Starting small is the key to gardening success. It is a common mistake to get too ambitious and plant more garden than you can handle. One or two small beds filled with easy to grow plants will give you some experience and a realistic idea of the workload, without being too much to handle and turning into a disaster.
Some plants that are easy to grow, easy to eat and make excellent beginner gardener projects include:
- Swiss Chard
- Most Herbs
Most salad ingredients happen to be easy to grow. Lettuce is a very easy plant to grow and comes in so many varieties, you could plant an entire bed to lettuce and enjoy delicious salads every night.
Herbs are usually easy to grow. In fact, some herbs are so easy to grow, they will take over your bed, lawn and the neighbor’s house too if you allow them. Use caution when planting herbs.
Zucchini and other squash plants are very easy to grow. Crookneck squash, spaghetti squash and even gourds can be grown easily in a small hill formation. Most people who grow squash have more trouble getting rid of the fruits of their labor than they do cultivating the plants.
Strawberries are a perennial that can be grown quite easily in most locations. Many wild varieties can grow without any help at all.
All of these plants will provide you with delicious foods, plenty of knowledge and a great first year of experience when you start your garden with them. As you become more comfortable with gardening, gradually build on to your garden, but be sure not to take on too much at once.