Here are the most popular vegetables to grow in a garden. Check out why they are so popular and find gardening tips for each vegetable.
Plucking fresh tomatoes from the garden and cutting lettuce leaves for tonight’s salad are just a couple simple pleasures that come growing vegetables in a backyard garden. Having a vegetable garden not only puts fresh, nutrient-rich food on our tables, but can also be a great sense of accomplishment and relaxation for the gardener. Growing vegetables is a highly rewarding hobby as you can share your bounty of food with neighbors, can the fresh veggies for later, and have instant gratification as you watch your little veggies grow. Here are the 10 Most Popular Vegetables to Grow in your backyard.
Most Popular Vegetables to Grow in a Garden
- Tomatoes are the number one grown vegetable in the world. There are hundreds of varieties from little grape tomatoes to Early Girl to large Heirloom tomatoes like Brandywine which has a rich robust flavor. Here are tips on how to grow tomatoes in your garden.
- Broccoli is another veggie that is grown quite a bit. It is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, Vitamins A, B6 and C. Broccoli is considered a superfood and relatively easy to grow. It is a cool season group and does when spaced at least 12” area from other plants. You can eat the florets as they shoot up or wait until the broccoli has formed the crown. Here are tips on how to grow broccoli in your garden.
- Peas are an awesome vegetable to grow and super easy. Plant these next to a fence or up a trellis and enjoy picking fresh snap peas on spring and early summer. They prefer it a little bit cooler weather and are prolific growers. Here are tips on how to grow peas in your garden.
- Green Beans are another easy plant to grow when it warms up. Plant so that they can grow up a trellis or even plant next to corn and let the corn serve as the support structure. Green beans are a great vegetable to can and also to freeze when picked fresh. Here are tips on how to grow green beans in your garden.
- Carrots are a very popular vegetable to grow in the cool season as you can toss the seeds in an area, thin it out as they start to grow, and then harvest the sweet and crunchy root vegetable. Here are tips on how to grow carrots in your garden.
- Spinach is another great super-food that is super popular to grow. You can sprinkle seeds over the organic potting soil and in a week have baby spinach to start adding to your salads. Here are tips on how to grow spinach in your garden.
- Lettuce including leaf lettuces and head lettuces are often grown in the cool season. Sow different types of seeds together to create your own spring mix. Here are tips on tips for growing lettuce in your garden.
- Cucumbers are heat-loving plants and they love to produce a lot of cukes! One plant easily feeds a family of four, so plant a few more if you want to share with your neighbors or if you want to can them to have all winter long. Here are tips on how to grow cucumbers in your garden.
- Pumpkins are crazy popular to grow in the middle of the summer in preparation for all things pumpkin in the fall. Over a hundred different kinds to choose from including small white ones to large ones perfect for carving. If you want to grow baking pumpkins plant the small pumpkins that are labeled “sugar pumpkins” or “pie pumpkins” instead of “jack-o-lantern” pumplins.
- Kale has risen quickly on the popularity scale in the last few years. It is also a cool season crop that will continue to grow as you harvest the outer leaves. It is one of the best superfoods and is a good source of nutrients to heal our body and ward of diseases. Here are tips on how to grow kale in your garden.
There are many types of vegetables that can be grown in either the cool season or in the heat of summer. So many vegetables to grow, so little time! You can’t grow wrong with growing any of these popular vegetables in your garden.
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Kristi Trimmer wrote this for PremeditatedLeftovers.com and it was published March 9, 2014. It was updated on May 3, 2018.