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The seven easiest vegetables to grow at home

FALLBROOK – Rising costs at the supermarket and worries about unhealthy pesticides or preservatives on foods has led many people to start a vegetable garden at home.

Growing vegetables is easier than one would think. Plus, one doesn’t need an expansive plot of land to grow a garden. Many popular varieties can be grown right in containers or in compact spaces. Here are several suggestions of some vegetables that are the easiest to grow, perfect for one’s first attempt at a food-based garden.

Tomatoes

While commonly considered vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits. But tomatoes can be an integral part of a vegetable garden.

Tomatoes are high in lycopene and other antioxidants. There are also myriad varieties to tempt your palate.

Tomatoes can be planted after the soil has thawed and there is no other chance for frost. They’ll require plenty of sunlight. Fruit will harvest toward the latter part of the summer.

Zucchini

Zucchini is an Italian squash variety that is similar to a cucumber. They can be green or yellow in coloring.

This vegetable is full of potassium, folate and manganese, making it a great addition to any menu.

Zucchini take about a month to mature and be ready to harvest. They grow on vines and produce large flowers before bearing fruit.

Beets

Root vegetables like beets and radishes work well in the garden.

The bright purple color of beets indicates they are full of many essential vitamins and minerals. Toss beets in salads or use them in the traditional soup, borscht.

Carrots

Another subterranean-growing veggie, carrots require moist soil as they germinate, but as the plants mature need less water. Carrots can be enjoyed in a number of ways and are a staple of cooking year-round.

Peas

Peas grow inside the pods of legumes. These plants like moist soil that drains well. Water frequently but make sure the soil doesn’t become flooded if you want peas to flourish.

Peppers

Peppers come in so many varieties it’s easy to find ones that appeal to your taste in cooking. Generally peppers thrive in soil high in magnesium. Using compost and Epsom salt in the soil can help achieve the environment peppers desire.

Lettuce

Lettuce is another staple and the basis for many salad dishes. Lettuce is popular inside of sandwiches and can be filled and wrapped for other recipe ideas.

Seeds should be planted between 8 and 16 inches apart. Water lettuce in the morning, instead of at night, in order to discourage disease from developing.

 

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