often ask, "What's the easiest veggie to grow?" For me, that's a
tough one. If I had to choose just ONE, the easiest veggie with the
best yield, it would have to be Swiss Chard. Swiss Chard
is easy to grow from seed and provides continual harvest for several
months after maturity. Swiss Chard can survive warm and hot climates so
that's a plus.
Soak seeds overnight
in water before planting to ensure strong germination. Plant seeds half
an inch deep and 3 inches apart. Set out seedlings 12 inches apart.
Indoors or out, thin newly germinated seedlings with cuticle scissors
instead of pulling them out. Chard seed capsules often contain two or
more seeds. If more than one germinates, promptly snip off all but the
strongest sprout at the soil line
Twist off individual outer leaves and compost old leaves that have lost
their glossy sheen. Three to five leaves can be picked from mature
plants at a time, but be sure to leave the growing crown intact.
are a cool weather crop best planted in spring and autumn. Growing
radishes during the hot summer months will cause them to bolt.
When preparing the planting bed, loosen the soil 6 to 10 inches deep,
and mix in good compost or well-rotted manure. Sow seeds a half inch
deep and 1 inch apart, in rows spaced 12 inches apart. After the
seedlings appear, thin salad radishes to 3 inches apart; thin oriental
radishes to 8 to 10 inches apart.
Harvest: Some Radish varieties such as Early Scarlet Globe radish can mature in as few as 22 days!
All types of lettuce grow best when the soil is kept constantly moist,
and outside temperatures range between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
your planting bed by loosening the soil to at least 10 inches deep.
Mix in an inch or so of good compost or well-rotted manure. Sow lettuce
seeds a quarter of an inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows or squares,
or simply broadcast them over the bed.
Harvest: Harvest lettuce in the morning, after the plants have had all night to plump up with water.
For the sake of simplicity, I classify beans in 2 categories: Bush and Pole.
beans are usually compact and grow close to the ground. Pole beans
climb and require a trellis or other support. Bush beans tend to produce
more beans in a shorter time, while pole beans will produce more over
an entire season. Pole beans typically require much less.
Wait until well after the last frost before you plant the beans as
they all like warm soil for germination. Plant the seeds about an inch
below the surface and keep watered until the seed germinate
Whether you grow pole beans or bush beans you will have an abundant
harvest if you remember to pick regularly. Most beans are harvested
before the seed grows too large, and the overall harvest will continue
for many weeks if the beans are picked every day or so.