Veggies for Beginners

We’re here to tell the world that everyone’s thumb is already green! All it needs is a bit of practice, trial, and error. This is how we learn, friends. Just remember to savor your successes - even the most seasoned farmers have occasional crop failures. So grab some seeds, find a piece of land, and come grow with us! In the process of tending the Earth, you may find yourself being tended to as well.

Gardening is a delightful and rewarding journey that allows us to reconnect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the cycle of life. Whether you have a spacious backyard, a small balcony, or just a few pots on a windowsill, there is always room to nurture and witness the miracle of growth.

The list we've compiled consists of beginner-friendly vegetables that are sure to give you the confidence to cultivate your green thumb. All of these seeds can be sown directly into garden soil - for success, just make sure to keep the seeds consistently moist during germination.

Alive Vates Kale

Pictured: Alive Vates Kale (click for seeds)

Greens: Kale/Collards, Chard, Amaranth, Molokhia

Greens are a fantastic starting point for any aspiring gardener. They are relatively low-maintenance and offer a plethora of nutrients. Kale and collards are sturdy and can withstand cooler temperatures, making them ideal for early spring and late fall planting. Chard comes in vibrant colors and can add a beautiful touch to your garden. Amaranth and Molokhia are lesser-known greens with exceptional nutritional value and unique flavors worth exploring.


Pictured: Wild Perennial Arugula (click for seeds)

Mustard Greens (including Arugula, Mizuna, Ruby Streaks)

Mustard greens are a tangy and peppery addition to salads and stir-fries. Arugula, Mizuna, and Ruby Streaks are all types of mustard greens that provide a delightful taste and add diversity to your culinary creations. Remember that these plants will eventually “bolt,” which means they will start to produce flowers. But don't worry; you can still cook and enjoy their tender leaves even after flowering.

Pictured: Golden Rocky Bean (Click for seeds)

Beans & Peas

Beans and peas are garden favorites that are both easy to grow and nutritious. Whether you choose bush beans or climbing varieties, they will reward you with a bountiful harvest. Peas, especially snap peas, are delicious straight from the vine and add a delightful crunch to salads and dishes.

Pictured: Thelma Sanders Winter Squash (click for seeds)

Zucchini/Summer Squash

Zucchini and summer squash are prolific producers, making them a satisfying choice for beginners. They thrive in warm weather and require regular harvesting to prevent oversized fruits. With their versatility in the kitchen, you can use them in savory dishes, baked goods, and even spiralized as a healthy pasta alternative.

Pictured: Vietnamese Red Garlic (click for seeds)

Garlic, Chives, Garlic Chives, Evergreen Hardy Bunching Onions

Herbs add a delightful fragrance and taste to any garden. Garlic and chives are incredibly easy to grow and offer the added benefit of deterring pests with their strong scent. Garlic chives and evergreen hardy bunching onions are versatile additions that can be used to enhance various dishes.


Pictured: Red Okra (click for seeds)


Okra is a heat-loving plant that thrives in warm climates. Its unique texture makes it a wonderful addition to soups, stews, and pickles. With a little care, you can enjoy a bountiful supply of okra pods throughout the growing season.


Pictured: Detroit Dark Red Beets (click for seeds)


Beets are not only nutritious but also visually stunning with their vibrant colors. They grow well in cooler temperatures and are versatile in the kitchen. Use them in salads, roast them for a delicious side dish, or juice them for a nutrient-packed drink.

Pictured: Radish (click for seeds)


Radishes are one of the quickest vegetables to mature, making them a perfect choice for impatient gardeners. They add a spicy crunch to salads and can be pickled for a zesty treat.

🌱 When to Plant?

It is essential to plant seeds at the right time of year to ensure successful growth. If planted too early, seeds may struggle to germinate in cold soil. On the other hand, if started too late, plants may not produce edible parts before fall frosts arrive. Be sure to check our growing resource, "Vegetable Seed Planting Dates," on our website for the best planting times in your region.

Need More Help?

Our website offers a wealth of growing resources to support you on your gardening journey. From tips on soil preparation to pest management and harvesting techniques, we've got you covered. Explore our guides, articles, and videos to gain a deeper understanding of gardening and cultivate your green thumb with confidence.

Remember, gardening is not just about growing food; it's about nurturing a connection with nature, finding solace in the simple act of sowing a seed, and witnessing the wonders of life unfold before your eyes. So, embrace the joy of gardening, relish in the learning process, and let the Earth's bounty reward you with its treasures. Happy gardening!