New to gardening? Start here, with these 10 easy to grow vegetables and herbs. 

Getting started gardening may seem overwhelming. There is a lot to learn, but one of the best ways to learn is by experience. Your confidence and knowledge will grow right along with your garden as you learn, plant, and harvest these 10 easy to grow vegetables and herbs. 

As you decide what to plant in your garden, pay attention to these things

  • The soil. Make sure you give plants the best start possible by planting them in good soil. 
  • Whether to plant seeds or transplants. For the best chance of success, follow the listed recommendations. 
  • When to plant. Planting at the right time will influence your success (or failure) more than any other factor. Learn the zone and frost date for your area
10 easy to grow vegetables and herbs

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10 Easy to Grow Vegetables and Herbs

Easy to grow vegetable: Radishes

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow radishes

Radishes sprout easily, grow quickly, and are a perfect first seed to grow for new or young gardeners.

  • Plant radishes from seed
  • Radishes prefer cool weather. Plant radishes 2 to 3 weeks before the average date of the last frost in spring. 
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant radishes beginning in September through April

Easy to grow vegetable: Beans

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

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Beans are fast growers and do best in warm, moist soil. 

Easy to grow vegetable: Peas

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Read this article for more information about how to grow peas

Peas are easy to grow in your garden, and because they normally grow vertically, they provide a high yield in a small growing area.

  • Plant peas from seed.
  • Look for disease-resistant varieties.
  • Plant peas 4-6 weeks before your last frost date in the spring. 
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant peas from September through February.

Easy to grow vegetable: Bell peppers

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow peppers

Bell peppers need warm weather to do well. 

  • Plant peppers from transplant
  • Plant peppers once soil temperatures reach 65℉ – usually a few weeks after your frost date. 
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant peppers in the early spring and again in July
  • Pepper limbs are brittle; provide support to prevent breakage.

Easy to grow herb: Basil

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow basil

One of the most popular herbs to grow, basil is a warm-weather fragrant herb whose flowers attract native bees.

  • Plant basil from seed or transplant
  • Try different varieties
  • Prune basil often to encourage a bushy plant and prevent flowering. 
  • Plant basil in the spring when nighttime temperatures are above 70℉.

10 Easy to Grow Vegetables and Herbs

Easy to grow vegetable: Swiss chard

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow Swiss chard

Swiss chard grows well in sun or shade, and in mild winter areas can be grown year-round. 

  • Plant Swiss chard from seed or transplant
  • Plant Swiss chard 2-3 weeks before your last frost date. 
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant Swiss chard from mid-September through February.
  • Try colorful varieties. 
  • Harvest leaves from the outside for a perpetual harvest. 

Easy to grow herb: Garlic chives

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Garlic chives are one of the simplest herbs to grow. The leaves, buds, and white blossoms are all edible. 

  • Plant garlic chives from seed or transplant. 
  • Plant in the spring. In mild winter areas, garlic chives can also be planted in the fall. 
  • Feed at the beginning of each season. 
  • Divide plants every 2-3 years. 
  • Plants may die back in a freeze, but come back in the spring.

Easy to grow vegetable: Garlic

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow garlic. 

Although garlic requires several months to grow, it is simple to grow and great for beginners. 

  • Garlic is grown from garlic cloves.
  • Plant garlic in late fall, and harvest midsummer. 
  • Feed garlic once during the growing season with fish-emulsion

Easy to grow vegetable: Summer squash

10 Easy to grow vegetables and herbs

Read this article for more information about how to grow summer squash

This warm-season crop is a heavy producer. Give it plenty of room and water. 

  • Summer squash grows best from seed.
  • Plant in the spring after danger of frost has passed.
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant mid-February – April and again from mid-August – September.

Easy to grow vegetable: Beets

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Beets are easy to grow, come in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and are grown for their roots as well as greens.

  • Start beets from seed. Each beet seed contains 2-3 beets. Thin seedlings when beets are about 3 inches tall. 
  • In cool areas, plant beets 1 month before the last spring frost. Beets tolerate a little frost and near-freezing temperatures.
  • In the low desert of Arizona, plant beets from the middle of September through the beginning of March.

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