William Bronson wrote:I've never grown actual rattail radishes!
I grow tillage radish, the bootleg diakon.
They bolt plenty, but the seedpods are like spicy pea pods, so it's not a bad thing.
I throw those seeds everywhere, they frequently outgrow established starts of other plants!
Steve Thorn wrote:I wish I liked to eat radishes, as easy are they is to grow!
Mike Barkley wrote:Swiss Chard & kales & sweet potatos thrive here in loose soil with some good compost added. Black eyed peas & TN Valencia peanut do good in our unamended clay soil. While not a vegetable buckwheat is super easy to grow & very versatile. Seminole pumpkins need quality soil & a lot of space but are easy to grow under those conditions. They all produce a lot of easy to grow food.
Daron Williams wrote:Orach is a great and easy vegetable to grow. I grew it for the first time last spring and it did really well and provided a lot of greens in spring and through most of the summer. Plus the slugs seemed to leave it alone!
Steve Thorn wrote:
Very cool! I had never even heard of it!
Based on what I was reading about it, it's similar to spinach right?
I'm definitely going to try this next year!
Daron Williams wrote:Similar in taste though a little different - some people say it has a salty taste but I did not notice it but my sister-n-law did. Overall, I enjoyed it raw and cooked - seemed to be very similar to spinach to me both raw and cooked.
I used it in salads, in cooking, and in some apple/berries/greens smoothies that I make.
It will get very tall while it grows - mine got up to 6 feet or so but seemed to be stable against the wind. I have heard it reseeds very easily so I may have a lot coming up in the spring! But I like volunteers and I found it to be a very nice and easy vegetable to grow.
Dem Krebs wrote:I imagine in a hotter place, peas are a right nightmare to time correctly for new gardeners and they wouldn't find them that easy to grow.
Chris Palmberg wrote:I find that the versatility and adaptablity of summer squash make them hard to screw up. You can pretty much start a compost pile heavy in yard waste, throw seeds into the mix, and three months later, you're lurking in church parking lots in your community in search of unlocked cars and open pickup beds to leave your surplus because you...just...CAN'T anymore.
Of course, the variety you pick helps, not so much in getting better yields, but rather in avoiding zucchini the size of your leg. Gold/Yellow Zukes, for example, are brightly colored enough to be easily found in the jungle of vines that sometimes seems obligatory. Yellow Crookneck or Pattypans are similar, as are various types that lean closer to gray or are mottled. The classic dark green varieties, however, can be DAMNED hard to find, and as a result you're likely to be overrun.
My new plan for chicken-proofing the produce patch is to set up an equal footprint of chicken garden that's going to be heavy in zucchini and similar crops that tend to be overzealous in production so that they'll have plenty of food without raiding the market garden.
Su Ba wrote:In my location, bush beans are the easiest. Everybody here can grow bush beans. Second easiest is cherry or grape tomatoes. Third easiest is daikon.
Peas have disease problems here, so new gardeners often don't see a crop before disease takes the vines. Or they get just the first pods on the vine, then disaster takes the rest.
Cucumbers are an experienced gardener's crop here. Pickleworm destroys every cucumber unless the gardener is right on top of it. Even decent gardeners have a tough time getting more than just a few misshapened cucumbers off their vines. Be glad you don't have to deal with pickleworm!
William Bronson wrote: Radishes for sure.
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