10 easy edible plants

Starting your own edible garden? Never fear with these easy-to-grow crops

Lettuce

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Johanna Silver

Lettuce

These leafy greens are a cinch. They prefer the cooler temperatures of spring or fall. Loose-leaf varieties can be trimmed down multiple times for repeated harvesting. We love that!

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Tomato

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Tomato

Full sun and plenty of compost are just about all you need for successful tomatoes. You'll never buy store-bought again.

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Sugar snap peas

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Sugar snap peas

These quick growers prefer cool temps; sow them in spring or fall. Their crunchy pods are so delicious plucked straight from the vine that we find they rarely make it all the way inside.

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Beans

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Beans

It makes no difference whether you go with a bush or pole variety–beans need sun and some water, and they'll willingly produce a bounty.

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Radish

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Radish

One of the fastest crops around! Grow in cooler temps or in light shade. Twenty-eight days later, you've got yourself a crunchy crop.

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Summer squash

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Summer squash

Summer squash plants are vigorous producers. You'll be so successful that you'll likely be giving squash to all your neighbors.

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Rhubarb

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Rhubarb

This gorgeous perennial makes a lovely mound that looks stunning in the landscape. Homegrown rhubarb strawberry pie is hard to beat.

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Chives

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Chives

Chives are the champions of the herb world. They can handle almost any type of soil or sun.

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Basil

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Basil

Put basil in a warm, sunny spot, keep the flowers pinched, and you'll be swimming in pesto all season long.

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Thyme

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Thyme

This perennial herb isn't fussy in the least. Plus, just a few sprigs will elevate your cooking and wow your guests.

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