This summer, one of the most popular trends in gardening will also allow you to skip the produce section at the market. Vegetable growing, easier than it sounds to get started, is something many avid gardeners of flowers and herbs are beginning to delight in.
Sturdy and delicious fresh tomatoes and cucumbers might not be as visually elegant as your azaleas or narcissus, but trust me, growing veggies in your garden this season will yield very tasty results.
Better Homes and Gardens has compiled a list of their Top Ten Must-Grow Plants in vegetable gardening this year, urging gardeners to make space for these edible plants in order to enjoy fresh produce from spring through early autumn. Slicing tomatoes, sweet peppers, snow peas, and cucumbers are some highlights from the Top Ten list, all of which are easy to plant and maintain.
You can get started with many of these veggies by visiting your local nursery, and soon you’ll be enjoying crisp salads, summer pasta dishes, and homemade salsas made by ingredients fresh from your own garden! You can even create refreshing cocktails with your new plants, like an Easy Cucumber Lemonade Cooler, described below.
Happy growing, and eating!
Easy Cucumber Lemonade Cooler
Ingredients for 5 servings:
2½ cups water
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 cup white sugar
12 fresh lemons, juiced (or 2 cups store-bought lemon juice)
½ cup mint sprigs (or more, to taste)
1. Create “simple syrup” by stirring the water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool.
2. In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, cucumber, and mint. Let chill inside your refrigerator or serve with ice. Enjoy!
*Those 21 and older can create a refreshing alcoholic version by adding 5oz of your preferred vodka or gin