10 easy edible plants Starting your own edible garden? Never fear with these easy-to-grow crops 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! Pinterest Tomato Full sun and plenty of compost are just about all you need for successful tomatoes. You'll never buy store-bought again. 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. 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. 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. Summer squash Summer squash plants are vigorous producers. You'll be so successful that you'll likely be giving squash to all your neighbors. Rhubarb This gorgeous perennial makes a lovely mound that looks stunning in the landscape. Homegrown strawberry rhubarb pie is hard to beat. Chives Chives are the champions of the herb world. They can handle almost any type of soil or sun. Basil Put basil in a warm, sunny spot, keep the flowers pinched, and you'll be swimming in pesto all season long. Thyme This perennial herb isn't fussy in the least. Plus, just a few sprigs will elevate your cooking and wow your guests.