As a new beginner in gardening, what are easy items to grow?

I am looking for recommendations to plant that would be great starters for my the first things in my garden. I do not have any experience and do not have a green thumb so I would like to start with things that are easy to plant and maintain.

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  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 16, 2018
    It really depends on where you are located.... it is harder to grow things here in Arizona than it is in the Midwest or South...
    For your first time... start at the nursery and get starter plants like tomatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, herbs, etc. Some melons and squash and cucumbers can be grown in a container... and trained onto a trellis (keeps the fruit out of the dirt) Some nurseries sell multi packs of starter plants like kale, romaine, and other lettuce types of plants. You can garden in the ground, raised beds or in containers (raised beds and containers will give you more control of the soil conditions and content).
    Start with a tomato plant in a large trash can... drill holes in the bottom for drainage, fill with garden soil, plant your tomato plant and install a tomato cage.... water below the foliage and start picking tomatoes.... after suitable growing time of course.
  • Sam Sam on Mar 16, 2018
    Start by asking your local nursery what is easy and successful in your area. Some places have a Master Gardener program that make their students available to advise local gardeners. Some of the easiest vegetables are lettuces and greens such as chard and kale. Summer squash is very satisfying and productive. Tomatoes are generally pretty easy.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Mar 16, 2018
    My best friend grew up on a farm and I asked her the same question. She told me to start with one or two things and learn to grow them well. Then she said to add one or so at a time after I could learn how to do one or two items. She said to read all about their care, how to fertilize, what not to do etc. She gave me some pointers also. I picked tomatoes and green beans. She said green beans do best if you put up string for them to climb and mulch them. Tomatoes do not like nitrogen so never mulch them with grass clippings. She put all her coffee and tea grounds on her tomatoes. It is also good to plant the tomatoes with some egg shells (from one egg per plant) so they get the calcium they need to produce fruit. After I learned those and moved on she told me about shredded paper making the best mulch to stop all the weeds. She said to put it down wet so it won't blow away and pack several layers. No weeds! Then to til it into the ground in fall. Also she said she always grew one tomato plant one year and many rows of beans and canned the beans. The next year she would do the opposite and grow one or two beans to have fresh but 12 or more tomato plants to can tomatoes. It is faster to do one type of canning each year. Lettuce, peas and onions do well in the cool weather early spring. Plant what you like best, get good at it, and then move on to the next one. She always had the best garden in town and gave away extra vegetables to church people and neighbors.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 16, 2018
    Flowers: Annuals: Petunias, geraniums, dusty miller, alyssum,
    Veggies: Onions, Carrots, lettuce, cukes, tomatoes, Beans
  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Mar 16, 2018
    It really depends so much on where you're located. If you have a local nursery, they should be able to help you pick a few things to start out with, then you can always try more plants as you feel more comfortable.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2018
    Here is a guide to help you get started with a thought process.I will add when choosing any type of plants, lighting,amount of space to plant, and how they are planted make all the difference in the world.With that as a beginner,decide what you want to try first, flowers maybe the easiest to grasp.Browse through websites for different ideas.Always know your hardiness zone.Should you decide on trying something and are still not sure reach out and your question will be answered correctly
  • Toss a few herbs you like to use in cooking too. Parsley grows easily and helps with natural pest control, so are onions, chives and leeks. You can also grow some items from kitchen scraps.

  • Suzzann Suzzann on Mar 16, 2018
    petunias, zinnias, morning glory’s are a good vine to grow, or moon flowers (A vine) Morning glory’s Smile at you in the morning and moon flowers bloom big white flowers at night. Four o’clock are easy to grow as are vinca’s.
  • Tam31834810 Tam31834810 on Mar 16, 2018
    cucumbers, squash, onions, zucchini, so much to offer, it's all easy
  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 16, 2018
    Most root vegetables like carrots, turnips, and radishes are hardy and can be planted directly in the garden early in the spring and left until fall. The tops can be harvested too as these plants grow. Green beans and zucchini are also a cinch to grow and quite prolific producers.
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