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Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

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If you’re just getting started in gardening, start with some easy plants. Here is a list of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed in the garden. Some plants are much easier to grow if you buy seedlings and some grow great from seeds sown directly in the garden. And check out this month by month garden planning guide to help you know when to plant!

easy to grow Kale seeds spilled out on a piece of paper

Here’s a link to a great vegetable garden planner you can print right out and use at home! So cute!

For more on how to get started in beginning gardening, click here.

The importance of gardening at home is immeasurable. There are some plants that grow great from seeds sown directly and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Seeds are less expensive than seedlings so it’s great to start with just seeds. And starting with ones that grow easily will help you gain confidence for trying more difficult plants to grow in the future.

If you want to grow herbs, tomatoes, or peppers, it’s a better bet to go to the store and buy seedlings. There are some plants that grow from sets like onions.

You grow garlic from breaking apart heads of garlic and planting the individual cloves. And then sweet potatoes grow from slips or the sprouts on the potato, and white potatoes grow from cutting up old potatoes and planting the eyes. And don’t forget asparagus which grows from crowns.

So now, let’s talk about seeds that are super easy to grow!

a hand full of onion sets

Easiest fruits and vegetables to grow

There are a few fruits and vegetables that are easier to grow than other things. Carrots are easy to grow, but very hard to get to germinate. The same with gourds. Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable people think of, but they are very finicky and difficult to grow.

If you are a beginner, it’s a great idea to start with something that will bring you a lot of success so you can be confident moving forward.

Easy vegetables to grow

Some of the easiest vegetables for me to grow from seed are also popular vegetables and fruits to grow, such as beans. You can grow climbing beans or bush beans. Both are fairly easy and don’t have a lot of pests that destroy them where I live in Oklahoma.

Another summer veggie that is easy to grow is cucumbers. They grow better on a trellis. You can grow them on the ground, but they take up a lot more room that way.

If your area is hot enough, you can grow okra super easily. And nothing bothers okra. The only thing I’ve seen eat it is grasshoppers, but they can eat the leaves to a bare skeleton and it just keeps on okraing no matter what.

Melons grow just like cucumbers and are really easy to grow where I live. They do get attacked by raccoons at times, but don’t get many pests. Cucumbers and melons can get fungus, but I find growing them vertically helps with that.

For spring and fall crops that are easy to grow from seed, I like to grow peas and swiss chard. They both do really well for me in our limited cool season.

child holding a big squash seed for easy to grow vegetables

Fastest growing vegetables from seed

There are a few other easy vegetables to grow that also grow super fast! For a super-fast summer easy veggie, I vote for squash. It’s so much fun to put a big ole squash seed in the ground and watch it grow almost visibly before your eyes. You will definitely see a difference every day. Yellow squash, zucchini, pumpkins, butternut, acorn, and so many more squashes all grow the same way.

For the cooler season, lettuce and radishes grow amazingly quickly. Lettuce just takes about 60 days to produce and you can grow radishes in a month or even less sometimes.

I love to grow lettuce and radishes with kids because it shows them quickly about what happens in the garden. You can also grow radishes and lettuce in a fairly small container. So that makes growing them accessible for anyone.

If you need to fertilize, manure tea works great. For easy ways to test your soil health, check this out.

Choose a few of these easy seeds to grow to get started in gardening. You can grow them in a pot, a 5 gallon bucket, a raised bed, or in the ground. Whatever you choose, these choices will be easy for you to find success with. I can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve grown!

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