At garden centers, there are millions of awe-inspiring seeds just waiting for someone to take them home and watch them grow.
But if you’re new to gardening, those instructions and conditions on the back of the seed packets might seem a little scary. Please don’t stop trying because of it! You will be amazed at how complex nature tries to grow and make fruit.
These plant suggestions are about as low maintenance as vegetable gardening can get. All of them can be grown in a relatively small amount of space. If you water them often, your dreams of growing food in a garden will come true.
These are big groups of easy-to-grow vegetables that I’ve found. I’ll let you decide which kind you want. Think about flavors that you like and varieties that do well in your area.
If you buy seeds or plant starts from a local nursery, the seeds are more likely to be adapted to your area and grow well in your garden. The environment affects the DNA passed from the parent plant to the seed planted the following year. If one variety is grown in a cold environment and another in a warm environment, it will keep and develop more resistance to those particular environments.
After years of breeding, seeds change and keep traits that make the next generation more resistant to the environment. In the end, you end up with seed with a better chance of germinating, growing to maturity, and doing well.
5 New Plants for 2022
These five best plants for beginner gardeners in 2022.
1. Cherry Tomatoes
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a homegrown tomato’s rich flavor. Please do yourself a favor and start gardening the right way to get the most out of it.
Also, tomatoes are one of the easiest ways to add acidity to your meals or salads, and it’s a great feeling to know that the complex flavors of your meals came from your work.
Care for Cherry Tomatoes
If you can, keep it off the ground. You can tie up tomatoes with tomato trellises or cattle panels. Keeping the plant off the ground keeps the leaves from getting sick and makes it harder for pests to get to the plant.
They eat a lot, so they like soil that is rich and full of food. You can help your tomatoes grow by getting compost at the start of the growing season, adding worm castings, or using any other method of fertilizing.
I’ve heard that putting used coffee grounds around the base of the plant will keep pests away and add nutrients to the soil. I’ve never done it, so let me know how it goes if you do!
Broccoli grew at home also tastes much better than store-bought broccoli. It’s almost magical how one day your broccoli is just a bunch of leaves, and the next, it has tiny little florets growing.
One of the best things about broccoli you grow is that you can eat the leaves, which taste like broccoli. It makes lettuce salads and stir-fries much more interesting than they would be otherwise.
Care for Broccoli
They are effortless to grow. As long as you water them regularly (once a day when they’re small and every few days when they’re bigger), they should be fine.
Remember that the broccoli plant will make smaller and fewer florets the more leaves you take off. When leaves are taken off, the plant sends a message down to its roots, telling it to put more energy into making new leaves and roots to help it make florets.
Basil smells like heaven. When the weather gets warm, it takes off. In a single season, one plot can produce a fair amount. It tastes great in pesto, a salad, or as a fresh addition to any dish. Everything is great, and you can never go wrong with basil.
My only suggestion is to wait to plant it outside until it’s consistently warm (maybe 60 degrees at night) because it grows very slowly when it’s cold.
The radish plant grows fast. Most varieties can be picked in less than a month. Radish can be eaten fresh in a salad, roasted as a side dish, or pickled or fermented to make it taste sourer.
Later in the season, pest control will be needed because pill bugs love to eat radishes. Some diatomaceous earth is a perfect natural alternative.
You will have so much zucchini that you won’t know what to do with it all. Once you start growing it, you will never have to repurchase another zucchini.
You can fry it, chop it up and put it in a fresh salad, make “noodles” out of it, shred it and put it in sweet bread or pasta sauces, stir fry it, and the list goes on. Please tell us about your favorite way to cook zucchini. There is always a need for more ways to use a harvest when there is a lot of it.
Care for Zucchini
The only real problem with zucchini is that the leaves are easy to mold, so ensure you water them from the bottom of the plant and don’t let any water splash back onto the plant.
Cut off any older leaves that might be close to the soil. Cut the leaves below the fruit back to the main stem as you gather the zucchini.
I’ve heard squash bugs can be a problem, especially in warmer places. You can use succession sowing and natural ways to get rid of pests. And write down where you planted the zucchini so you can try a different spot next year. This makes it harder for them to find your squash every year, giving you more time to harvest before they do.
Even though none of these plants are likely to die, you might still have some trouble. If something doesn’t seem right, go back to the basics and try again. Think about how much water, sun, and food the soil offers. Those are the only three things that could make a plant unhappy badly.