Healthy Homegrown Foods
8 Foods Great for Beginner Gardeners
Skip the produce aisle. These herbs and veggies are easy to grow in small outdoor spaces
Take your nutrition to the next level by filling your plate with healthy herbs and veggies you grew yourself. “When you grow your own food, you know where it came from, that it’s pesticide free, and as fresh as it can be,” says Stacey Hirvela, gardening expert and author of Gardening Outside the Plot (January 2014, Rodale). Even if you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you can plant food in pots, window boxes, wall planters, and hanging baskets. “Most vegetables take readily to being grown in containers—you don’t have to start a full-on vegetable garden to start growing edibles,” says Hirvela.
Where to begin? Consider how much sunlight your outdoor space gets. Most crops need at least 6 hours of direct sun to thrive and produce well, says Hirvela. Although light is the most important factor, a shaded porch or balcony doesn’t prohibit you from growing healthy foods, since some edibles can thrive in shaded areas. To help you get started, Hirvela shares eight foods perfect for beginner gardeners, plus tips on how to make them flourish.