Acorn squash is fun for kids to grow since it gets so large and has such big leaves on it! Using the square foot gardening method and growing vertically will help you to save space if space is an issue. Enjoy these acorn squashes a variety of different ways!
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Aloe Vera makes a beautiful addition to your indoor succulent or tropical garden! It can be planted outdoors if you live in zone 10 or above, otherwise Aloe Vera makes a great indoor plant for your windowsill.
Apple trees can be grown in even the smallest of backyards by keeping pruned down. Growing your own apples can be such a tasty reward and you will not regret it! There are many varieties of apples and they have different temperaments for your climate. The best zones to grow apple trees in are USDA Zones 4-8.
Apricot trees are a great, unique addition to your garden! They will do best when planted with another apricot tree to help pollinate each other. Apricot trees are hardier than its other relatives, but still thrive in a moderate climate that doesn’t get too hot or too cold (zones 4-10).
Artichokes are a perennial that does best in an environment with cool summer temperatures and mild winters, but can be grown in any environment. They not only provide artichokes, but also add beauty and color to your garden! They are commonly grown for ornamental purposes since their flowers add such beauty! Once they are established they will need very little care.
This fast-growing, cool-season salad green (aka “Rocket”) – often ready to harvest as early as 4 weeks after seeding – adds a tangy, peppery or mustard-like flavor to salads and mesclun mixes. Arugula can be incredibly spicy as the temperature warms up, but sweetens as it cools.
Asparagus plants are quite the investment of time taking up to 3 years for a harvest. If you are planning on growing asparagus, make sure to plan ahead and set aside a section of your garden just for this.
Banana peppers, also known as yellow wax peppers, look a lot like bananas. These mild peppers are really easy to grow and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant.
Basil is one of our favorite herbs to cook with in the kitchen. It flourishes in warm weather and is one of the best things to plant alongside your tomatoes. Many people mix various types of basil in their gardens. It is also great for container gardening. Some of our favorite varieties are sweet, thai, lemon, cinnamon, and lettuce leaf.
You can grow beans as snap beans, shell beans or dry beans. They are extremely easy to grow and will always be a staple on our garden. We plant new rounds of them every 3 weeks from spring until the end of summer. How to Grow: Bush beans can be…
Pole beans yield 2-3 times more than bush beans from the same space, are easier to harvest, and many gardeners believe they are better tasting. Both types have similar requirements, except pole beans need a 5 to 8-foot-tall support.
Bee balm is in the same family as mint and is grown very similarly. It is not only easy to care for, but it grows and spreads by itself, coming back year after year. For this reason, it is best to keep them in their own containers so they do not take over other plants in the garden. Bee balm is known for its amazing scent and beautiful flowers! They are great at attracting beneficial critters to your garden including hummingbirds and butterflies!
We love to grow beets because they’re full of vitamins, and the entire plant can be eaten. The greens from beets are great in salad mixes, and the roots are a sweet, earthy addition to a vegetable juice.
Bell peppers produce a variety of different colors and look beautiful out in your garden! These sweet peppers grow really well in the summer and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant. It’s easy to grow your own bell peppers with our free mobile app! Learn more in the details below.
Blackberry bushes are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Some blackberry bushes grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Blackberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes 2 years for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.
Blueberry bushes are a great addition to your garden! These bushes are easy to grow and care for and thrive in acidic soil. You may need to add an acidifier to the soil to help these bushes thrive in your garden. They will not produce fruit until it is a couple years old, but patience is a virtue! Enjoy these tasty berries!
Bok Choy (also sometimes called Chinese Cabbage) is a cool weather vegetable that can be grown to harvest in spring and fall. It does not grow into a head and has beautiful large, dark green leaves.
Broccoli is one of our favorite plants to grow in the spring and fall. Not only are the heads delicious, but the leaves add a wonderful dimension to stir fries and provide a lot of valuable nutrients. We like to plant broccoli densely directly by seed in the spring and fall then we thin them down as they grow until only the largest is left.
Brussel sprouts are a cool season, slow-growing crop. In warmer areas it is important to start these indoors so that they get a head start before it gets too warm.
Butternut squash is fun for kids to grow since it gets so large and has such big leaves on it! Using the square foot gardening method and growing vertically will help you to save space if space is an issue. Enjoy these butternut squashes a variety of different ways!
Cabbage takes up a lot of space in the garden, but it’s very easy to grow and stores longer than most vegetables. Cabbage worms, as their name implies, love cabbage as much as we do; however, they’re easy to manage!
This sweet, juicy fruit is always a popular choice in our garden. Cantaloupes can be difficult to grow and are time-consuming but can be extremely rewarding at the end!
Carrots are tough to germinate, but are easy to take care of once they do. We love to grow all different colors and varieties, and the kids have a blast pulling them up!
These cat-attracting plants are not only fun for your cats, but also can have many benefits. They can be used to make herbal tea or to simply flower in your garden to attract bees. Catnip is also a great plant to have around to use as companion plants to help deter bugs away from your vegetables.
Cauliflower isn’t something that we normally grow because it can be challenging, especially with our crazy Oklahoma weather conditions. If you’re up to the challenge, however, there’s nothing like home-grown cauliflower! Cabbage worms also love cauliflower, but they’re easy to manage.
Celery is known to be one of the most difficult vegetables to grow in your garden. It takes a long time, but the reward will be quite tasty!
Chamomile is not only a beautiful addition to your garden with its ‘daisy-like’ white and yellow flowers, but is great for its usefulness as a companion plant. Chamomile helps to repel pests from neighboring plants because of its strong smell. This blog post talks about how you can plant and grow your own chamomile with our free mobile app!
Cherry trees not only give you the tasty treat of fresh cherries, but also give you a gorgeous addition to your garden! They produce beautiful white or pink blossoms in the spring time.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great addition to your food garden! Even though they are not technically peas or beans, they are very similar.
Chives are are one of the easiest plants to grow, and we enjoy them so much! Not only do chives taste wonderful as an addition to many meals, but they also add a unique look to your backyard and container garden and can help with pest prevention.
Cilantro is one of our most commonly used herbs in the kitchen. If you let it go to seed, you can get a second herb from the same plant: coriander! Both versions of this plant will give your dish a tasty kick!
Collard greens are one of the rare leafy greens that can tolerate both hot and cold temperatures. Long after our kale, spinach, and lettuce have bolted to seed, the collard greens will still be going strong! They are also more pest-resistant than the other members of the brassicaceae family.
Although corn isn’t the most practical thing for us to grow, it’s still one of our favorites because it’s such a fun thing to have in the backyard. Plus you can’t match the taste of freshly grown corn! It is important to have at least a few rows of corn so that they can pollinate each other.
Whether you plan to use them for pickling or slicing, cucumbers are a great plant to start out your garden with. If you wait for the weather to warm up and give them good soil, full sun, and sufficient moisture, they’ll flourish! Pay attention for the cucumber beetle though, a yellow and black insect that looks like a ladybug.
Culantro (Puerto Rican Cilantro): How to Grow and When to Plant this Hot Weather Cilantro Alternative in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!
Culantro is a herb typically grown in tropical areas as a replacement for cilantro. Cilantro is one of our favorite herbs to use in cooking, but our growing season here in Oklahoma makes it difficult to grow because of how hot it gets. Culantro is a great alternative to cilantro that flourishes in heat and can handle as much sun as you give it. It has a bit more of a kick than traditional cilantro, but we are usually using it in Mexican dishes so we enjoy this extra kick! Culantro does not typically transplant well so it is best to do them from seed.
Currants are small, extremely healthy berries that grow on a bush. They are extremely beautiful and sometimes grown simply as an ornamental because they are so pretty and simple to grow!
Dill is a great addition to any garden and is very simple to grow! It not only adds beautiful, feathery green into your garden, but also attracts a variety of beneficial insects that make this plant the ideal companion plant.
Eggplant is certainly one of the best looking vegetables we’ve grown. It really likes the heat and doesn’t tolerate cold well, so it’s better to transplant after all threat of frost has passed than starting from seed.
Elderberries grow on large shrubs. They produce beautiful white flowers in the spring followed by the dark berries in the summer. This large shrub is a terrific attractant to beneficial insects and hummingbirds as well!
Fennel not only adds many different unique flavors into your dishes, but is a great pollinator attractant!
These easy to grow trees are a great addition to your warmer climate garden (typically zones 8+, but some varieties can survive zones 6+). If you live in a cooler climate, fig trees also maintain well in containers for an indoor/outdoor tree! This blog post talks about how you can grow your own figs with our free From Seed to Spoon Mobile App.
Garlic is one of our favorite things to grow and eat. We add it to almost every meal for both its flavor and its nutrients. Typically, it’s planted in the fall, will go dormant through the winter, and then will come back in the spring to be harvested in the summer! However, you can also plant it early in the spring if you missed planting in the fall. You may not end up with bulbs as large as fall-planted, but you’ll still get garlic!
Ginger is a unique and beautiful addition to your garden! This is a great plant to grow in a container in most areas as you will most likely have to bring it in for the winter if you live in zones 8 or below. You can plant in the ground if you are in zones 9 or above.