Vegetables for beginners: These five types always succeed

Vegetables for beginners
Vegetables for beginners: Radish, Chard, Pea, Tomatoe, Lettuce

These five vegetable varieties are perfect for beginners and promise a rich and, above all, quick harvest. Even without a green thumb.

Planting, watering and harvesting for beginners: even absolute garden greenhorns do not have to do without fresh vitamins from their own snack garden. Growing these vegetables succeeds right away, without prior knowledge and promises quick result, even in the tub.

These 5 vegetables can also be grown by beginners

  • Salad
  • Tomato
  • Pea
  • Radish
  • Chard


Whether head lettuce or leaf lettuce, a quick success is guaranteed. Leaf lettuce can be harvested continuously and cut with scissors. With head lettuce there is a trick so that not all the plants ripen at once and then you do not even know where to go with the harvest because of all the lettuce: Plant young plants and at the same time sow another row of lettuce and then every two weeks another. This way you can always harvest some lettuce for weeks. Lettuce doesn’t like bright midday sun, which is why it grows best next to rows of tomatoes.

Plant lettuce flat, otherwise it will grow poorly and quickly catch fungal diseases. The root ball should still slightly protrude above the soil surface in the bed.


Tomatoes grow all by themselves. They only need a rainproof place in a greenhouse or tomato house, and also feel great in large planters that you place under a canopy or even on the balcony. If standing in the rain, tomatoes very quickly catch leaf blight, which completely ruins entire tomato plants within a few days. Therefore, when watering, also be careful not to wet the leaves and, as a precaution, cut off all the leaves near the ground, which will otherwise be hit by the spray. The soil should always be evenly moist, otherwise the fruits will burst. When the first small fruits appear, provide the plants with a special tomato fertilizer. With the fruit hanging also increases their hunger.


Peas are sown by mid-April, and to the right and left of a trellis, or planted out as young plants directly next to it by mid-May. As an inexpensive but effective climbing aid, you can also stick long, branched sticks into the ground directly next to the young peas. Peas do not tolerate heat, from temperatures of 25 °C / 77 °F upwards they no longer bloom, which is why early sowing in April also promise the best success. Peas love well-drained, nutritious soil, which you can best improve with a good portion of compost, heavy clay soils additionally with some sand.


Its stems are eaten like asparagus, the leaves like spinach: depending on the variety, chard has pure white, rich red or bright yellow stems and thus even rivals the colorfulness of purely ornamental plants. As a beginner, you can’t go far wrong with chard, as it takes both cold and heat well. Seed directly into nutritious soil in March or April, and provide vegetable beds with a good portion of compost. After six to eight weeks, it’s harvest time. Never harvest the whole plant at once, but always cut off the outer leaves. Then you can harvest regularly.


Delicious, uncomplicated and ideal for the impatient: radishes are often ready for harvesting just six weeks after sowing. The easiest way is to sow in rows directly into the bed. Not too densely, otherwise the plants will crowd closely together and get in each other’s way. The soil should always be evenly moist, with frequent alternation of soil moisture and dryness radishes burst.

There are plants that take quite some time to germinate, such as parsley, very slowly, often only after four weeks. It’s easy to forget where the seed rows are in the bed. Therefore, seed fast-germinating radishes at the same time to mark the seed rows. By the time the parsley is ready, the radishes are often already harvested.

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