Learn about these delicious herbs and vegetables
Basil was originally native to India and is used in cooking around the world, from Vietnam to Italy! It likes hot weather and lots of sunshine. Once you’ve grown your basil plant, it’s very easy to propagate, which means taking little cuttings and using them to grow even more basil plants.
Beets are bright pink or purple and can turn your fingers a funny color! They’re packed with vitamins and minerals. Beets grow in the ground and like to have lots of room. Once they’ve grown to the size of a tennis ball, they’re ready to be picked. They taste sweet, so you can eat them for dinner or even use them in a dessert!
This vegetable is in the same family as cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. The part of broccoli you eat is actually the baby flowers that haven’t opened yet. Make sure you pick your broccoli before the flower heads open, otherwise it will taste bitter.
Cucumbers grow on vines and are actually a fruit instead of a vegetable! You can plant the seeds in the ground, in a pot, or in a grow bag. They only need a little water and they love sunshine. Cucumbers are great to eat in salads or chopped into sticks for a healthy snack.
Carrots are root vegetables which means they live in the soil, but you can tell they’re growing because you can see their tall, green leaves. They like lots of space to grow, but if you don't have a vegetable patch, then a roomy bucket or container is fine. Because they only need watering every now and then, they are very easy to care for.
They are called cherry tomatoes because they can grow to be as big as cherries. The cherry tomato is a tropical plant, which means it likes warm and wet weather. They are easy to grow as long as they get lots of water, warmth and some extra support when the plant gets tall and wobbly. When the tomatoes turn a bright red color, they are ready to be picked!
Parsley is an herb that people like to add to their food for flavor. It’s great for growing at home because it doesn’t need much apart from water and a little sunlight. When it’s big enough, just pick as much as you need, and the rest can keep on growing. Take good care of your plant and it could live for up to two years.
Turnips are root vegetables and grow in the ground – just like carrots. They’re popular because they grow really well in cooler climates. In fact, they can taste sweeter if they’re harvested just after a frost. Some people eat them raw, but most people like to boil, roast or mash their turnips.
The eggplant is actually a type of berry, but we eat it like a vegetable because of the way it tastes. It’s part of the nightshade family, which sounds spooky, but it’s not at all – in fact, the plant likes to grow in sunny, sheltered places. When the eggplant is a shiny dark purple color, it’s ready to be picked!
They grow on a vine like tomatoes and can be red, yellow, orange or green. They like to grow in warm weather, which helps them get a nice, sweet flavor. Lots of people like to eat bell peppers chopped up in salads, cooked in a stir-fry or stuffed and baked in the oven.
These are used to make pickles! They are very similar to regular cucumbers, just smaller! They grow on a vine, and when the plant gets tall, it needs a stick or a trellis to help it stand up. Once the plant is big enough, it grows flowers, and after a while they turn into gherkins. The plant will grow a lot of gherkins over several weeks, so make sure you have lots of jars ready!
Radishes are small, red and spicy. That’s because they’re part of the mustard family! Radishes are a great plant for young gardeners because they grow very quickly and are happy to live in a container or window box. Most people just eat the roots, but you can also eat the leaves too.
Scallions are actually just regular onions that are picked when they are very small. They don’t taste as strong and they don’t make your eyes water either! With the exception of the root, you can eat the whole vegetable; it tastes great raw or cooked.
Thyme sounds just like time and is a great herb to have at home! It’s a tough plant, so it can survive a cold winter and doesn't need lots of watering. You can use the leaves from your thyme plant to flavor food like pasta and meat.
Leeks are actually from the same family as the onion, but they taste milder and much sweeter. They have white stems, green leaves at the top, and lots of layers, like their cousins. They’re delicious in soup!
Celery is a crunchy, long vegetable. It's fussy and doesn't like it when it's too hot or too cold. It needs to be watered often. You can pick the stalks whenever you want because small celery is just as tasty as bigger celery.
This type of lettuce has crisp, crunchy leaves that go great in a salad. It likes to grow in cooler temperatures and can grow very quickly, so it won’t be long until you see results. When it’s time to harvest your iceberg lettuce, it’s best to cut it out, rather than pulling.
Kale is a dark, leafy green vegetable that contains lots of healthy nutrients. Just like broccoli, kale is also from the cabbage family. People like to eat it in salads, stews and even put it in smoothies. Once your kale plant is big enough, you can pick the leaves you need and leave the rest to keep growing.
Fennel is a kind of vegetable, but you can eat the bulb, stalks, leaves, seeds and even the flower. It has a strong, sweet flavor that tastes a little like licorice. It can be eaten raw in salads, cooked, roasted and even used to make tea.
Leaf lettuce has tender leaves that branch out from a single stalk. The best thing about growing your own lettuce is that you can pick it whenever you’re ready to eat it. Its leaves wilt faster than other types of lettuce, so it’s best to eat them not long after picking.
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