Maybe you stumbled upon this article because you love planting fruits and vegetables but struggle to keep them alive. Or perhaps you don’t know where to start when thinking about growing your own food at home. The good news is there are plenty of surprisingly low-maintenance, easy-to-grow plants and foods just waiting to be added to your garden! Whether you’d like a small tomato plant for easy snacking or an army of fruits and vegetables to show off your newfound gardening prowess, read on to find out which foods are the easiest to grow at home.
Homegrown cherry tomatoes are as easy to grow as they are delicious! This sun-loving plant can thrive in your garden, regardless of whether you have a small apartment balcony or a large outdoor space. The beauty of your cherry tomato plant is that it will grow nicely in a variety of different planting styles – from hanging planters and pots to a vegetable bed. Make sure you have adequate drainage to prevent mold and disease, as your new tomato plant will love to be doused in water several times per week. If you haven’t caught on by now, we feature a lot of tomatoes because they really are one of the best and easiest foods to grow for any skill-level gardener. You can follow these tips about proper planting, pruning techniques, and more to up your tomato-growing game and start planting like a pro!
What’s not to love about cucumbers? Refreshing and satisfyingly crunchy, they’re excellent in salads or cut into slices and slathered in your favorite dip. Much like cherry tomatoes, these plants love to bask in the sunlight and enjoy a long, cool drink of water. The most fun and exciting part about cucumbers? They can grow several inches in a single day, proving that even those of us with a not-so-green thumb can unlock the secrets to successfully growing cucumbers. This plant is a must for people looking to add to their garden repertoire. It’s also great for someone looking to impress their friends at dinner parties with their tasty homegrown salad!
Green or Yellow Squash
Green or Yellow squash, your cucumber’s brighter and sweeter cousin, is yet another wonderfully tasty and easy-to-grow food that you can feel good about harvesting yourself. Your squash plant will do best with consistently moist soil. But buyer beware – its delicate leaves do not love water as much as the fruit itself does! Be gentle with your squash plant. Ensure that it has proper drainage, and follow these simple steps on growing and harvesting your squash. Your plant will be sure to return the favor with delicious fruit for you to sauté and add to any meal!
Though they may be more maintenance than your other plants, carrots are amongst the easiest root vegetables to grow! Make sure to give your carrots plenty of space to grow by thinning out seedlings as they start to poke through the surface of the soil. On the topic of space, you will want to plant your carrots in loose, sandy soil to ensure your carrots can push through the earth and grow big and strong! Clumpy soil will result in stubbier carrots with hair-like roots, as they will not have enough room to grow downward and will not have as much water drainage as they would in looser soil. You can follow this link for more tips and tricks to grow healthy, delicious carrots yourself!
Simply cut the leaves off of a head of lettuce purchased from your local farmers market or grocery store. Place the lettuce head in a cup of water with only about a half-inch of the base submerged, and voila! Watch your lettuce grow roots and leaves right before your eyes. The tender leaves taste best when harvested young, so you’ll have new salad greens in no time at all! Once your lettuce has grown substantial enough roots, you can follow part two of this helpful tutorial to learn how to plant your new head of lettuce into the soil. Then follow these steps to learn how to care for your lettuce plant to give it a long, happy life.
No recipe is complete without some fresh herbs. Luckily for you, mint is one of the hardiest herbs to grow! Hardiest, not hardest. Mint is a super easy food to grow at home. And mint isn’t picky. While your mint plant will prefer partial shade, it can grow well in full sun with ample watering. It can even grow in full shade with minimal water! Make sure to keep your soil moist to keep your mint plant happy and yielding leaves.
On the topic of happy plants – mint is a perennial and grows like a weed. It doesn’t play nicely with other plants, so make sure to confine your mint plant to a container. This prevents it from trampling all over the rest of your garden. Much like lettuce, mint will root in a jar of water. When you see lots of roots, plant it in soil. Repot your propagated mint plants in cute, colorful pots as a sweet DIY gift for your friends! Or, toss a few leaves in your favorite copper cup with some fresh lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer, and you’ve got yourself a summer-ready cocktail.
Growing your own food can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Just a few minutes of care per day will go a long way with your new plant babies. Provide adequate sunlight, proper drainage, and ample amounts of water, you too can have the Pinterest-worthy garden of your dreams.
What type of food are you most excited to grow in your new garden? Let us know in the comments below, and happy planting!