Top 10 Easy Vegetables to Grow

New to gardening? You'll have no trouble getting these easy vegetables to grow in your garden patch this year!

Growing your own vegetables is economic, healthy, and fun! So what are you waiting for? There’s no need to be tentative when you choose these easy vegetables to grow in your first veggie patch. Give a couple of these – or all of these – a try this year!

Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

Tomatoes are certainly among the most popular vegetables for backyard gardeners. They’re easy to grow and come in a wide variety of sizes, textures, and even flavors.

Planting Advice: For beginners, it’s easiest to buy transplants at your local garden center. Work some compost into the soil and be sure to provide support as they begin to grow. And don’t forget to water – this is the best way to keep tomato plants healthy and strong. See more tomato growing tips here.

Harvest Tips: You can store ripe tomatoes at room temperature for a few days. To keep them longer, store in a dry, fairly cool location. But taste-lovers beware: If kept in temperatures below 55 degrees, tomatoes lose their flavor.

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.