Have you ever had fruits or vegetables from an at-home garden? Nothing compares to the freshness and satisfaction of having grown it yourself. The convenience of being able to walk into your backyard and grab some tomatoes for a fresh batch of salsa, healthy salad, or to top off your sandwich. Gardening is a great source of physical activity it is equivalent to burning as many calories as a 30-minute walk! Lets not forget about the money you’ll save growing fruits and vegetables as opposed to buying them at the store. Lets take a look at some easy plants to start with:

  1. Green Beans

Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron, and fiber

How to plant: Plant green beans in well-drained soil with lots of sun. Sow seeds every couple of weeks for continual harvest

  • Carrots

Nutrients: Vitamin A

How to plant: Plant carrots in sandy loam as soon as the soil can be worked.

  • Cucumbers

Nutrients: About 95% water- great for hydration

How to plant: Plant cucumber with good fertilization and lots of organic matter. The more you harvest the higher the production.

  • Lettuce

Nutrients: Vitamins A, C, K and folate

How to Plant: Plant in spring and fall, sow every couple of weeks for continuous harvest.

  • Snap Peas

Nutrients: Vitamin C and fiber

How to Plant: Plant peas as early as your planting schedule allows and sow more seeds when cooler fall days return.

  • Basil

How to use: Try it in salads, sandwiches, pasta, and drinks.

How to Plant:  Plant basil in moist soil with lots of sun. Sow every couple of weeks for continual harvest.

  • Dill

How to use: Try it on cucumbers.

How to Plant: Plant seeds in warmer weather

  • Cilantro

How to use: Try it in salsa, on tacos, or on fish.

How to Plant: Plant early in the season and sow occasionally for continual harvest.

  • Parsley

Nutrients: Vitamins A and C

How to Plant: Plant in moist soil with organic matter.

  1. Thyme

How to use: Try in in stew/soups, on potatoes, meat, or on apples/pears.

How to Plant: Plant in an area with lots of sunlight.

These are just a few of the many delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can grow in your garden this year! It’s never too late to try out new things. Grab some soil, seeds, water and you’re off to an amazing start!