Easy to Grow Vegetables
While it is easy to grow vegetables, some vegetables are easier to
grow than others. When starting off a vegetable garden with your children,
you will want to begin with easy vegetables to grow to almost guarantee
a decent crop, encourage the children (and yourself!)
and keep enthusiasm for growing vegetables high!
Just how easy to grow vegetables are does depend in part on your
climate and the soil conditions, but the following list is generally
agreed across the board as being a good guide on
easy vegetables to grow.
List of Easy to Grow Vegetables
- Cress. This must be the absolutely most easy
vegetable to grow. Usually grown indoors in flat containers with
just some damp kitchen towel or blotting paper, you simply cannot
go wrong. Cress, like mustard, grows very quickly and is the ideal
starting place for young children. For added novelty, consider growing
- Lettuce. Again, lettuce can be grown inside or
out, in containers or in the vegetable patch. There are lots of
different varieties to chose from. Follow the advice on growing
lettuce and to begin with, try a smaller lettuce which grows
- Radishes. These are also a must on your list
of starter vegetables. They prefer a damper or colder climate, and
need very little maintenance - simply thin them out sufficiently
to ensure there is enough space for the bulbs to develop. Radishes
are often grown together with carrots, as the seedlings pop up quickly,
acting as row markers, and also help to break down the surface for
the weaker carrot seedlings to come through. See the different types
and all about growing radishes.
- Swiss Chard. Like spinach, chard
is not fussy about the ground and needs almost no care apart from
thinning out and weeding to begin with. Chard also looks nice, especially
the variety with red stems, and both the leaf and stem can be eaten.
In many climates, chard will overwinter quite cheerfully. Children
who don't like spinach, will often take to chard instead.
- Green Beans. Try the bush types for ease of cultivation,
though runner beans do offer more yield in the same space (because
they grow upwards!) and you can experiment with growing the beans
over arches, creating a tunnel of runner beans through which the
children can walk or make a bean teepee!
- Carrots. Providing you keep to a few simple rules,
growing carrots is easy. They
prefer a cooler climate and can be planted as soon as the frost
is past and the ground is workable.
- Potatoes. Though often not considered to be an
easy to grow vegetable, potatoes actually are as long as they are
banked up and watered frequently. You can grow
potatoes in containers which means they don't take up much space
for a decent crop.
- Spinach. The best type of spinach to go for is
spinach beet (which is not really a 'true' spinach at all) as it
is less likely to bolt. Spinach prefers cooler climates so is ideal
planted in early spring or autumn (check the variety on the seed
packet), and like chard, leaves can be picked off and used and the
plant will just keep on growing.
- Onions. Your best bet is to plant onion sets
(miniature onions) rather than onion seeds to begin with. They are
easy for younger children to handle and need almost no maintenance
apart from initial weeding. Plant radishes together with the onions
to mark out the rows, as they sprout faster. Onions like to be planted
early on in the season, but there are also varieties which can be
planted in late summer or early autumn for a winter or spring crop.
- Beetroot. Like spinach, kids either love it or
hate it, but it is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. It can
be planted as soon as the frost is over and just requires damp ground
The above list are easy to grow vegetables because they can
be planted directly in the ground and don't require transplanting.
They are also not too fussy about the soil or climate and don't need
too much maintenance.
In warm climates it is also easy to grow vegetables
directly outdoors which in cooler climates may benefit from being
started off indoors or in a greenhouse and then being transplanted
later on when the weather has warmed up a bit. These are:
- Courgettes (Zucchini). Once established, courgettes
really do look after themselves. They need a lot of water and can
be prone to the same virus as cucumbers, so plant these two in different
areas of the garden. Courgette flowers are also edible and considered
- Tomatoes. Tomatoes are easy to grow as long as
the leaves do not get too wet. They need staking (usually with bamboo
canes) or can be grown upside down! In cooler, wetter climates they
do better indoors or in greenhouses but can be successful if planted
along a south-facing wall and given some protecting in the form
of a tomato frame. Choose cherry tomatoes as these are sweeter.
- Cucumbers. Cucumbers love climbing, so need some
form of frame to grow along or can be planted by a fence - like
tomatoes, they can also be grown upside down! In cooler climates,
they do best indoors or in the greenhouse.
- Pumpkins. Pumpkins
are a must for children! Pumpkins love hot summers and are well
worth growing just for their sheer interest. The plants need lots
of space and trailing kinds will grow along fences or trellis. Once
established, they require little maintenance apart from plenty of
Rhubarb is another vegetable
which is easy to grow and has the added benefit of coming up and providing
tasty produce year after year. Check out Savor
the Rhubarb for growing advice, recipies and just about everything
you could ever wish to know about this very versatile plant!
Return from Easy to Grow Vegetables
to Growing Vegetables