Growing your own vegetables and herbs is becoming more common than ever before. People who have never gardened before or haven’t gardened in a long time are now growing their own vegetables and herbs for the purpose of saving money, eating healthier, and of course, enjoying the relaxing process of creating a garden. It’s a relaxing, meditative hobby that’s very enjoyable for most people.
Whether you’re planting vegetables and herbs to enjoy the great outdoors, dodge harmful chemicals, or save money at the grocery store, we’ve rounded up 10 vegetables that will yield a bountiful harvest.
If you want to eat plenty of delicious, organic homegrown produce while still having enough to share with family and friends, make sure these are on your list to plant:
For many gardeners, tomato plants are the pride and joy of their garden — offering a much more superior flavor, texture, and overall quality when homegrown instead of purchased at the grocery store.
Tomatoes grow in bunches, and more often than not, you’ll end up with a lot more tomatoes than you could possibly eat on your own. Medium-sized tomatoes, in particular, are great producers.
From ace to early girl to lemon, there’s a variety of medium-sized tomatoes you can choose from that supply a high yield.
You can expect approximately 10-15 lbs. of fruit per plant each season!
Cucumbers can yield a high amount of fruit, but keep in mind, it’s essential to make sure you have the right space for them to climb. This means you should have a vertical trellis or structure.
If you have three or four vines, you can expect an incredible 10 pounds per season. That’s more than enough to give away or donate to those in need! Remember, you want to find vining varieties over bush varieties as they’ll produce a lot more fruit.
For the best possible flavor, pick your cucumbers when they’re immature, and when possible, place a few onions nearby as they’ll soil bacteria and keep insects away.
Peanuts (yes, peanut is classified as a vegetable and not a nut) require adequate water management, as well as lots of hot weather, to yield a high amount and/or quality.
Although peanut plants tend to be somewhat drought tolerant, they need to receive water in a timely manner throughout the entire season.
They tend to grow best in the southern states, but if you’re able to grow them, you can end up with as much as 6 pounds per 100 square feet!
That’s a lot of peanuts to enjoy and share. If you don’t particularly enjoy peanuts as is, you can always make your own peanut butter.
There’s a reason squash is a longtime favorite crop among many gardeners. They grow quite quickly and produce a large amount. But be careful… If you don’t pay attention, they can overtake your entire garden!
All types of squash, regardless of whether it’s summer or winter squash, love the sun and the heat. Try to grow squash in full sun once temperatures are consistently above 70 degrees for the biggest possible harvest.
You’ll want to grow them vertically to avoid your garden getting taken over, but you’re sure to have plenty of squash to show for your efforts!
It’s a common myth that beans aren’t worth growing because they yield a small amount, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, bush beans can yield up to 5 pounds from every 10-foot row that’s planted! Pole beans, on the other hand, can yield up to 10 pounds from every 10-foot row that’s planted.
Spring works best for planting most types of beans. They’ll start sprouting within a few weeks, and when they’re ready to harvest, you’ll be shocked at the amount you have. Make sure you’re ready to can or give them away!
Potatoes (and sweet potatoes) are a great choice when you’re looking to grow something that creates an abundance of vegetables for you.
Once everything thaws after spring, start planning in 10-foot rows — making sure your seeds are a minimum of 12 inches apart. Each row will give you an incredible 30 pounds of potatoes throughout the season.
For the best results and quality, try planting in a loose, fluffy soil mixture so the roots can really reach through.
Keep your soil nicely watered. You want it moist but not over-watered.
Okra is a commonly overlooked plant, but it’s quite delicious. It’s a tall-growing vegetable in the same family as hollyhock.
The immature pods are great for soups, stews or as a fried snack. If you plant okra during the summer months, you’ll be able to harvest your crop early and often. It’s known for its incredible amount of yield — giving you 10 pounds from each 10-foot row.
That’s more than enough to share with friends and family while still having tons for yourself.
8. Hot Peppers
Is there anything better than hot peppers grown in your own garden? They tend to be much more flavorful. And as an added bonus, they yield a high amount, no matter what type of hot pepper you choose.
Whether you grow serrano, jalapeno or something else, you can expect a great return on your time investment.
They grow well in hot and cold climates, which means you’re able to grow them no matter where you’re located.
Basil is one of the best high yielding herbs to grow as it’s essential to making pesto, it freezes fairly well on its own, and there are so many ways to preserve it if you can’t give enough of it away.
If you plant 1 or 2 basil plants, you’ll have enough pesto for the entire upcoming winter! You really can’t go wrong with this fantastic herb when it comes to planting something that grows in abundance.
Blackberries (more of a fruit, but can be grouped as a vegetable), especially homegrown ones, are a tasty treat that almost everyone enjoys. They don’t take up much space and produce a huge amount of fruit, so it’s well worth it to take the time to grow your own.
Plus, they’re often expensive when bought at the grocery store. They’re rather low maintenance to grow.
Thyme is a great herb that can be used in many ways, and fortunately, when you plant it, you’ll end up with quite a bit of it when it’s time to harvest.
Make sure you plant thyme in an area with plenty of sunlight. You can still plant it indoors, but make sure it’s near a sunny window. It’s quite a low maintenance herb as long as you make sure the soil is well draining.
Chives are a hardy perennial that is easy to grow. The entire plant is edible, which makes them extremely versatile and great for sharing your harvest with friends and family.
You can pick the flowers and use them as garnishes or eat the leaves and bulbs. Simply plant them in the ground or in a pot and make sure they get up to 5 hours of sunlight per day.
Dill should be planted in moist soil wherever the plant can receive a lot of warmth. It’s a short-lived annual, but it creates an abundance of herbs for you to harvest and share.
It’s versatile — allowing you to use it in various dishes, as well as in the production of oils and soaps.
Mint is another great herb that yields a high amount, and as an added benefit, it’s quite easy to grow. In fact, most mint plants will tolerate some shade without any issue. If you’re growing mint outdoors, plant one or two plants about 2 feet apart and make sure the soil is moist.
You can even plant one or two cuttings from another gardener and it’ll work well. They’ll easily cover the ground and grow to be approximately 1-2 feet tall!
15. Leaf Lettuce
Leaf lettuce, an annual plant in the daisy family, is often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its seeds and stems as well. This is best grown in areas that don’t get too hot, but try it out!
From oak leaf to mesclun and everything in between, there are multiple varieties that are all delicious. When harvesting, don’t cut the crown. Instead, harvest the leaves only and more will grow back!
Tips to Help You Increase the Yield of ANY Vegetable You Plant…
Ready to start creating your vegetable and herb garden? Here are a few tips to help you increase the yield of the vegetables and herbs listed above.
● Use Compost
Make sure you’re using compost in your garden as it’ll keep the plants healthy. It’s incredibly nutrient-rich — helping your plants grow much stronger and yield much more when it’s harvest time.
● Add Mulch
If you add the right mulch to your garden, it’ll help retain moisture in the soil while eliminating the risk of weeds taking over. In the long run, this helps increase the yields of your garden.
● Pinch and Prune
Pinching and pruning your plants on a regular basis will help remove any excess foliage and flowers — allowing your plants to focus their energy on producing fruit instead of maintaining foliage.
● Garden Vertically
When possible, garden vertically to save space by enabling plants to grow up instead of out. This will help yield a higher amount of produce. Typically, you’ll want to use a trellis for this.