Easiest vegetable to grow in my climate is the kale family, especially Lacinato (dino) kale. It doesn't bolt as quickly as other types, and grows well in large containers or the ground. The trunks can get very large and I just keep picking off the lower leaves. Also Portuguese Kale, which is really a type of Collard similar to Georgia Collard, but with even larger leaves. My Georgia had yellow flowers like most kales, whereas the Portuguese Kale had white flowers. This plant became perennial and green most of the year, even in the mild frosts that we have here, in N. California coast inland valley.
Salad greens like lettuce or spinach if you like raw salads. Mustard greens or kale if you like or want to try cooking greens. Try growing them with Carol Deppe’s eat all greens method so you can harvest the whole plants to maximize yield.
Steve Thorn wrote:What would you recommend to a brand new gardener as the easiest vegetable to grow?
For me and my area, I would recommend cucumbers!
These were one of the first things I personally grew, and survived when everything else didn't do so well.
Reasons I would recommend them...
1) They sprout easily from being planted directly in the soil.
2) They grow quickly, usually even in poor soils.
3) They can grow among weeds due to their fast growth and climbing vines.
Can you think of anything I've missed about cucumbers being easy to grow?
What would you recommend to a new gardener as the easiest vegetable to grow?
I would recommend Bell pepper because I tried out growing bell pepper from scrap last year last summer, and it turned out surprisingly great. It took hardly two months to grow completely, and I must say it was the easiest vegetable I ever grew on my lawn. Also, when it comes to nutrition, bell pepper contains fats of less than 1 gram, and also it is rich in multiple vitamins and low in calories and carbohydrates.
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