Learning to produce your own food is a freeing and rewarding experience. It is also sometimes a necessity in certain conditions. Knowing how to grow a few easy vegetables could be the difference between having a full, healthy meal and being hungry. Below are the three easiest vegetables to grow from seeds.
The radish should be one of the first vegetables any survivalist looks to when in need. Not only are they one of the easiest vegetables to grow during the cool seasons, they are also one of the fastest. Several crops of radishes can be harvested during spring and fall because of how quickly the radish reaches maturity.
Radish seeds can be planted later in the year than any other root-based crop and still produce a useful harvest. Planting should occur in rows with seeds placed two inches apart and half of an inch in the ground. They shouldn’t be planted in the shade or near larger vegetables because they require a lot of sunlight. The radish can reach maturity in less than a month after planting the seed.
Radishes also come with a plethora of health benefits, as do most vegetables. They are healthy sources of fiber, potassium and folate. Their high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and helps the body retain water.
There is a huge variety of beans that are all easy to grow and quick to harvest. Any small garden can benefit from beans, whether snap beans, tepary beans, or lima beans. The correct type of bean may depend on the local climate and soil conditions.
The snap bean is the most common type of bean planted because they grow to maturity within 55 days and can produce many harvests through the season. There is also some variety among snap beans themselves. They differ in color and shape, as well as size. Snap beans can be planted in intervals of three weeks once the soil temperature is in the 60 to 70 degree range.
The tepary is another type of dry bean, but it is far less common than the snap bean. They are more suited for hot and dry climates. The tepary is most often seen growing in the Southwest United States because it can survive the desert climate. They require up to 90 days to reach maturity.
Most types of beans will produce multiple flushes after the first set of beans have been harvested. This means one seed can produce quite a lot of beans without the need to plant more.
The cucumber is another plant that yields a lot of vegetables from just one seed. So many in fact, that they need to be planted with at least two and a half feet between each seed. They require heat and a lot of water but if the right conditions are met, cucumbers are an amazing vegetable to have in any garden. They are also low-maintenance and easy to harvest.
Cucumbers are extremely sensitive to frost and don’t do well in cold conditions. The soil should be at least seventy degrees before planting the seeds. Don’t plant them until two weeks has passed since the last frost.
They are available in vine and bush variety. The vine cucumbers grow along the ground and have a higher yield, but the bush cucumber is more compact and easier to care for. Bush cucumbers can even be grown inside of a container.
Avoiding Pests And Other Problems
As easy as these vegetables are to grow, it’s possible to encounter unwanted problems such as pests. It’s important to pay close attention to the garden and inspect the plants on a regular basis. Only plant during the appropriate seasons and in areas with enough sunlight that the plants can grow to full maturity.
By Jonathan Leger
Jonathan Leger is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association and a gardening enthusiast. Some of his other pieces can be found at http://www.uniqueplants.net where he shares his passion for the unique and beautiful plants of the world.