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11 Easy to Grow Direct Sow Vegetables

These easy to grow direct sow vegetables can all be grown from seed in your garden. Growing produce from seeds is a great way to practice frugal gardening, and if you make a garden plan you can cultivate the foods your family especially enjoys eating.

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.

Six radishes grown from seed, with leaves and roots on a cutting board.

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:

1. Beans

Pole beans and bush beans are easy to grow, and if you harvest them regularly they’ll keep producing.

2. Beets

Grow beets from seed in loose, moist soil.

3. Corn

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!

4. Cucumbers

Bush or vining varieties are both easy to grow. Give them plenty of water so they don’t get bitter.

5. Lettuce

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.

6. Carrots

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.

7. Onions

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.

8. Peas

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.

9. Radishes

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.

10. Spinach

Bright green spinach is especially easy to grow. Plant in full sun or part shade.

11. Squash

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:

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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Freshly grown radishes, corn, peas and squash.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. 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”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Those seeds recommendations for faster harvesting after planting are very helpful. Thanks for bringing this up together. Really great help.


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