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Easiest Vegetables to Grow

Easiest Vegetables to Grow AOEI’m ready to garden! What are the best crops for me to grow in my first garden?  

To guarantee the success of your first garden, stick with the easy vegetables listed here, which grow well in minimally improved soil. (Over time, you can improve your soil by adding organic fertilizers and compost.)

Begin planting your first garden in early spring, about four weeks before your average last frost. Locate information this information in Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

In early spring, kick off the season with these easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs:

In late spring, plant these vegetables after your last frost has passed:

In late summer, plant more mesclun and fill other vacant space with arugula or Japanese turnips — two underappreciated gourmet vegetables that will grow like gangbusters until cold weather brings your first garden to a close. Good luck!

Barbara Pleasant, contributing editor 

Above: For your first garden, start small and pick crops that grow well in most soil types. Photo by iStockphoto/Chris Price. 


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