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Easy Vegetables to Grow in your own Garden

Gardening has long been known as a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get in touch with nature. Many people seek solace in their gardens and find calmness and peace while digging in the dirt. Gardening can be a form of exercise too, so it is great for your health overall.

The more fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, the healthier you will remain. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you will be more inclined to consume them. They will eventually become irresistible to you.

Growing your own food is a great way to stretch your food dollar. Grow your own vegetables, fruit and herbs to save money on delicious produce. Some produce is low maintenance and easy to care for with just a few minutes every few days. Soil needs to be prepared with fertilizer and adequate weeding before planting. Herbs such as basil, lavender and mint grow well when started indoors and transferred into your garden. Basil or mint can be added to many dishes for added flavor. Lavender is a great natural air freshener.

Carrots are planted as seed and extremely flavorful when grown in your own garden and eaten fresh. Children often prefer carrots to other vegetables and they are high in beta-carotene, among other vitamins. Cucumbers are another easy sell for children. Plant them from seed or seedling and they only require watering every few days.

Green beans are also easy to grow so long as you can provide a pole for them to grow up. They produce a very hardy plant and will store well. They will be ready to harvest within 2-3 months. Store them somewhere cool like a basement so they keep longer.

For delicious salads, grow your own lettuce from either seed or seedling. Lettuce prefers cooler weather so you can start them early. Lettuce doesn't require a lot of fertilizer but can be eaten by pests. Make your own organic fertilizer from easy online recipes to save money. Beyond that, they don't require much attention.

Growing your own produce is the best way to save money on delicious and healthy food. Organic produce is rich in nutrition and even helps you reduce your carbon footprint. Fruits and vegetables grown right in your own yard retains all of its freshness and flavor and doesn't have to travel, thereby making it a very economical and environmentally friendly choice.