Today’s Solutions: January 21, 2022

Looking to start a garden this year but new to cultivating your own food? Planting a garden can be daunting, but starting with easy crop choices can simplify the process and increase your chances of reaping a rewarding yield during your first season. Today we share five of the easiest plants for any beginner (or experienced) gardener. 

  1. Cucumber. These vines grow quickly with minimal care and you’ll most likely end up with more cucumbers than you know what to do with. Start your plant from a pre-grown starter and give it plenty of water and sunlight to add homegrown cucumbers to your salads and snack plates. 
  2. Zucchini. Much like cucumbers, these squash have almost invasive vines that will grow quickly with little tending. Put your starter in the ground with plenty of sunlight and you should have zucchinis in just a couple of months. 
  3. Radishes. These spicy treats will grow in pots or in the ground. Keep the soil moist and harvest as little as three weeks after planting. 
  4. Leafy greens. The shallow roots of greens mean they don’t need overly fertile soil. Sow your seeds and be ready to harvest your own greens in just a month. Watch out for slugs and snails and protect your garden by using coffee grounds as a natural deterrent and fertilizer. 
  5. Fresh herbs. We’ve talked about how herbs can be grown in even small indoor spaces. Grow your herbs based on sunlight needs. Most like direct light but parsley, chives, garlic, and marjoram will take a bit of shade. Check out this guide to get started. 

Ready to embark on your garden? Start with these easy choices to get started and when you’re ready to expand, amp up your cultivation with a garden journal. 

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

This solar panel covered building reflects Taiwan’s green energy transition

Most projects designed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV tend to leave a lasting impression on whoever lays their eyes on them. The company's upcoming project, Sun Rock, is no exception. Designed for Taiwan’s government-owned ... Read More

Why you shouldn’t peel all your vegetables

In her book, Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson reveals that she doesn’t own a vegetable peeler. As a result, “food prep is much faster, my compost output (peelings) is considerably reduced, and we benefit from ... Read More

This online sex shop serves people living with and beyond cancer

Being diagnosed with, receiving treatment for, and surviving cancer are all incredibly impactful experiences that affect all areas of a person’s life—including sex. Many people aren’t comfortable bringing up these two sensitive subjects in casual ... Read More

Zebrafish brains reveal new information about our memories

It seems like we're writing about fish a whole lot lately! Last week, we featured an article about goldfish learning to drive. This week, zebrafish, a species studied for their relatively long lifespans, are helping ... Read More

These sustainably powered homes can raise families out of poverty

Finding and sharing positive ways to tackle the world’s challenges is our favorite activity at The Optimist Daily, so it’s no surprise that we are especially excited about BillionBricks and Architecture Brio’s PowerHyde solar homes, ... Read More

5 reasons that secrets sour relationships & how to break the secret-keep...

According to a 2018 study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people on average keep around 13 secrets at a time, five of which have never been revealed to anyone. It’s worth mentioning ... Read More