In our Rookie Guide to Growing Your Groceries, we gave you the basics on planning, planting, tending and harvesting a food garden. We didn’t offer specifics about choosing your crop list because that’s, well, personal. The best plants to grow are the ones you and your kids like to eat the most. There’s no use raising a bumper crop of eggplant just for show.
Whether your crops fail or succeed depends to some extent on the climate you live in and your particular soil conditions. But the following 10 varieties generally do well, and are fairly low-maintenance, across a range of climate zones. (You won’t find fruit in the list below because it tends to have specific needs and takes up more space than these veggies.)
We’re not suggesting that you start with just the easy crops – it’s always worthwhile to take on a challenge. The best education in gardening is trial and error. Most rookie gardeners find that some of their crops thrive while others fail, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble with any of the following.
Without further delay, here are tending and harvesting tips for the 10 veggies that are the easiest to grow.