Growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers doesn't have to be difficult. By
focusing on plants that are relatively easy to grow, your chance of
success increases, even if you're new to gardening. All you need to grow
these easy-care plants are sunlight, good soil, regular water, and a bit
of plant food.
For the ultimate simplicity, try planting in containers, using
Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix, which can help protect
plants from both over- and under-watering. A month after planting, begin
giving plants a little boost of nutrition by mixing Miracle-Gro® Water
Soluble All Purpose Plant Food in with the water in your watering can
(be sure to follow label directions).
Here are some of the best plants for beginners:
Leaf lettuce: Leaf lettuce varieties such as Buttercrunch,
Romaine, and Red Sails mature relatively quickly, and you can actually
start harvesting as soon as leaves are large enough to nibble. Lettuces
grow well in containers, with shallow roots that don't need deep pots to
Radishes: One of the fastest crops, radishes are ready to
harvest in about three weeks. (As a bonus, you can eat the leafy tops as
greens.) Because radishes grow so quickly, instead of planting all of
the seeds at once, try sowing a few every week or two so you'll be able
to harvest continuously for a longer period. Radishes grow well in both
beds and pots.
Climbing peas: These grow quickly in the springtime.
Plant them along a fence or trellis so they can climb ? and you can
harvest them more easily. Once summer heat arrives and plants are done
producing, pull the pea vines and plant pole beans in their place. Both
veggies grow well in containers, too.
Basil: This herb loves warm weather,
so plant once frosty nights are long gone. Be sure to remove the flower
buds to keep the plant producing tasty leaves.
Rosemary: This versatile herb is one of the best plants for
beginners. It grows well in either pots or the ground, and can handle
dry spells once it matures. Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, so it
likes the heat.
Chives: No special treatment required for chives! Trim
them often by giving them a "haircut" and shearing off the top third of
the plant. Flowers are edible, too.
Marigolds: These bright blossoms tolerate heat well and bloom
throughout the season, right up until frost. Remove dead blossoms to
keep new buds coming.
Zinnias: Zinnias will grow without any special
treatment. Tall varieties may need to be tied to a stake to keep them
from flopping over. Pinch off dead blooms.
Cosmos: These daisy-like flowers do well in a wide range of soils and can withstand drought once they?ve reached maturity. They love warm weather, so wait to plant until all chance of frost has passed.
Each of these easy-to-grow plants grows well from seed, but your job
will be even easier if you plant seedlings
. Starting a garden with young
plants jumpstarts the process, getting you to colorful flowers or edible
harvest sooner than if you sow seeds.
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