Vegetable gardening doesn't have to be stressful or labor intensive to be fruitful. These seven vegetables are low-maintenance and yield high amounts of product. Cut down on food costs this summer with these vegetables in your garden.
Beans are one of the most popular vegetables and luckily, one of the easiest veggies to cultivate. All kinds of green beans, from string beans to shell or whole beans are ideal for beginner's gardens. Bush beans are immensely popular due to their compact growth and high yield.
In your garden: Plant your bean seeds in well-drained soil in a full sun area. Sow the seeds every few weeks to maximize harvest throughout the summer.
Carrots are a perennial favorite. Kid-approved and cooking-versatile, carrots can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked.
In your garden: Find a plot of soil that is rock-free and deep enough for this root vegetable to thrive. Harvest carrots when their tops breach the soil line.
Cucumbers are a great summer vegetable and perfect for DIY'ers who like to make and can homemade pickles. An added bonus is the more you harvest, the more cucumbers your plant will produce.
In your garden: Give your cucumber plants ample space to sprawl. Treat your plants to generous amounts of organic matter and fertilization for optimal production. The National Gardening Association suggests growing bush (rather than vine) cucumbers because of ther resistance to disease.
Tomatoes are a great option for beginning vegetable gardeners, because they require little water and a lot of sun. Take the easy, time-efficient route by buying a starter plant from a local nursery or home improvement store.
In your garden: Tomatoes can be grown in hanging baskets, containers or anywhere they'll get lots of sun and have support for their stalks.
Radishes are quick to grow and easy to care for among the root vegetables, taking as little as 20 days to reach full size. Their seeds are large and easy to sow in a garden bed or container, as long as it's at least 6 inches deep.
In your garden: Plant your radishes in an area with sun to partial shade. As long as they are waters before the soil dries out and are sowed as needed, radishes will grow all season long.
Zucchini grow abundantly so one or two plants will suffice for your garden - unless you plan on sharing regularly with the neighbors.
In your garden: Zucchini need good moisture and warm soil to grow. Known as a proscratinator's plant, it's best to sow the seeds when the warm season is in full swing.
Lettuce is a great choice for those who wish to use containers for gardening rather than beds.
In your garden: Lettuce responds best to cooler weather so plant it in the spring or fall and sow every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
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