Grow Your Own Vegetables

Whether you have plenty of ground space to create a garden or just a small balcony, there are plenty of options for growing your own vegetables.

Most vegetables that can grow on the ground can also be grown in a pot. Some can even be grown in a simple bowl or jar of water.

If you’re limited on space, maximize your space vertically – by using shelving and growing your plants upward rather than outward.

Use the following tips for easy low-maintenance gardening.

If using pots or boxes, use potting mix as it holds moisture well and allows air to flow through an enclosed container.

Use organic fertilizer for plants you intend to eat.

When watering, avoid watering over the top of the plant – this can lead to diseases and unwanted pests. Direct the water to the soil.

Choose plants that are easy to grow, such as the following:

Tomatoes. There is a wide variety of tomatoes to choose from. Tomatoes grow vertically and need support. Smaller tomatoes can be grown in a hanging basket so that they grow downward. To increase the yield of tomatoes, remove side shoots from the plant.

Cucumbers. Cucumbers are very easy to grow. Like tomatoes, they can be grown vertically with support.

Zucchini. Zucchini are very easy to grow and are low-maintenance.

Lettuce and salad greens. Grow it in the ground, in a window box, or simply in a bowl. The spacing of the seeds/plants will determine how big the leaves will grow. Plant them closer together for smaller, tender leaves. Harvest the outer leaves as you need them and enjoy fresh salad all summer long.

Herbs. Many herbs are super easy to grow. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Some herbs such as peppermint, oregano, sage, basil, thyme, cilantro and lavender can even be grown in a jar of water on your windowsill. Enjoy the taste and fragrance of fresh herbs by growing your own year-round.

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