The farm to table movement is sweeping restaurants around the country! More and more people are recognizing the benefits of getting produce from the ground to the dining table as quickly as possible. The benefits are impressive: nutrients aren’t lost in transit across the world and local farmers typically don’t use the harsh chemicals that big corporate farms do.
The farm to table idea isn’t just for restaurants though! You can take part in yourself by growing edible plants in right your backyard and then enjoying them at your own kitchen table. Take a look at 10 of the easiest edibles you can grow yourself!
- Lettuce. The secret to successfully growing lettuce lies in frequently picking your lettuce leafs so that the crop can continually grow new leaves. There are plenty of varieties of you can grow, so all you need to do is pick your favorite!
- Green Onions. The next time your family uses store bought onions for a dish, ask your mom or dad save you the root portion of the onion. This part that would ordinarily be thrown away can actually be planted to grow more onions.
- Tomatoes. Tomatoes are a great choice for beginning gardeners, but for the best results, start growing your tomatoes from a plant instead of seeds.
- Cucumbers. The main thing you need to know about successfully growing cucumbers is that they can take up a lot of space in your garden. Be sure to give these space hogs plenty of room to sprawl wherever you plant them.
- Herbs. Herbs enjoy a reputation as some of the easiest edible plants to grow for good reasons. They can be grown indoors or out, thrive with little maintenance, and some options are even perennial, which means you can enjoy them year after year!
- Spinach. Like lettuce, frequently picking spinach leafs will keep you with a bountiful supply of fresh spinach. Spinach’s versatility in a wide variety of fresh and raw dishes makes this crop a big winner!
- Peppers. Conventionally grown peppers are consistently ranked as some of the dirtiest produce out there. You can avoid all those nasty pesticides and chemicals by growing your own peppers right at home!
- Carrots. The two things you need to know about growing carrots is first to give them plenty of deep, rock-free soil for growing. Secondly, you can recognize when it’s time to pluck your carrots from the ground when you can see their tops poking through the soil.
- Green Beans: Several of varieties of green beans are available, and they are all pretty easy to grow. However, if you are looking for the easiest option, go for bush beans because they don’t require any support from trellises.
- Radishes: Radishes can be a super rewarding edible plant to grow in your garden because they are so fast growing.