Growing your own food can be a daunting task, so I think it’s especially important for first-time gardeners to set themselves up for success. One way to maximize your probability of a decent harvest is to plant varieties that are relatively uncomplicated.
Here are some of my top picks for beginner gardeners:
- Tatsoi – I like growing Asian greens because they’re hard to find and expensive. Resow every two weeks to ensure a constant supply of delicious baby salad greens or full-size cooking greens.
- Happy Rich Chinese Kale – Another Asian vegetable that’s pretty easy to grow and you’ll never find at the grocery store. The leaves, stems, and mini-broccoli heads are all edible and super delicious.
- Easter Egg Radish – Radishes are great for beginning gardeners because they’re quick to germinate, quick to mature, and take up very little space in your garden. This multi-color mix of red, purple, and white round radishes are sure to please kids and adults.
- Sun Gold Cherry Tomato – Probably the most complicated item on the list because it requires staking or trellising, but a vigorous producer that bears fruit for months. Well-worth the extra effort!
- French Sorrel – One of the easiest plants you can grow. Sorrel is a hardy perennial that pretty much takes care of itself. The lemony leaves taste great in salads, soups, and sauces.
- Mint (any variety) – This perennial is such a sure-thing that you’ll want to plant it in a container so it doesn’t spread through your whole garden!
When I find a variety that’s relatively bomb-proof, I like to stick with it year after year. Which produce varieties do you find the most forgiving?