    10. Beetroot

    For a super-easy to grow root vegetable try beetroot. Often used in salads but equally tasty eaten warm and freshly boiled as a vegetable. Beetroot can be sown directly into moist ground from March to July. As they grow, thin the seedlings to about 5cm apart. From May to September you can look forward to harvesting your own colourful, succulent beetroot. ‘Boltardy’ is a very popular variety, and ‘Boldor’ has vibrant orange flesh and a sweet flavour.

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    Get more from your garden over the gardening year
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    Our vegetable growers ‘Learning Centre’ is free to all our customers and contains an ever increasing library of ‘how to grow vegetables’ video tutorials and written support material. Quickcrop also hosts our unique ‘Growmatic’ growers software tool which enables you to project manage your garden from your desktop.

    Raised beds and vegetable garden plans
    Quickcrop are the leading suppliers of timber raised vegetable beds, soil mixes and all the organic plant feeds and top quality tools you are likely to need. Remember we are vegetable growers too and are happy that the supplies we use in our kitchen gardens will work as well in your garden as they do in ours.

    We supply raised bed planting plans for most of our raised beds to help get you growing your own in record time. Planting a garden can be a little daunting for a beginner with different planting distances and requirements for the vegetables you might want to grow. We provide ready to use plans for a range of garden sizes using an amended version of the ‘Square Foot Gardening’ principle. At Quickcrop we have built our business on making it easy to ‘Grow Your Own’ straight out of the box.

    A ‘Grow your own’ vegetable garden has never been easier, give us a try and let us exceed your expectations in what an online plant nursery can provide.

    Quickcrop Vegetable Plug Plants Provide You With An Instant Growing Vegetable Garden
    No Hassle Easy Gardening To Provide Healthy And Tasty Food For All Of Your Family.

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