The biggest cause of people who start vegetable gardening and only keep it up for a few weeks or months is the unfortunate choice of vegetables. This results in a vegetable garden that requires too much maintenance. For non-seasoned gardeners, this does not always fit into the schedule, which means that maintenance is postponed, so that the plants do not receive the necessary care. The vegetables are therefore less inclined to their owners so that the fruit yield is poor or the plant breaks down completely. The disappointment grows among the vegetable gardener, which makes him even less inclined to continue: Vegetable gardening with a snowball effect …
The next year, at best, a new lawn grows in that place, but sometimes this remains a delineated wild zone …
The solution to this frustration is better to plant choice.
Below are some vegetables that are ideal for vegetable garden beginners. This will (hopefully) give the novice gardener a taste and be able to venture into other varieties the following year.
Pumpkins for beginners
Pumpkins require little maintenance and will bear fruit easily. The problem with pumpkin plants is space. Keep in mind that 1 plant easily needs 4 – 6 m². The plant has the largest growth around the end of July. Until then, a pumpkin plant remains quite small, so there is still room to grow other crops.
So keep in mind that those vegetables must be removed before the pumpkin plant needs more space. The advantage of small and temporary crops around a pumpkin plant is that less space is left for weeds, and therefore less work. A crop that is ideal for this is lettuce. In dry periods, the lettuce should receive enough water, but otherwise, this is an excellent neighbor for a pumpkin plant.
If the surface of the vegetable garden is too small, no problem because a pumpkin plant likes to crawl over your lawn. Moreover, you can easily guide the growth direction yourself.
After harvest, however, the lawn will show bare spots where the pumpkins were or where the large leaves took all the light from the lawn.
Courgettes for beginners
A zucchini plant is smaller than a pumpkin plant (space required is 1 to 1.5 m²). This plant is also ideal for people without green fingers.
The plant crawls over the ground without producing extra roots, so you can let the plant grow equally well over a weed cloth. But since the large leaves take off a lot of light, the weeds in those places have few options anyway. However, as long as the plant is too small, it is necessary to hoe.
1 plant can yield a lot of zucchini. When you harvest the fruits early, the plant has more energy left to produce new fruits. Moreover, you have more flavor and smaller seeds. If you let the zucchini hang on the plant and get bigger, this will also produce less flavor.
Beans for beginners
Beans are also vegetables that are a good choice for a beginner. They require relatively little maintenance because they do not need to be tied up or pruned. They themselves crawl up along everything they can pass. An old piece of chicken wire will eagerly be used to grow along. Just make sure that it stays firm because when the beans are large, this weight must be fully supported by the climbing frame, which will also catch a lot of wind.
How much you harvest depends mainly on 2 factors. The first is the type of beans you have sown, but the second is how much you will harvest yourself. The more you harvest, the more beans the plant will produce. 2 harvests per week are recommended for this.
In addition, these plants provide additional nitrogen in the soil, which will benefit the next crop in that location.
There are of course many other types that also require little maintenance. As a starting gardener, limit yourself in the number of varieties. This way you will be less likely to be faced with surprises. You can always visit our site if you have any questions about the cultivation methods of most vegetables.