The 7 Best Beginner Vegetables For New Gardeners

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A new vegetable gardener may find there are endless vegetable possibilities available to grow and choosing the best ones for your first vegetable garden can seem a bit daunting. Do not let this stop you from starting your own vegetable garden. Most vegetables are fairly easy to grow with just a little TLC. It is best to choose vegetables that are not only easy to grow, but are quite prolific producers. Here are seven of the best beginner vegetables to grow for a new gardener.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are very easy to grow and do not require much attention other than the occasional watering and maybe some light pruning. There are many tomato varieties to choose from, but the tastiest tomatoes are typically heirloom varieties.

For a beginner, I recommend you start with Brandywine Organic Heirloom Tomatoes

Peas

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Peas are very delicious and a snap to grow. Just sow the seeds in the vegetable garden, supply water, a little fertilizer and a trellis for support. You can also grow bush varieties of peas that do not need support, such as the Organic Cascadia Bush Snap Pea.

Radishes

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Radishes are one of the easiest and quickest vegetables to grow in the garden. They typically mature in 20 to 30 days depending on the particular variety you grow. Just directly sow the seeds in the garden, provide water and you’ll have some great radishes in no time! I suggest you try Organic German Giant Radishes for some really big and really fun radishes.

Green Beans

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Green beans (sometimes referred to as pole beans or bush beans) are a great vegetable to grow if you are just starting your first vegetable garden. Pole beans typically grow as a vine and need some type of a support, such as a trellis. Bush beans grow just as the name implies, as a bush. Both types require little know-how and attention.

For a fun and easy variety of bush beans, try Organic Blue Lake Bush Beans.

Yellow Summer Squash

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It is hard to beat yellow summer squash for its intense growth and good production.It is very easy to grow, but can take up a lot of space. The plants can take up as much as four feet square.

For an abundance of summer squash in your vegetable garden, try Early Summer Crooked Neck Squash.

Zucchini

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Zucchini are also considered summer squash and grow much the same way as yellow squash. They are also very prolific and can grow very large.

A great variety of zucchini to start with is Organic Black Beauty Zucchini for good size and taste.

Eggplant

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Eggplant is in the same family as tomatoes and are just as easy to grow. Eggplant can be grown from seed, and may require some support when they get very large.

One of my favorite eggplant varieties is Organic Black Beauty Eggplant.

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  1. Great list. I will probably grow all those things but the yellow squash and eggplant. We just don’t eat it. This year I’m really thinking about our consumption of our garden in addition to how much fun it is to grow things. If you grow things you don’t eat you just end up wasting the produce. Just something to think about!
    .-= Jackie Lee´s last blog ..How Judgement Is Throwing Your Life Out of Balance =-.

    • Hi Jackie,

      I think it is important to grow the vegetables that you enjoy and will consume. If you have the garden space and time you could always plant some vegetables specifically to donate. I have donated extra vegetables grown in my garden to homeless shelters or just give them to neighbors. Most of the time they are very happy to receive them. :)

      Tee

  2. Where I live spider mites and aphids are relentless pests when I try to grow tomatoes (and to a lesser extent, eggplants). Poor bee activity kills my squash yields.

    I’m not trying to be critical, just sharing some potential problems. I can get around them with hand-pollination of the squash and waging a constant battle with the tomato pests, but for me it isn’t worth the hassle.

    • Hi Ed – Wow, I’m sorry to hear you have so much trouble with pests on your tomatoes. Have you ever tried the ladybugs from Gardens Alive to help with the aphids? Maybe try some tactics for attracting beneficial insects to your garden? Just trying to sling some ideas. I don’t know what I’d do if I got to the point where I didn’t want to grow tomatoes.

      Every vegetable has it’s pros and cons and a lot of the typical issues found with growing vegetables can depend on where you live. You bring up very valid points about potential issues, but I think it’s important to try to find organic solutions to those problems. I am a firm believer in “if there’s a will, there’s a way”.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Tee

  3. I’m a fairly new gardener. Last year I grew tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, cucumbers, scallions and an assortment of herbs. This year I wanted to add zucchini and radishes. (You now have me thinking about peas) However, I would also like to grow lettuce so I can make a garden salad without going to the market. Any advice? I’ve heard it needs cooler temperatures and it gets really hot in the summertime in Georgia. Also any growing tips on yellow or Vadalia onions. Oh, I grow all my veggies in large pots on my front porch.

    Great blog. Thanks Jackie Lee for the tweet.

    • Hi Val – Thank you for your comment. I think adding zucchini and radishes to your vegetable garden is a wonderful idea. Radishes grow very quickly and are very easy to grow. Zucchini can do very well in the summer, but be careful of powdery mildew if you have high humidity. It is best to water them using a soaker hose instead of overhead watering from a water hose nozzle. Also, water them in the morning and not in the evening unless there is sufficient time for the water to evaporate before dark.

      As for salad greens, the time to plant them is NOW if you live in a very warm season as they do prefer cooler temperatures. If there is a threat of a night time freeze, a floating row cover will work nicely to protect them. Most lettuces are fairly easy to grow.

      If you want to grow onions, I would suggest planting onion sets. They are very easy to plant and have a good success rate. Sowing onion seeds can be difficult because they are so tiny, and they tend to have lower success rates.

      If you ever have any questions, or just want to talk vegetable gardening more, please feel free to contact me at any time! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Tee

  4. Someone just asked me for a list of easy to grow veggies so I’ll pass on this great post.
    Thanks Tee!
    xo
    Annica
    .-= Annica´s last blog ..Make Tea Not War =-.

  5. Hi I have a quick question. I am a first time gardener. Something keeps cutting the blossoms off my vegetables. What can I do?

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