I have never considered myself to be an “into gardening” type person. I do consider myself to be a “foodie” for lack of a better word. I enjoy eating out, everything from fine dining to the literal “hole in the wall” to a vending machine in Japan. I also enjoy cooking at home. At some point you realize that the best quality produce, at the best prices, and obtained in the most convenient manner, are those things you can grow yourself.
Even If You Don’t Like Gardening, You Can Grow These Things
- Basil (several varieties)
- Green Beans
Why These Are Easy
All of the herbs listed above are pretty low maintenance. They also grow in pretty moderate temperatures and do not require particularly extreme weather, like hot peppers which prefer nice dry heat, or cilantro, which can’t take the cooler temperatures like those in the Northeast in summer. These herbs also give you a decent selection that can work in several cuisine types. The vegetables are also fairly low maintenance. The biggest thing you need to do is make sure they get water regularly.
Some great places to buy seeds, tools and supplies:
Johnny’s Selected Seeds: Based in Maine, carries a wide selection of vegetable, fruit , herb and flower seeds. Also carries a good amount of supplies and has great instructional videos and advice. Also values organics and has numerous organic seeds and fertilizers.
Fedco Seeds: Another Maine-based company (Maine really has a great appreciation for high quality farming and organic food.) Also has a great selection of seeds, organic and conventional. They also specialize in trees as well. If you live in Maine (or anywhere in the northern New England really), they have a fantastic annual tree sale where you can get all manner of young trees or root stocks. They also have a fun catalog with interesting hand-drawn llustrations and stories.
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply: This one is in California (my home state & other fave). They focus on organic as well. They sell seeds but I have found them to stand out in the supply and tool area. Good wide selection and variety for many purposes.
So get out there and try your hand at growing some of your food this year. It is a very satisfying experience to harvest your own veggies for dinner or to run out in your yard and pick some herbs for your meal. You definitely do not need to be a horticulturalist to do this. What have you tried to grow? How did it turn out?