Growing your own veggies is the best way to ensure that you are getting the freshest and healthiest vegetables, you have immediate control over when they are harvested and what pesticides are used. Some veggies are difficult to grow and it can be very time consuming to get them to grow strong and healthy. Here are ten vegetables which require very little effort to grow into strong plants which can be harvested to stock your pantry full of healthy greens.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the hardiest veggies and can be grown from seeds right in your veggies patch. They require a lot of sunlight and once the plants are a few weeks old, they will require some support for the vine to grow on. Cherry or vine tomatoes are the best for salads while full tomatoes are more suited for cooking and sandwiches.

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Green Tomatoes by ju5ti

Green Beans

Green beans are an excellent source of a range of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Simply sow the seeds in a patch of soil which receives a lot of sunlight, water them every second day and you’ll soon have a large crop of green beans.

Snap Peas

Snap peas are a great dipping snack for work or school lunch boxes. They don’t need to be cooked and are packed with vitamin C. Snap peas require a cooler spot with plenty of water so it is usually best to grow them in early spring or later summer to avoid the midday heat.

Carrots

Eat your carrots to improve your eye sight! We’ve all heard this tip and it comes from the abundance of vitamin A as well as being packed with beta kerotine. Although carrots take a while to grow to an edible size, they can just be planted, watered and then harvested without any other intervention. Plant them early in spring to ensure that they reach their full size by mid summer.

Here is a great pesto recipe for your unused carrot tops.

Radishes

Radishes are a great low calorie addition to salads and sandwiches. What’s best is that they grow really quickly, they are usually edible in just four weeks. Because they have a shallow root system and are quite tough, they can be grown in a sunny spot indoors all year around.

Chilies

Chilies, red or green need lots of sun and a nice warm spot to thrive. They are best grown in summer, so plant the seeds in early spring. Chilies are rich in vitamin C and are great for flavouring soups, sauces, pickles and stews.

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Parsley

Parsley is en extremely easy to grow herb, sprinkle some seeds among the other plants in your garden or use the plants as a decorative garden edging. Parsley needs a lot of water and sunlight and it will easily grow into a healthy plant.

Basil

Basil is another plant which does well both indoors and outdoors. Basil can be grown all year around and makes a great additional to pastas, salads and can be made into a delicious pesto. Basil needs a lot of sunlight and watering every second day.

Make a delicious tomato and basil pasta sauce with this recipe.

Cover Image: Radish Patch by OakleyOriginals. All images in this article are used under CC BY 2.0.