Nine easy vegies to grow

From freshly snipped salad leaves to firm potatoes lifted out of your own soil, there’s nothing like the taste of homegrown veg. Here’s how to grow some of the easiest.

Bunnings magazine, summer 2020

Plant up some easy-grow vegies

Even if you aren’t a novice gardener, it’s nice to know that your efforts in coaxing your garden to produce edible goodies aren’t in vain. For a successful harvest, make sure you include these 9 easy-grow vegies when you’re preparing your patch for spring.

1. Tomatoes

A family fave, with lots of varieties to choose from. For small spaces look for compact varieties like “Patio” and “Sweet 100”.

Read more: How to grow tomatoes 

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2. Leafy greens

A staple in most vegie gardens, leafy greens like loose-leaf lettuce, spinach, bok choy and tatsoi are quick to grow and can be harvested from 6 to 8 weeks.

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3. Beetroot

A fun and easy vegie to grow – and both leaves and roots are edible. Harvest young leaves (leaving at least 5–6 on the plant) and add to salads and sandwiches.

Read more: How to grow beetroot  

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4. Radish

One of the fastest growing vegies, you’ll be adding them to your salads in as little as 5–8 weeks. Happy in pots and garden beds alike.

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5. Cucumbers

The ultimate summer snack, especially when picked straight off the vine. Look for Lebanese, “Richmond Green Apple” or “Burpless”. For small areas, try “Patio” or “Spacemaster”.

Read more: How to grow and care for cucumbers

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6. Silverbeet

Plant in full sun in the garden or in a large pot, and feed with nitrogen-rich fertiliser to boost leafy growth. For a traditional silverbeet variety, go for “Fordhook Giant”, but for something with more colour, try rainbow chard.

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7. Beans

Available in bush or climbing varieties, plant in a sunny spot in well-drained soil enriched with blood and bone. A much-loved vegie for its taste and easy-growing nature.

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8. Courgette

This vegetable, also known as zucchini, likes a sunny position, with shelter from the wind. Enrich the soil with organic matter and handfuls of garden lime. It’s ideal for pots or garden beds, as long as there is a trellis to keep the leaves and fruit off the ground.

Read more: Growing and harvesting zucchini 

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9. Spring onion:

Can be grown in pots, troughs or garden beds, provided they are planted in full or partial sun and in well-draining soil. Harvest the green tops at any time, leaving the bulb intact, which will continue to grow.

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Try starting your vegies from seed!

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to plant seeds.


Photo credit: Getty Images, Alamy Stock Photo (tomatoes)

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