Gardeners Grow Together Week 23, June, 2021: Easy Beginner Plants


Welcome to my special gardening page for those of you who like to garden yourselves! Each week, I will make suggestions as to what gardening tasks we need to do every week during the growing season. It will help keep you on track--as well as myself!


To keep things simple, I am using the year's weekly number, Week #1 through #52 (example: the week of January 1 is Week #1), instead of specific dates.


So, come on! Let's get our hands dirty!

Week 23:

Easy Plants for the Beginner Gardener

If you are new to gardening, there are lots of plants that you can start from seed or tubers, directly in the ground right now, and have great success! These plants grow quickly and easily in full sun. You will have food and flowers before you know it!


In the vegetable patch:

Cucumbers

Scallions

Summer Squash

Bush Beans


In the flower garden:

Cosmos

Zinnias

Dahlias



In the Vegetable Patch:


Cucumbers

Nothing is better on hot summer's day than biting into a cold, crisp cucumber. These easy growers require little attention from us, other than giving them plenty of water. They love the heat, but also need lots and lots of water.


They are available in both bush type, which are compact and can even be grown in containers; or vine types, which need to have some kind of trellis or tall teepee made out of large poles to climb up on. Which ever type you choose, be sure to mulch heavily with straw or wood chips to help conserve water and keep any fruit that may lay on the ground, clean.


Scallions


Nothing beats the fresh taste of Scallions, either chopped raw and used as a garnish, or grilled with olive oil. Scallions are nothing more than immature onions, grown from seed. Pick what ever variety of onion you like to eat! Sliced red scallions can be beautiful sprinkled on a green salad.


A lot of them can be grown in a very small space. They can be grown in rows or blocks; but for easy weeding, I recommend rows. Scallions can be planted fairly thickly, then just harvest the biggest ones as you need them, leaving the rest to grow on.



Summer Squash



For the biggest reward, for the least amount of effort, nothing is easier than Summer Squash! Just stick a seed in the ground, water it and stand back! Before you know it, you'll have enough squash to feed the whole neighborhood.


Summer Squash come in many different varieties, from green to yellow to striped; smooth, bumpy; long, round, crooked necked - even saucer shaped!