Casie Becker wrote:It depends on the season here. In summer, sweet potatoes, and a recommendation to use the leavs.
Especially with a beginner I think it would be important to choose something they are familiar with. Being able to visualize exactly how they'll use it can help motivate their efforts.
Jan White wrote:Peas are way up there for me, too.
Everyone says radishes are super easy, but I can rarely grow them without them bolting. We just don't really have a spring here most years - it's cold, cold, cold, HOT. Now rat-tail radishes on the other hand, those I can do. The only problem is picking them fast enough!
My favourite easy, torture them as much as I want and still get a decent crop vegetables are tomatoes, ground cherries, and squash.
Jim Guinn wrote:I grow salad greens 12 months out of the year because I love fresh salads. So easy to grow....just plant the seeds and water.
I feel exactly the same about our local deer. If they're eating my veggies, then fair is fair. The trick is to make sure any harvesting is sustainable and improves, rather than damages, the gene-pool. Locally, the cougars are the main deer predator, and they would prey on the old, the weak and the very young. Humans need to emulate that behavior.
Gonna get me a gun. I love wild boar....
Tyler Ludens wrote:Garlic Chives = Unkillable
Tina Hillel wrote:I find chard an easy crop. It lasts from spring until frost hits and can be substituted for pretty much any green. I leave part of them in the ground through the winter to get a jump on some early greens since they are biennial.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Squash is definitely the easiest here. And it's prolific, 4 summer varieties and 4 winter varieties will get you squash for the year.
Walt Chase wrote:Location dependent of course, but greens (turnip, collard, kale etc), radish, Leaf lettuces, and carrots are usually a fairly easy veggie as well
Chris Wang wrote:Rocket/arugula, amaranth and as already mentioned, garlic chives. All of them self seed and go well in hot dry conditions, without any watering.
Laura Nunes wrote:Runner beans and courgettes here but entirely depends on where you are
S Bengi wrote:Squash Family (bugs and powdery mildew overall a no save for a few that comes from the compost pile)
Cabbage Family (Except for daikon radish, bolting in summer, aphid infestation in fall, spring and winter okay for kale/collard)
Lettuce/Dandelion Family (Pest hardy, but they bolt quickly)
Tomatoes Family (Potatoes are good, cherry tomatoes are good, pepper need the most sun and heat)
Legume Family (bush beans need the least amount of heat and the most pest hardy)
Spinach Family (these guys are the best in my book, the 'traditional ones are cool temp nut slow to bolt in summer, and the new world ones are summer weed, so delicious)
Artie Scott wrote:I have had pretty good luck with jalapeño peppers - pop them in the ground and get ready to figure out how to use them all! Very prolific, and they make you feel like you know what you are doing. They really like the hot weather, but keep producing well into October (at least here in Zone 7a).
Get some tomato’s and onions and cilantro going and -voila!- salsa! Delicious. I have also pickled my peppers, which is super easy and fun, and also delicious! Just don’t call me Peter Piper!
Casie Becker wrote:More than what vegetable to grow, for a new gardener I would like them to try a fall garden. Here the hardest part of the growing season would be during the highest point of enthusiasm and as they grew tired of weeding and watering the temperature would become mild and fall rains would take off some of the load. Sometimes summer hits like an anvil and kills a garden from the shock.
John Paulding wrote:Another vote for Irish Potatoes. I like growing the yukon gold.
Jeff Hodgins wrote:For subtropical or tropical I would say easiest leaf veggies are Aloe, Chaya, and Opuntia other easy vegetables are cassava, yams and chayotes.
Ben Zumeta wrote:Green onions are pretty easy, I get mine out of our local organic grocer's leftovers, take the greens if they are good and replant the base 1.5". It was probably the first veggie I may never have to buy again and I use it daily.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:The easiest vegetable to grow, is the one that you are most passionate about. Find the vegetable that is most joyful to you, and you will long to be with it often: to nurture and protect it. It will be easy to pay enough attention to the vegetable that you love, that you will be weed and water it appropriately.
For those interested, there's a whole thread on that one here: https://permies.com/t/101018/Direct-seeding-transplanting-vegetable-starts#834078
One tip for beginner gardeners who have a slug infestation: start plants indoors and your slugs will be less likely to eat bigger, more established plants.
Ken Zemach wrote:Another vote for Chard. Plus it looks really nice. I love Kale but don’t grow it because it gets seriously infested with aphids. Some sacrificial Kale here and there as aphid traps and to lure ladybugs to the area, yes, but it’s too frustrating to grow to eat for me.
Sara Rosenberg wrote:
Additionally, I love planting onions and garlic because you just can't screw it up.