But I'm New To Gardening! What's The Easiest Thing To Grow?

But I'm New To Gardening! What's The Easiest Thing To Grow?

Starting a garden can be an exciting and rewarding experience, especially for beginners. A common question I get asked is, “What is the easiest thing to grow?”

And if you’re an experienced gardener— it’s also helpful to think about this! Cuz who doesn’t like a quick win and a new way to think about your gardening goals?

Here’s my answer: If you're starting a garden and looking for a great place to start, growing greens for salads is an excellent choice. 

Easy to Grow 
One of the reasons why beginning gardeners should consider starting with greens is that they are incredibly easy to grow. They require minimal space, sunlight, and care, making them perfect for those who are just starting their gardening journey.

Gone are all those limitations we stress ourselves out with--  I don’t have enough knowledge, experience, space, sun, or time! Whether you have a small balcony or a large backyard, greens can be grown in small pots, larger containers, raised beds or traditional in-ground gardens. Take what you DO have, make the most of it, and have fun!

Quick Growth 
Another advantage of growing greens for salads is their quick growth. Unlike some other vegetables that take months to mature, many greens can be harvested within a few weeks of planting—cuz you’re growing them for the leaves only. You’re not taking the plant through a fruiting cycle or waiting for the roots to form.

Lettuce starts at Prairie Road Organic Seed

This means you can enjoy fresh, homegrown salads in no time-- a quick win!  The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! Plus you'll be expanding your knowledge, experience and confidence.
Nutritional Benefits 
Greens, such as spinach, arugula, and lettuce, are packed with essential nutrients that are beneficial for our health. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like iron and calcium. By growing your own greens, the quality and freshness is in your control-- making sure you're getting the best nutritional boost possible from your salad.

Store-bought organic greens can be quite expensive. By the time they make it through the distribution system and get to you, they don’t have a lot of shelf life left and spoil quickly.

By growing them at home, you can save money and know that your salad is as fresh as it can be—full of life-giving energy and nutrition. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that your salads are good clean food. You know exactly where it came from!
Versatility in Salads 
When it comes to salads, greens offer a wide range of options and flavors. From delicate leaf lettuce, baby spinach leaves, flavorful cilantro, to spicy arugula, you can experiment with different combinations to create salads that suit your taste buds. Growing your own greens allows you to have a variety of options at your fingertips, so your salads are always fresh and exciting.

Cilantro seedlings at Prairie Road Organic Seed 
A Gateway to Further Gardening 
Starting your gardening journey with greens for salads can be a gateway to further exploration in the world of gardening. As you gain confidence and experience growing leaves for your salad bowl, you can use those skills to expand your garden adventure to other vegetables, herbs, and fruits. OR expand beyond the traditional growing season by learning season extension techniques.

Bowl of salad greens ready to eat at Prairie Road Organic Seed

Growing greens is a fantastic way to build your gardening skills and knowledge, setting the foundation for a thriving and bountiful garden. Start by a growing a little of your everyday food. Then expand to a lot-- and dream. Make it a part of everyday life through any season-- and you'll grow with your plants!
So, grab some gardening tools, get your hands dirty, and set out on a green-filled adventure that will nourish your body, mind, and soul. Happy gardening!

From our garden to yours!

Your gardening coach,