Easy Vegetable Gardening

Grow vegetables that have more than one edible part for easy vegetable gardening.

Creating, planting and maintaining a vegetable garden can take a lot of time and energy. It takes commitment to keeping the soil healthy, the plants happy, everything watered properly.  It takes work.  

Save time, energy and space by growing vegetables that have parts that can be eaten at different times during their growth. Some vegetables are grown for their roots, some for their leaves and others for their seeds. Why not grow ones that will give you a couple of options?

Vegetables with more than one edible part makes for easy vegetable gardening:

The veggies to grow:

  • Beets - eat both the baby leaves and roots
  • Kohlrabi - eat both the leaves and roots
  • Onion - eat the greens in your spring salads and the bulbs in the fall.
  • Pumpkin - the flesh as well as the seeds are both edible.
  • Rutabaga - eat both the baby leaves and roots
  • Turnip - eat both the baby leaves and roots

For more information on specific vegetables please go to my vegetable list. Here you will find easy and useful information for planting, growing and harvesting your favourites.

Growing edible perennials can create easy harvests as well.  It takes work and planning the first year or two but after that you can reap the benefits with very little work.  One perennial vegetable I recommend if you have some space is asparagus.

Buy one year old plants from you local nursery.  Take the time to dig a twelve inch deep and foot wide trench.  Put in four to five inches of  compost and well rotted manure then set in the roots so they are about six inches below ground level.  Cover the crown of the asparagus and as they grow fill in the trench.   Set the asparagus plants two feet apart and the rows four feet apart.  They do take up some space but so worth it as you can be eating asparagus for the next 15 or more years from this plants.

The secret to great asparagus is to fertilize it regularly.  Fertilize the plants  in the spring and again once you stop harvesting.  If you live in a colder climate make sure they are protected with a good mulch of aged manure once the ground freezes.

Fruits and berries can also add so much to your garden.  Plant rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries an blueberries.  Once planted they will start producing in two years and for many years after.  

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