Three Easiest Plants to Grow and Maintain in Your Home Garden

Thinking of starting your own home garden, and wondering what are some quick, easy, low-maintenance plants you can start off with? Well, here are three (or so) suggestions on easy, low maintenance options to get you started.

 

Salad Leaves

There are a few reasons why every gardener should grow salad greens. Starting with the most obvious fact – they’re delicious! Almost every type of individual salad leaf complements the others, so you run very little risk of growing something you won’t enjoy.

 

Another reason your garden should include salad leaves is because of how quickly they grow. Salad leaves can go from planted to ready to harvest in as little as three weeks. Most leaves will obviously grow faster during the summer months in direct sunlight, but the plants are easy to transfer indoors for the winter months so you can enjoy fresh greens all year around.

 

These plants are also diverse. You aren’t going to be just growing lettuce in your garden, there are many different types of greens that get included in the Salad Leaf family, such as: arugula, bok choy, chicory, endive, escarole, spinach (Popeye approved), and of course kale.

 

Luckily you aren’t going to have to go all over looking for the individual seeds and know exactly how to mix these separate species together. Most outlets will have pre-mixed bags of Salad Leaves ready for you.

 

Of course Salad Leaves aren’t just easy and low maintenance they’re also good for you. The leaves described above contain essential amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and B vitamins. Some of these greens, including Kale and Spinach, have even been shown to increase testosterone levels in men.  It’s easy to see why Salad Greens should makes the list.

 

Step-by-step instructions for planting.

 

Spring Onions and Radishes


Yes, yes, there are two listed, but the rules need to be bent for vegetables as good as these two.

 

If you aren’t including Spring Onions in your garden, you are making a mistake. Not only are they delicious, but they are extremely easy. You can sow Spring Onions directly into the soil, just bury them about a half inch deep, and roughly six inches apart in direct sunlight. 20 to 30 days later you are going to have delicious onions.

 

The benefits of Spring Onions are plentiful, but to name a few: they are high in vitamin C which will help boost your immune system, they are also known to help control bad cholesterol levels, lower the risk of coronary heart disease, and help keep your skin from developing wrinkles.

 

 

The Spring Onion’s partner in crime – the Radish is also a must have for your home garden.

 

Most people don’t know that Radishes can come in four distinct colors: white, red, purple, and black, so not only do they add a flavor and health boost to whatever meal they complement, but they can add an aesthetic value as well.

 

Radishes, like Spring Onions, bring their own health benefits to the table. They have been used to treat Jaundice, respiratory disorders, aid in digestion, and make it easier to lose weight!

5 Great Ideas for Small Garden

 

Radishes can be grown in any size garden, and are ready to harvest in approximately four weeks. Just plant them in direct sunlight in moisture retentive soil, and you’ll be enjoying delicious Radishes in no time.

 

Spring Onion Planting Instructions:

  • Bury seeds a half inch deep.
  • Spread seeds out by six inches.
  • Plan in direct sunlight.

Here is are some quick video instructions for Spring Onions

 

Radish Planting Instructions:

  • Bury seeds a half inch deep.
  • Spread seeds out by at least one inch.
  • Separate rows by 12 to 15 inches.
  • Plant in direct sunlight.

Here are some more detailed instructions for your Radishes.

 

Potatoes

easiests plants to grow

Who doesn’t love Potatoes? There are so many creative and delicious ways to enjoy them, and best of all, they are incredibly easy to grow.

 

What you will need to start growing Potatoes: a garden and a potato. Seriously, all it takes to grows Potatoes is a potato itself. Simply cut a potato up into small pieces one to two days prior to planting them so they have time to “heal”, creating a protective layer on the outside.

 

The best time to sow your Potatoes is about one to two weeks after the first spring thaw. Plant your “seed potatoes” about one foot apart and four inches deep, trench style, with the eye-side of the potato facing up.

 

Potatoes take anywhere from 60 to 90 days to fully mature, so you will have to wait on them, but they are incredibly low maintenance. Just make sure they get the proper amount of water, and are planted somewhere where they will get direct sunlight.

 

Potato Planting Instructions:

  • Cut your seed potatoes up two days prior to planting.
  • Plant your seed potatoes “eye side” up.
  • Plant in direct sunlight.

There are many great ways to grow potatoes, here are seven different ways to grow potatoes.

 

Those are three simple, and delicious plants that any gardener should consider starting their garden with. Remember, gardening is a labor of love, so if you give your plants the time and attention they deserve, it will show in your results. Good luck, and happy planting!

Guest post by Dan Jenkins

Make Your Own Hillbilly Garden


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