Spring is here, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to host a beautiful, bright, healthy meal on the patio! One of my favorite things is enjoying the company of friends and family outside when the weather is nice. A close second favorite is gardening. So as spring arrives, you can imagine the joy the season brings to our home when we enjoy healthy veggies from our yard to our table.
If you’re wondering how to start your own vegetable garden, begin by reviewing your space. Regardless of how much room you have, there are veggies to suit any area. While having a spacious backyard garden is exciting, don’t be discouraged by gardening in pots on the balcony or a raised bed on the side yard – they can be just as perfect!
Here are a few vegetables you can start from plants or seeds that thrive in either plots or pots:
Tomatoes: Tomatoes sprout up so quickly that they make for a fun and easy vegetable your kids can grow.
Lettuce: There are many varieties of lettuce, including red or green leaf lettuce, arugula, and romaine, just to name a few. Fresh, crunchy lettuce leaves are great for livening up a sandwich or simply garnishing a lunch plate.
Radishes: A quick, easy-to-grow, colorful crop, perfect for any container.
Carrots: A family favorite everyone enjoys eating as well as yanking from the dirt.
Beets: An easy vegetable to grow that’s full of health benefits. Beets can be served warm, cold, or even as a great addition to smoothies, providing many rich antioxidants.
Cucumbers: A cucumber vine can grow vertically on a trellis in a small space, and who doesn’t love a creamy cucumber salad with their barbecue?
Spring Onions: A great addition to salads or baked potatoes, spring onions are very low maintenance!
Mint: Mint is an excellent addition to any spring garden. It’s perfect in pots or spread out on open ground. Mint can also easily be used to spice up a flavored lemonade or Moscow mule for a friend or family member who might enjoy a light refreshment during a short visit.
While it sounds a bit ambitious to juggle both garden and event details, I promise the growing your own garden part isn’t complicated. Start slowly by practicing on your family first. As a big dreamer, I sometimes get caught up in the idea rather than the effort. However, when it comes to real-life school and work schedules for our family, feeding them a quick snack on the go of homegrown carrots and celery in a Ziploc bag, or even packing myself a homegrown salad in Tupperware for a work lunch, is just as satisfying as any extravagant mimosa patio affair. With a bit of practice and the confidence your own garden brings, I hope you, too, enjoy sharing your harvest with those you love the most!
Shawna Sabedra is a freelance writer, editorial assistant, wife, and mother of three young, energetic boys.