These easy to grow direct sow vegetables can all be grown from seed in your garden.
You can save time and money by simply planting the seeds when the time is right for your garden’s plant hardiness zone. Soon you’ll be harvesting delicious veggies and enjoying the satisfaction of growing them yourself.
All of these vegetable seeds can be sown directly in the dirt, where they’ll happy germinate and provide you with a nice harvest.
While you’re waiting for planting time, you can prepare your garden bed and amend or build the soil if needed.
Plant the seeds on a calm day at the depth and distance specified by the grower, and top gently with a layer of fine soil. Water according to the recommendations for each type of plant, and with some sunshine and good weather luck you’ll be enjoying wholesome, nourishing fresh veggies!
Here’s a list of easy-to-grow vegetables (most of which prefer full sun) that you can plant from seed now:
Pole beans and bush beans are easy to grow, and if you harvest them regularly they’ll keep producing.
Grow beets from seed in loose, moist soil.
Corn is easy to grow if you have a large garden plot. Those cornstalks need lots of space to be knee high by the fourth of July!
Bush or vining varieties are both easy to grow. Give them plenty of water so they don’t get bitter.
Lettuce prefers cooler temps, so you can usually plant early in the growing season. If you sow some seeds every week or two, you’ll have a constant supply of fresh lettuce.
Carrot seeds can be sown early, about 2 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Make sure your soil is nice and loose so those long roots can grow straight down, and give the young plants plenty of water.
Growing onions from seed is less expensive than buying onion sets. Be sure to buy onion seeds suited for your climate and amount of sun. Onions store well, making them and especially economical crop.
Peas prefer cooler temps, so you can generally plant the seeds as soon as you can work the soil in the spring. If it’s already hot in your area, try planting peas in the fall.
Radish seeds can be planted early, about a month before your region’s last frost. Radishes like to be grown in moister soil, so plan to water regularly.
Bright green spinach is especially easy to grow. Plant in full sun or part shade.
Zucchini is an easy, prolific plant for beginners to grow, especially if you have lots of friends who like zucchini!
Where to Buy Vegetable Garden Seeds
Need a great source for your seeds? These are some of our favorite companies, and they all offer non-hybrid, heirloom varieties:
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Fedco Seeds
- Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Seeds of Change
- The Tasteful Garden
- Territorial Seed Company
For more inspiration, you might enjoy these vegetable gardening quotes.
Happy planting, and we’d love to hear what you’ve got growing in your gardens this year. Drop a comment below!
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About Eliza Cross
Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.
5 thoughts on “11 Easy to Grow Direct Sow Vegetables”
Two of these company are in Maine that I do business with..
Unfortunately, I don’t have that large a space for corn. My kids and husband love eating corn and I’d have to run to the supermarket.
Hi Eliza. Thanks for your precious information. I have a piece of abandoned land behind my house. I was planning to cultivate some easy to grow vegetables there. Now I got idea from your post. Thanks.
We have spinach in our backyard and it;s almost time to harvest! Yay!
Those seeds recommendations for faster harvesting after planting are very helpful. Thanks for bringing this up together. Really great help.