Nothing spells fresh meals like fresh vegetables in the spring and summertime. With these vegetables growing in your garden, you’ll be eating fresh out of the garden every day! These vegetables are great sources of fiber and provide a nice variety of texture and taste to keep your garden interesting. Here are the five easiest vegetables you can grow in your own garden, in no particular order:
Peas are great additions to any dinner with their sweet flavour – a definite popular veggie with kids. Seeds should be planted early on in the spring in well-drained soil. Soil should be kept moist for the pea plants, which will grow fairly tall (a useful attribute to provide a bit of shade for other vegetables that might need it). By summer time, it’ll be time to shell the peas.
Kale has been a hot topic due to its nutritional benefits and high fiber content. They can be used in salads, soups, or even made into chips! Although kale grows best in cooler temperatures, it otherwise is quite versatile. Keep soil moist and begin growing kale at least a month before the last frost. It takes awhile for kale to grow fully. Once they start growing and producing leaves, cut leaves from the bottom of the plant to encourage growth.
French Beans (Bush Beans)
French beans are high in fiber and vitamin A. They deliver a great flavour and crunchy texture to the meal. When planting the seeds, make sure they are in moist, yet well-drained soil under full sun. You can sow seeds throughout the summer, providing you with beans straight from the garden throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons (no excuses for not eating your veggies).
Radish are versatile for hot or cool dishes. Heat them up in a pan and serve with other veggies along with the main course for a nice dinner, or slice them and toss with the kale you’re growing in your backyard for a refreshing lunch. These radishes are a nice, petite size and provide a nice crunchy texture to your meals. Radishes can be grown throughout the spring and summer in well-drained soil and under partial or full sun. If growing in hot weather, it’s better to provide partial shade. You can do this by planting them near taller vegetables such as peas. Also, as a side note, radishes grown in the springtime are milder than their spicier summer counterparts.
If there’s any vegetable known for being easy to grow, it’s zucchini. Nevertheless, zucchini tastes delicious when pan-fried and served alongside a meal or tossed into a vegetable pasta. Zucchini can tolerate a variety of growing conditions, provided the frost has gone. It is better, however, for the zucchini to grow during warmer conditions under full sun in well-drained soil. If you see flowers but no vegetable, there many be a lack of pollinating insects in the area, in which case you become the pollinating insect. How? Simply use a tiny brush and brush inside the flower periodically until the vegetable starts forming
A Closing Note
What’s better than having your cake and eating it too (or in this case, your vegetable)? Growing vegetables is a fun way to create spring and summer projects for yourself and provide a nice reward for yourself at the end of it. There are many other types of vegetables that have not been addressed, but here are some easy ones to get you started on your way!
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