There’s nothing more rewarding than literally reaping the rewards of your efforts! When you want to start a vegetable garden, however, the idea of getting started and growing onions, chard, asparagus, aubergine mushrooms, cabbage and peppers can be particularly daunting. For one thing, you don’t always know where to start. And will you really know how to make your seedlings thrive and manage the demanding maintenance of a garden? What if it’s not the right season? These are all questions that cross our minds, and prevent us from embarking on this new adventure that is already titillating our taste buds. However, some of the most popular fruits and vegetables are not as difficult to grow as they seem. Discover these easy vegetables that even the most experienced beginner gardener will know how to plant, maintain and harvest!
1) Aromatic plants
Herbs are ideal for growing on a small balcony, windowsill or in a warm corner of the garden. These delicious herbs practically grow on their own, a bit like perennials in the wild that trust nature to grow quietly. They are not very demanding in terms of soil quality and watering frequency, and some of them can even take over quickly, such as mint, which takes up a lot of space and generally grows quickly and well (sometimes even too well!). Indulge yourself with chives, sage, thyme or savory, which are as fresh as they are essential for all recipes. Basil, on the other hand, will need a little more watering to prevent it from turning yellow. However, it is still a “good leg”, especially when grown outside the soil.
2) Zucchini, one of the easiest vegetables
Courgette does not need to be pruned and does not actually require any special maintenance. However, don’t plant it during frosty periods! Make sure you plant it from May onwards, when the soil starts to warm up and become more hospitable. Apart from that, it will be sufficient to keep the substrate moist by regular watering without wetting the leaves in order to avoid the appearance of powdery mildew. You should also not hesitate to enrich your soil with a little compost when planting or sowing and to keep it well drained. One last tip for a good harvest: combine it with aromatic herbs or flowers to attract the pollinators that are essential for its growth!
3) Tomatoes: a classic!
Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes like to be planted around May. This is also the time when they are most easily found in pots for convenience! Good sunshine, light soil rich in humus, a little space with your neighbours so as not to get sick, and a stake: tomatoes don’t need much more to start growing. In addition, there are many easy tips for boosting the harvest. For example, you can remove weeds or spread chopped nettle as a green manure. And when it comes to watering (in the morning, never in the evening), there is no need to overwater. Tomatoes that are over-watered quickly lose their flavour, as this tends to stress them!
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Like its cousin, the courgette, squash is planted around May. This gives them time to grow slowly, soaking up the sun all summer long for a tasty harvest in September. Its most important need is regular watering, especially at the beginning to help the fruit grow. And for the biodiversity of the garden as well as for pollination, don’t skimp on flowering fallow land nearby. Visits from butterflies, bumblebees, wasps and bees will help it to thrive.
5) Beans: easy and generous vegetables in a small space
Beans come in many varieties. We advise you to choose green beans without a net, which are infinitely tender. Then you can choose between climbing beans (or string beans) and bush beans. Climbing beans take up very little space on the ground, but need to be staked or trellised on oars. The dwarf bean does not need to be staked or trained. Whatever you choose, sow your seeds between mid-April and mid-July and install the stakes immediately. Above all, keep a space of 40 cm between each row. As long as the soil temperature does not fall below 10°C, your seeds should have no trouble growing, especially if the soil is light and rich. You’ll have them all summer long!
An essential part of our summer salads, lettuce is particularly popular with beginners, as it does not require staking or pruning. It is also easy to buy as a seedling and plant it in your garden. All you have to do is water it a little every day (but not too much to prevent it from rotting). It does not appreciate drought. Besides, there are only two main dangers. Firstly, it is not very demanding in terms of soil type as long as it receives good sunlight. However, it does not appreciate the heat of summer or the cold of winter, which causes it to freeze. This is not the best time to plant it. Moreover, slugs love it. Fortunately, it is very easy to repel them!
7) Radishes, another easy and delicious vegetable
If you have a semi-shaded area in the garden, pink radishes will do well, especially if the soil is rich, sandy and cool! This vegetable has only one requirement: good watering to ensure that it grows well and does not taste pungent in the mouth. Water them daily, always in the morning, and harvest them once they reach the right size. This is often quite quick! Planting tip: plant the radishes seed by seed and keep a close eye on them for the first few days. Then remove any leaves that you notice to space them out. This will help them grow better.
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