Nothing can make me more proud than seeing my beautiful tomatoes or weighing the onions or the carrot crop. The work in the vegetable garden is hard, but not all vegetables are hard to grow - actually some are very easy.
A vegetable database can be useful
When I first started to grow vegetables, I didn't know anything about them, so I asked my Dave's Garden friends and colleagues from work, read many articles and saw many videos. I even made myself a small database, where I filed information about growing and caring for several vegetables that I wanted to grow in my garden. This proved to be very useful later on, whenever I couldn't remember how I should care for a vegetable plant. It took me a few years to learn and now I almost don't need to check the database anymore.
Chose vegetables according to moisture needs
I have been growing pretty much all vegetables, however the easiest one, by far is the onion. Easy doesn't mean without work, so I had to learn how to make rows (small ditches) when burying the small onion sets - which, by the way, can be white, yellow or red, as are the mature onions. That is not the hardest work when growing onions, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of pulling out the green onions in the spring and the huge onions, later in the summer. I also have to weed with a hoe between the rows, maybe once or twice, until the onions mature. Onions don't need too much watering, maybe once or twice, until they start growing. Only in case of drought, more watering than the rain is needed, but this rarely happens. This same advice goes for the garlic, which needs the same conditions as onions.
Spring vegetables need watering, but grow fast
Carrots, radishes, spinach and lettuce are also very easy vegetables to grow. I grow these in my garden every spring. I only have to sow the seeds in rows, cover the seeds with dirt and start watering. Radishes are grown in two weeks, spinach in about a month, lettuce in a month and a half. Only the carrots are dug out later in the summer or in early fall. All of these vegetables also need nothing else than regular moisture and maybe some weeding from time to time. If the plants grow very close to each other, the weeds don't have room to grow and they are actually suited for growing in close conditions. They might need a bit of thinning though, if the plants are very close, but this can be prevented when sowing. The seeds can be sown further from each other by mixing with a little sand or soil. If the young plants are closer than a few inches, pull the weakest seedlings and let the stronger ones grow. The thinned plants make excellent additions to salads and soups.
Vegetables with beautiful foliage
Squash and zucchini are also easy to grow. Just like as the others above, I sow the seeds in the spring, directly into the ground. I bury the seeds deeper, in a small hole I make at 4 inches depth. I need to leave 3 feet space around each hole, because both squash and zucchini plants are very large bushes, with large, beautiful leaves - that's why it needs a lot of space, to grow. More than that, I water it everyday and then, pick the grown squash or zucchini. I harvest a few daily, so that I have more than enough for my family. I share some of them with my friends and freeze some for the winter. Moreover, their large leaves cover large areas of my vegetable garden, making it look luxurious.
Last, but not least, the beans are also very easy to grow and very decorative for the fence of my vegetable garden. I have a wired fence, which is good for support. Beans are a climbing plant and need something strong to climb on. In the spring, I make 2 inch holes along the fence, leaving 8 inches between each, then I sow 2 bean seeds in each hole. I cover the holes with dirt and mark each with a long stick, which shows me the spot that I need to water. The stick will also guide the young plant onto the fence. The seeds sprout in a few days and, in a month, the first flowers are blooming. The pods start growing and all I need to do is water. Beans can be harvested as soon as they are about a finger's length long and can be picked until they are large and tough. Then, just shell the beans from the pods and use them.
Isn't it fun to pick the bean pods from your own vine, when walking around the garden? I do so and I'm telling you, it is so rewarding, especially for a vegetable which is so easy to grow. If you have time and even a small piece of land in your garden, which you can use for growing vegetables, don't be afraid to do it, it's easy!