Why we love easy-to-grow vegetables
- Beginner gardeners are ensured veggie success
- Just a few of these vegetables can fill an entire salad
- You can have a plentiful garden even if you're short on time
- Most go-to veggies are included in the easy-to-grow category
Best vegetable seeds for beginners
Yes, we said it–but these easy-to-grow vegetable seeds aren’t just for beginners, either. Some of the most treasured heirloom varieties are among the easiest vegetables to grow! Productive bush beans like Provider and classic lettuce varieties like Buttercrunch hold space on this list not only for their ease of growing, but for their dependable genetics and distinctive tastes that growers can count on.
And just because these vegetable seeds are tagged as easy-to-grow doesn’t mean that they aren’t fun varieties to grow! Try growing Chioggia Beet and be amazed by its sweet flavor and intricate pink and white rings. Or give Painted Serpent Cucumber a chance–this curly melon is a tender and intriguing take on the typical slicing cucumber.
Easy-to-grow container varieties
If growing space has historically been an issue for you, this is the year to see your tiny garden thrive! The bush bean varieties listed here have a determinate growth habit, only reaching about two feet in height. Most bush beans don’t need staking, and are happy to grow in raised beds. Lettuce and spinach are two hardy vegetables that can be put out early, before last frost, and their shallow root systems make them the perfect candidates for container gardening and intercropping.
Regardless of whether you have acres of land or a container garden on the porch, these versatile veggies will produce so long as they get adequate sunlight. Fruiting vegetables like cucumbers and beans need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, but root crops like beets and radishes and leafy greens like spinach and lettuce can tolerate partial shade.
Fast-growing and nutritious vegetable seeds
The best thing about these easy-to-grow vegetable seeds is that all of these varieties can be direct-seeded in the garden–so even if you don’t have any seed-starting equipment or a warm, sunny place to start seeds, you can still grow these vegetables from seed!
The majority of these easy-to-grow vegetable seeds are quick to germinate and fast to mature. Radishes like Early Scarlet Globe are ready to harvest just three weeks after sowing.
As for nutrition, these easy-to-grow vegetable seeds really take the cake (or shall we say carrot?) Grow most of these varieties in your garden and you’ll have a farm-fresh salad every day of the week! Better yet, try growing some vegetable seeds like cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, and beets as microgreens–just be sure to buy extra seeds because you won’t be able to get enough!
To grow microgreens, sow seeds thickly in a container with moist potting soil. Once the seed germinate, allow them to grow two sets of true leaves before harvesting the entire seedling at the base. Enjoy atop a salad, sandwich, or smoothie for a boost of nutrition!
Don’t be intimidated by growing your own vegetables. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this page is the perfect place to begin. Just imagine the feeling of biting into that first cucumber of the season, or cooking a mess of homegrown beans. Order your easy-to-grow vegetable seeds today for a summer of eating well and feeling empowered! Our Gardening 101 resource center with growing guides and videos will help you get going.