April 6, 2016

Easy veggies for new gardeners

Are you new to gardening? These 5 veggies are super easy to grow, and a great way for new gardeners to get their feet wet (or muddy)  🙂 with gardening!

If you’re starting a garden for the first time, you may find the whole process a bit intimidating. What should you grow, and how many plants, and what do you need to get started?

This helpful article shares 5 of the best veggies for new gardeners to grow. They are simple, easy, and produce results fast, so you can build your confidence as a gardener and branch out into other vegetables soon.

Check out these 5 tasty veggie ideas for first time or novice gardeners, and get planting!


Radishes are great for beginner gardeners because they grow fast and insects don’t like them. They are typically the first thing to pop up and are really hard to kill. Even if you have a “brown-thumb,” you won’t with radishes.

Plant the radish seeds about a 1/2 inch into the soil, spacing the seeds about 1 inch apart. Water 1-2 times a day to keep the ground moist.


Carrots are really fun to grow and aren’t likely to attract insects.

Plant carrot seeds about 1 inch into the soil, placing two seeds into each spot, spacing the holes about 3 inches apart. As they grow into seedlings, you’ll need to thin them out (that means you’ll pull some of the new seedlings so there is about 4 inches between each seedling). Water about 1-2 times a day to keep the ground moist.


Lettuce is fast growing and seems to pop up almost immediately! You can cut off some lettuce, and then they will keep growing. They’re resilient little things!

Plant lettuce seeds about 1/2 inch deep in a 3-inch-wide band. Space each planting about 8 inches apart. Water about 1-2 times a day to keep the ground moist.

Sugar and Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are a fun thing to grow in the garden because they produce a lot of pods and can be eaten right away. Kids love these! To produce a good harvest, be sure to place them in soil that drains well, and be sure to plant early in the season. They do visibly better in cooler weather.

Plant sugar or snap peas 1 inch deep in the soil, spacing them out every 4 inches. Water about 1-2 times a day to keep the ground moist.


Beets are my favorite to grow, because their deep green leaves are delicious sauteed in a little butter and cream. We eat the leaves throughout the season until we finally harvest the beet roots. Good times!

Plant beet seeds 1 inch deep in the soil, spacing them out 4 inches apart. Water about 1-2 times a day to keep the ground moist.

For more helpful planting and soil preparation tips, check out the full article at WeedEmAndReap.com


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About the author 

Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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