Gardening is more than a fun and relaxing hobby. While it’s certainly enjoyable to dig in the dirt and plant flowers, vines, and other aesthetically pleasing plants, you could also use your soil to grow food for yourself and your family. And, if you know what you’re doing, you could even cut some produce out of your grocery shopping list!
Let’s take a look at some vegetables you could start growing in your own yard to supplement the ones you already get from the store.
Red, ripe, and delicious tomatoes go great on sandwiches and in salads. And, if you’re looking to get a home garden started, these vine-growing veggies are perfect for beginners. Make sure your tomato plants aren’t obscured and are getting plenty of sunshine because sunlight is integral to their growth.
If you’re starting from seeds, you might consider using a grow light, especially if you live in a northern climate. A strong amount of light for 14 to 18 hours a day is critical for getting a good amount of upward growth for burgeoning tomato plants. However, beginners should consider growing tomatoes from a transplant, instead of from seed.
Pretty much every garden can grow lettuce. And who wouldn’t want some lettuce from their own backyard? Nothing beats a salad made from homegrown veggies. Some basic tips for lettuce growing: you can sow it right into your garden bed, and it should grow year-round. Just make sure it gets ample shade in the summer months so it doesn’t get cooked by the hot sun.
You can cut the leaves as they grow to yield a bit of lettuce at a time. If you’d rather harvest whole heads of lettuce, make sure you’re thinning them and leaving about ten inches between each plant.
A garden staple, carrots are easy to grow provided you’ve got some sandy or loose soil for them to take root in. Make sure you plant them in the cooler season, preferably in the fall. Remember, carrots can withstand frost, making them great for just about any garden.
Feel free to add a bit of sand to the soil you’re growing carrots in. Thin out the seedlings so some of the plants have more room to grow. These two steps will allow the soil to drain better and will result in fuller, longer, and more robust carrots when harvest time comes around.