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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


There are a lot of reasons to grow your own vegetables, either in your greenhouse all year long or right in the ground during the warmer seasons of the year. Whether you want to save money on produce, you want to be absolutely sure that you are only consuming organic and completely natural food or you simply enjoy spending time outside, digging your hands into the dirt and watching plants grow under your care.








Vegetable gardening is a popular pastime for all of these reasons and more, but sometimes it can be a very difficult hobby. To make your life easier if you are not the most seasoned backyard farmer, continue reading for a list of three of the easiest vegetables and herbs that will be sure to thrive in your garden, even if you are just starting out.




Basil





Basil is a delicious herb that is very versatile. You can use it as a garnish on a variety of dishes or make homemade pesto to top off your favorite pasta. Growing it is simple too. You can purchase young plants at really low prices, even if you want to stick with organic varieties, and once you plant it into the ground, all you need to do is make sure that it gets ample amounts of water, as it will quickly wilt if it becomes dehydrated. This plant will grow tall, so snip off the leaves from the top as you need them.




Tomatoes





Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to grow, and because there are so many different varieties to choose from, you can mix them up so that you harvest different types of flavorful tomatoes throughout the summer. To keep it simple, purchase very young plants at your local garden center rather than going through the process of starting them from seeds. Plant them in your garden or greenhouse, as they love the heat, and just make sure that you keep them moist so that they do not dry up. These vegetables grow quickly and can get top-heavy, so put stakes in the ground and tie them up to support them as they grow. This will also make it easier to spot the tomatoes and harvest them.




Bell Peppers





One reason why people love to grow bell peppers is because they are one of the more expensive vegetables in the produce aisle of your grocery store. And organic varieties are even more expensive. Growing them in your own backyard will save you money, but you have to be patient, as these vegetables grow quite slowly and each plant does not yield a lot. Therefore, make enough space to plant a few of these when they are young and then make sure they get enough sunshine and water.
When it comes to gardening, some people love seeing flowers blooming throughout their yards while others prefer harvesting fresh foods. Planting easy vegetables that do not require a lot of work is a great way to start honing your skills as a backyard farmer.



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Author Bio:
Clark Douglas, the author of this post is an employee at Rhino Shelter, a company that caters to specialized portable garages and shelters. Photography and travelling to exotic places are some of his favorite things to do. Visit www.mdmshelters.com to know more about him and his company.

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