10 Easy to Grow Vegetables and Herbs (Indoor or Outdoor!)

Updated: Apr 2

Why Grow Your Own Food?

If you've watched the news, shopped for food, or filled up your car, you've probably noticed that everyday living prices have soared, making it an ideal time to consider growing your own food. Cultivating a garden is possible and can be fairly simple, requiring just a little time and space, whether it's limited indoor space with some window sills or a large outdoor space ready for some garden love. The benefits of growing your own food are enormous! You can save money, receive more nutrition, avoid pesticides, get more flavor, spend more time outside, get some exercise, reduce stress, and contribute to the planet.

Go Organic

Shopping for fresh vegetables and herbs can sometimes be pricey if you’re opting for

organic (which, whenever possible, is the ideal choice to avoid harmful pesticides). Save money (and time!) by growing your own vegetables and herbs at home. Seeds to grow your own plants cost around $1–$3.95 per seed packet, which contain multiple seeds that can produce several pounds of vegetables. Store-bought organic vegetables can cost approximately $1–$3.00 per pound. Growing your own vegetables and herbs can ensure that your produce remains organic and pesticide free.

Get Nourished

Another (big!) bonus to growing your own vegetables and herbs is that you can get exponentially more nutrition with homegrown produce. It’s tough to say how long produce has been sitting on the grocery store shelves or how long it took to be delivered from its origin to the store. The time it takes for produce to be harvested, transported to stores, and stocked on shelves (it could be several days or it could be several weeks!), causes many of the nutrients to be lost. Growing, harvesting and enjoying your homegrown produce is rewarding and nourishing for both the body and the mind.

Boost Flavor

Harvesting herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your own garden tastes exponentially better! Similar to the way they lose nutrition, each day that fruits, vegetables, or herbs are sitting in transit or on grocery store shelves, they lose flavor. Personally, I used a fraction of the basil from my garden compared to the store-bought variety because the flavor is so intense (in the best way). Since you use need less for flavoring, you have more to spare—another cost-saver!

Get Some Vitamin D

Vitamin D insufficiency is common not matter what you eat. Getting some sunshine daily is the best way to get vitamin D naturally to support bone, heart, mental, and immune health. If you're gardening in the sun for hours then make sure to wear sunscreen. But if you're outside for just 15-30 minutes, consider getting some natural sunlight without sunscreen to boost vitamin D production. Learn more about the beneficial effects of vitamin D through one of our recent blogs.

Keep Your Body Agile

Gone are the days of needing to schedule an hour workout in the gym for exercise. Finding movement you love doesn't necessarily require a gym membership (although, if going to the gym is your thing then high-fives to you!). Dancing, cleaning, walking the dog, or gardening can be wonderful ways to move your body, keeping you flexible, strong, and energized.

Support the Planet

Cultivating a garden also benefits the environment. By avoiding the use of pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizer, you're allowing the natural ecosystem of the soil, air, birds, bees, and worms to thrive. This is better for your plants and your health. By investing time in your own garden, you can also contribute to the collective effort in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that is in the Earth’s atmosphere. Finally, growing a garden can create habitats for smaller life forms like birds, insects, aphids, ants and other species that thrive and reproduce in the ecosystem. While they may seem like pests, each creature plays an important role in helping the environment.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 easy-to-grow veggies and herbs, whether you’re an urban-dweller with minimal outdoor space or have a big patch of yard waiting for a garden.

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are vegetables (but, technically they’re a fruit!) that can be grown in your backyard, foyer space, patio, or balcony. Tomatoes love to grow solo in big pots. Planting one plant by itself allows for that plant’s roots to spread out and soak up all the nutrients it needs without competition. In addition, make sure to keep the soil moist and water consistently. Using a tomato cage or stake allows for the plant to be supported and grow upward as it provides you with yummy fruit. Not only do they taste delicious, tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C, lycopene, and fiber!

2. Lettuce/Leafy Greens

Lettuce and leafy greens, like spinach and arugula, can be easy to grow indoors or outdoors in a pot. By trimming lettuce from the stem after it grows, you provide the plant with stimulation to keep growing, so you’ll have endless salad bowls! Remember to keep the soil moist, but not saturated with water. Green leafy plants provide calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and many more vitamins, such as folate, which is essential for healthy cell growth and function.

3. Peppers