Easiest Plants to grow in your Vegetable Garden

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Australian Natural Pyrethrins

I really enjoy gardening.  I usually potter in the garden just after the sun rises or late afternoon when the sun is at its kindest.  Mr 14 and I like to spend time in the garden together. It’s been our thing we do together, ever since he was a toddler.  Over the school holidays, we created a new vegetable garden planting some herbs and vegetables.  Gardening is a healthy and fun activity as well as an excellent opportunity to have some one on one time with him.

Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (over the years I have been well-known for killing plants, but I’m getting better) you can too. I have had fun creating mine; I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!!

Benefits of getting the kids to help in the garden

  • Learning new skills
  • Creativity
  • Emphasises the importance of nurturing
  • Responsibility for caring for plants (plants die when neglected)
  • Understanding cause and effect
  • Developing confidence
  • A sense of achievement
  • Promoting a love of nature
  • And it’s fun!

EASIEST PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR HERB AND VEGETABLE GARDEN - Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (I’m well-known for killing plants) you can too. I have had fun creating mine, it is something my son, and I do together, it's great bonding time. I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!! I've put together my top tips on the easiest plants to grow and how to care for them.

What can the kids help with?

Younger children will require supervision in the garden, while the older kids can independently spend time alone out there, but I do enjoy it being a fun family experience. Here are just some of the things they can get involved in:

  • Digging
  • Planting
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Deadheading flowers
  • Picking flowers, fruit and vegetables
  • Preparing the food to eat

Safety in the Garden

For adults and children alike it’s essential to be safe in the garden.

  • Wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Wear closed in shoes
  • Use correct size tools
  • Limit the use of synthetic chemicals
  • Do not leave buckets of water unattended around young children.

USE pest control products CONTAINING a NATURAL ACTIVE ingredient

As much as we enjoy our fresh fruit and veg; aphids, caterpillars, whitefly, thrips and other insect do too! For controlling these problem bugs it is worth knowing that not all pesticide products are the same. If you’re interested in a more natural alternative for keeping bugs at bay then keep reading!

Australian Natural Pyrethrins are extracted from pyrethrum daisies. This bug-stopping flower is nature’s defence against insects. Unlike some chemical insecticides, it has low toxicity for us and our families and it’s grown right here in Australia. I find that products that contain PYRETHRINS as an active ingredient (active ingredients are what makes pesticide products work – this is what kills the bugs) work fast to eliminate problem insects that can otherwise wreak havoc in my veggie patch.

EASIEST PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR HERB AND VEGETABLE GARDEN - Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (I’m well-known for killing plants) you can too. I have had fun creating mine, it is something my son, and I do together, it's great bonding time. I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!! I've put together my top tips on the easiest plants to grow and how to care for them.

ABOVE: The Australian grown bug-stopping daisy

The reason why this special insecticide active ingredient is perfect for sensitive environments in your house and garden is because it doesn’t leave lasting pesticide residues – pyrethrins break down in sunlight!

For me, Australian Natural Pyrethrins® is a natural choice for protecting my family from pesky bugs. You may already be using this product without knowing it. It has a long history of use in insect control products worldwide, including Multicrop garden products and Raid Earth Options insect sprays. It can also be found in products for use on your family for tackling headlice and on pets for combatting fleas and ticks.

Australian Natural Pyrethrins® is a natural choice for protecting my family from pesky bugs. You may already be using this product without knowing it. It has a long history of use in insect control products worldwide, including Multicrop garden products and Raid Earth Options insect sprays. It can also be found in products for use on your family for tackling headlice and on pets for combatting fleas and ticks.

ABOVE: Multicrop has several garden bug control products containing Australian Natural Pyrethrins®

Australian Natural Pyrethrins® is a natural choice for protecting my family from pesky bugs. You may already be using this product without knowing it. It has a long history of use in insect control products worldwide, including Multicrop garden products and Raid Earth Options insect sprays. It can also be found in products for use on your family for tackling headlice and on pets for combatting fleas and ticks.Where to find products containing Australian Natural Pyrethrins®: Simply look for the ‘daisy mark’ on product packaging, or check for PYRETHRINS in the list of ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS on the product label.

Here is a list of trusted pest control products containing Australian Natural Pyrethrins®. These can be found at your local grocery store or garden centre.For fast and effective control of problem insects in the home, look for Raid Earth Options products containing Australian Natural Pyrethrins®

ABOVE: For fast and effective control of problem insects in the home, look for Raid Earth Options products containing Australian Natural Pyrethrins®

For more details visit the Australian Natural Pyrethrins’ website and facebook page.

Designing the Vegetable Garden

Look at your garden, determine how much room you have for the fruit and vegetables you would like to plant.  You can line your vegetables up nicely, or as I have done, just fill your space up sporadically. The only important factors are:

  • Clear the weeds before planting
  • Good drainage
  • Plenty of sunlight
  • Ample supply of water
  • Place taller plants at the back
  • Mix some organic matter through your soil before planting your fruit and vegetables.
  • Pay attention to spacing guidelines. This is to ensure your crops don’t overshadow each other, which will result in plants failing to mature.

This is our vegetable patch that we started just before Christmas. We don’t have a huge backyard so I removed a few plants from our side garden to create a space for some vegetables and herbs.

EASIEST PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR HERB AND VEGETABLE GARDEN - Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (I’m well-known for killing plants) you can too. I have had fun creating mine, it is something my son, and I do together, it's great bonding time. I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!! I've put together my top tips on the easiest plants to grow and how to care for them.

I have planted, mint, basil, oregano, dill, thyme, parsley, strawberries, rocket, spinach, zucchini, capsicum and tomato. Plus I have a dwarf lemon tree (looking a bit sickly after it has been damaged by winds) and dwarf mulberry bush. 

Great plants for beginners in the Vegetable Garden

Choose the right plants for your location is important. If you’re starting out, you’ll want easy to grow plants, which kids will love to smell, touch and eat. Like the ones listed below:

  • Strawberries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Lettuce
  • Basil
  • Capsicum

We have found strawberries to be the favourite of all the plants in our vegetable gardens over the years.  It’s like a treasure hunt and celebration when they find a juicy red strawberry, rarely strawberries make it into our house, they are usually eaten before then!

EASIEST PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR HERB AND VEGETABLE GARDEN - Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (I’m well-known for killing plants) you can too. I have had fun creating mine, it is something my son, and I do together, it's great bonding time. I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!! I've put together my top tips on the easiest plants to grow and how to care for them.

I like to have a couple plants of mint and basil in my garden, as I use basil regularly in dinners and mint in punch and water. Like most herbs, basil, parsley and mint can be grown and picked all year round. Growing my own herbs saves on buying them at the grocery store.

Tools you may need

You will need a few specific tools to help you in your vegetable garden:

  • Gloves – to protect your hands
  • Hand fork – to loosen the soil
  • Hand spade – to dig the holes for your plants, I find the smaller spade enough
  • Organic Soil – specifically for fruit and vegetables
  • Sugar Cane Mulch – a blanket of protection for your fruit and veg
  • Rake – to spread the soil and mulch
  • Labels – so you know what each herb is
  • Scissors – I like to have a pair of scissors specifically for my veggie patch to take cutting of herbs.

EASIEST PLANTS TO GROW IN YOUR HERB AND VEGETABLE GARDEN - Starting a vegetable garden isn’t difficult, if I can do it (I’m well-known for killing plants) you can too. I have had fun creating mine, it is something my son, and I do together, it's great bonding time. I encourage you to give it a go, even if it’s just one pot with a single herb!! I've put together my top tips on the easiest plants to grow and how to care for them.

Labels are important, a few years ago my hubby thought one of my basil bushes was a weed and removed it, I was devastated but appreciate that he was weeding the garden.

Maintenance

  • Water the garden at least every second day, daily through the very hot days
  • Remove any weeds as you don’t want them sucking any nutrients that is for your fruit and vegetables
  • Continue adding mulch to help retain moisture
  • Pick ripened crops frequently to encourage more production
  • Water the soil, not the foliage to prevent leaf fungal diseases
  • rotating what you have grown in your vegetable patch will break the breeding cycle of pests and soil diseases.

From planting, weeding, to eating this is a fun activity you can do with your kids!

What fruit, vegetables or herbs do you find easiest to grow?

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3 comments

Maggie February 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

I have always wanted a vegetable patch, I envy those that have them. I might just give it a go, thanks for the breakdown.

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Kate February 21, 2017 - 6:56 PM

I love growing anything with my girls. You’ve just inspired me to give some veggies a go. Those daisies are impressive plants too!

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Margaret Allard February 22, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Do you know if the Australian Natural Pyrethrin Spray you use is damaging to bees? My veggie garden hasn’t survived the summer. The heat has killed everything except the basil even with regular watering.

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