With the weather in Utah being pretty changeable, growing vegetables at home can be a little challenging if you’re just finding your green fingers. But with our state having varied seasonal weather throughout the year, growing your own vegetables can be pretty lucrative. You just have to know what will grow best in your garden.
You don’t need to have a large backyard or bring in the homebuilders to get started with your fruit and vegetable harvesting. Small spaces will work just fine. And there are even some fruits and vegetables that you can grow inside if you lack outdoor space. So growing your own vegetables really is for everyone, regardless of where you live.
Zucchini can be a fantastic food to grow. Not only is it pretty easy to grow, especially for beginners, but it’s tasty too. Plus, you might find it’s a bountiful crop, producing enough for your all your soups and salads, and still leaving you with some to hand out to your family and neighbors. What’s more, you can even eat the bright yellow flowers!
Lettuce is a relatively easy vegetable to grow. It doesn’t require much gardening experience to be able to produce a good harvest, plus it also doesn’t take much time from planting to harvesting, which can be great if you’re a little impatient.
Even if you don’t have a dedicated garden outside, lettuce can grow well in pots, so you can grow it easily on a patio or deck, or even on your window sill. If you have no outdoor space at all, lettuce is also a great vegetable for growing indoors.
Romaine is a good lettuce for growing in Utah, as are the loose leaf varieties. Loose leaf lettuces are also ideal for growing indoors and can add a fresh touch to your home decorations.
Cucumbers can grow well in Utah, providing they are planted in a well lit area where there is lots of sunshine. It’s also a good thing to note that cucumbers will require well drained soil and will need to be watered frequently – cucumbers are made up of mostly water when you think about it.
You can also choose the sweetness and size of your cucumbers and pick them whenever they’re at the size you prefer. Not only are cucumbers great for salads and sandwiches, you can also pickle them to create another sandwich staple and salad accompaniment.
A family favorite, tomatoes can be grown pretty easily, even if you don’t really know what you’re doing. If you have an area with plenty of sunshine then this can be a great spot for growing tomatoes.
Tomatoes will often do better in pots but it can be a good idea to make sure there are holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, especially if your pots will be outside. Tomatoes like warm conditions, and the sun is what makes them turn red, so keeping them in a sheltered and sunny area of your garden can be best.
It’s also possible to add a tomato plant to your home decor. Just keep it near a window and away from droughts.