20 Minimum Effort Vegetable For Lazy Gardeners | How to Start a Garden With Very Low Effort


Most gardeners want low maintenance crops to grow in their home garden. You love the greenery and your homegrown veggies but you don’t have enough time to spend outside, facing the sun rays and fighting with the weeds and pests.

In this article, those vegetables are going to discuss which are perfect for those who are beginners, those who have not enough time to maintain the plants, and those who don’t want to work hard in the dirt. As a  beginner, these low effort crops will also help to boost up your morale and you will get confidence to grow those vegetables that require hard work.


BUT FIRST, CONSIDER YOUR CLIMATE

In this article the vegetables which are going to discuss require little maintenance but before choosing the veggies for your garden you should do some research.

 For example, broccoli is such a vegetable that can require little maintenance but after some research, you know that this vegetable loves cold climates. If you are living in a hot area then this should not be included in the list of vegetables which you are going to grow in your garden


20 LOW MAINTAINANCE CROPS

Now we are going to discuss 20 vegetables which you can grow very easily in your garden. If you are facing trouble in deciding which vegetables you should grow then ponder no more and read this article completely it will help you a lot.


1- GARLIC

The easiest growing veggie is garlic, just plant the cloves in the fall and cover them. This will be easy for lazy gardeners who don’t want to maintain their vegetable property.

The only hard work needed from you is that mulching. If you are living in a colder climate then mulch quickly for the winter. In the late winter pull the mulch aside because the temperature starts to get warm.


2- PEPPERS

The most important thing about pepper is that they like hot weather. The best time for planting is 3-4 weeks after last spring frost.

If you wait to plant them in suitable weather then you will see with the help of plenty of water and some fertilizer they will grow well. In the hot summer, the pepper is a great option as it requires little maintenance.


3- LETTUCE

It is one of the great vegetables to grow. Both weather fall and spring are suitable for them. It can mature in 2-3 months and need partial sun.

This crop does not need hard work but you should keep in your mind that it loves cool soil. For this purpose, your soil needs more water and you should cover it with straw or mulch.


4- BEANS

This low maintenance crop needs full sun and regular water. Well-drained soil and in the presence of composted manure, this crop will keep you fed during the season. Beans don’t like weeds as they disturbed their roots. When the pods are firm and large enough, Now is the best time that you can harvest them. You can clip or pinch off them with your fingers.


 5- CARROTS

Another deep-rooted veggie for lazy gardeners. It can mature within 2-3 months with the help of loose soil and full sun. Little maintenance makes it a favorite of many gardeners. This crop is generally pests and rot-resistant but weeds become the reason for spreading disease and pests.


6- RADISH

 The important thing about radish is that it can be harvested within a month after planting. Little maintenance makes it the dream of lazy farmers.

It needs full sunlight, without light radish will give large leaves instead of bulbs. If you want to get a good crop of radish then you should add manure, compost, or high-quality fertilizers into the soil so they will be able to get basic nutrients.


7- SPINACH

It can tolerate cold weather that’s why it can easily grow in spring or fall. The important thing is that it can survive below-freezing temperatures. Spinach needs well-drained soil.

If you want a proper crop of spinach, there is no need that you have experience in growing spinach. Because the gardeners who have zero knowledge about planting, even they can grow it well. If you see the leaves are big enough to eat then harvest them don’t wait too long as the taste of the leaves becomes bitter


8- TOMATO

Tomato is a labor-light crop and can be grown in spring as well as in summer. But it can easily become the victim of pests that’s why you have to keep an eye on this crop.

Nutrient-rich soil is essential for its better growth so you must be careful while filling your planter with soil. Try to provide 6-8 hours of sunlight to your tomato plant so choose a sunny location. Now we talk about an important factor which is water, baby tomatoes need good water, and after getting established, they need regular water.


9- CUCUMBER

As a beginner, you can grow cucumbers easily. The things you should consider are hot weather, wet soil, and plenty of nutrients. When they are big enough you can easily harvest them.

If you want to grow a healthy crop of cucumber you should select a site with full sun and try to provide all healthy soil conditions to your plant.  As it is mentioned above that cucumbers need nutrients so you should add compost and fertilizer to the soil.


10- SQUASH

 This crop needs full sun to thrive so you should be more careful when using the location. For the development of this crop, you need moist and well-drained soil. 

Before planting you should add compost into the soil, so this vegetable can get plenty of nutrients from the soil.  Fertilize your plant throughout the season when needed. The temperature of the soil must be 15-degree centigrade. Mulch can help to keep weeds down and raise the moisture level in the soil.


11- BEET

The best thing about beet is that it can tolerate frost. Before planting it make sure that your soil has all the basic nutrients which are requirements of beetroot.

You can add manure and phosphorus supplement for the better development of crops. Add nitrogen to the soil if you know that there is a deficiency of it in your soil otherwise it can impede the healthy growth of your beets.


12- PEA

Another humble crop that has a delicious flavor.  This vegetable loves cool weather and partial sun. It needs well-drained soil that has manure or fertilizer for the best growth of plants.

The growing season of these is very short, but they can grow very fast. This plant does not need a ton of water, just make sure that the soil has enough moisture to thrive.


13- MINT

Mint is a herb that can enhance the taste of your different dishes. The interesting thing is that it is a herb that can easily grow without any care. This herb tends to spread. 

This herb needs moist and well-drained soil. 5 to 8 hours of sunlight is necessary for its better growth. You can even grow it in a glass of water. For better results use the leaves when they are fresh.


14- ONION

Onion is the primary ingredient of many recipes.  It needs well-drained soil which has all the basic nutrients. Full sun exposure makes it possible for this vegetable to grow well and give you a healthy yield. A beautiful bulb of onion can be grown easily if you provide all the rich nutrients to the soil.


15- LENTIL

Lentil is easy to grow the crop. It likes cool-season, full sun, and moist soil. Lentils grow well if they get 6-8 hours of sunlight.

Organic materials such as manure and compost make your work easier because the addition of these materials gives lentils a healthy possible start. You can plant lentils with seeds. The maturity time of lentils is 70-80 days.


16- BROCCOLI

It is a cold-loving vegetable which Is not only tasty and nutritious but it is fairly easy to grow. You will get to harvest during the season.  This plant is good for beginners and can grow at a temperature below 20 Fahrenheit.

The important factors which you need for broccoli’s better growth are full sunlight and rich soil. Broccoli is very good to boost the immune system of your body. The antioxidants which are present in this vegetable reduce inflammation and cellular damage.


17- ZUCCHINI

Homegrown vegetables are fresh as compared to the store’s vegetables. This is a little maintenance plant and this green vegetable grows in rich soil that is well composted.  If you want a healthy crop of zucchini then you should plant seeds 3 to 6 feet apart from each other. A sunny spot is best for them.


18- GREEN BEANS

Green beans are getting popular because it takes only 2 months to harvest and it is possible to harvest green beans frequently. For fast germination before planting green beans, soak them in warm water for one day.

Well-drained and nutrient-rich soil is necessary for the growth of green beans, at the temperature of 65°F. Green beans are a treasure of vitamins and minerals and help to boost Your immune system. No one denies the freshness of homegrown vegetables. If you have a spot for growing plants then don’t hesitate to grow this nutritious vegetable.


19- KALE

Kale tolerates cold weather and like well-drained fertile soil. It is a versatile plant that grows in spring or summer and you can harvest it in the fall or early winter.

It is necessary to fertilize it throughout the season because it loves nitrogen and potassium. When the frost passes, then add a thick layer of mulch throughout your bed. In this way, the temperature of the soil will be maintained.


20- BASIL

Basil is a herb that you can easily grow in your vegetable garden. You should choose the best location for your basil plant where it gets full sun and moist soil. Make sure that your plants get frequent water to thrive. If you are living in a hot climate then you must water your basil plants daily. 

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