Starting a backyard vegetable garden is a great way to use the extra backyard space that we generally tend to have when living in suburbia. There are many vegetables that are easy to grow and once they are planted, they basically grow themselves. If you start with a theme, like making a salad, then you know you will have vegetables you can use for a complete meal (or at least dish).
If you are new to gardening, then here are a few ideas for easy to grow vegetables, that can get you started. One of the easiest things to grow is green beans along with onthe various varieties of peas. Once they are planted six to eight weeks before the last frost, they tend to do well especially when grown on a trellis for easy access. You can easily grow everything you need to make yourself a great salad, right in your back yard. Start with radishes which take only approximately 20 days to grow; a few varieties of pick and pick again lettuce, such as the ever popular Cos; zucchini, which is so productive you’ll only need one or two plants for the whole family and even spinach, which needs to be planted early with young leaves being harvested as babies, then at 30 days and finally at 40 days.
Carrots are also easy to grow and are a delicious addition to any salad though larger carrots tend not to do well in rocky or clay soil and they should be thinned out when they get to about 2inches in height. A soft, sandy textured soil makes a good growing base for carrots, so make sure you dig your carrot bed over thoroughly before planting, but do not add too much organic matter. Save that for your tomatoes.
A salad would seem incomplete without tomatoes, and though they are really fruits, they are also easily grown and come in many varieties. Tomatoes like a warm climate and each variety has a unique flavour. Many hybrids are resistant to disease. They do take up a bit of space and most of them need to be staked, but the joys of eating tomatoes fresh from your own garden is worth the extra effort. They really do taste so much better than the ones you buy in the shop.
Once you have begun your garden and reaped and tasted the ‘fruits’ of your labour from your first crop, you will definitely be challenged to replant and to possibly grow some more advanced crops, and even some easy to grow fruit, like blueberries.