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'''Easy-to-grow plants''' are an important part of [[lazy gardening]], making it easy for people lacking the time, skill or interest in gardening to still reap the benefits of personal food growing.
 
'''Easy-to-grow plants''' are an important part of [[lazy gardening]], making it easy for people lacking the time, skill or interest in gardening to still reap the benefits of personal food growing.
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== How easy, exactly? ==
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There are many plants which can simply be:
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* be planted as [[seeds]], or as seedlings from a community or commercial [[seedling nursery]] or a community seedling sharing program.<ref>I don't think I've ever heard of community or commercial [[seedling nursery]] or community seedling sharing programs, but it seems like a good idea to me, as part of promoting urban agriculture in a community - especially the sharing programs. --~~~~</ref>
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* [[mulch]]ed
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* watered occasionally or not at all
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* harvested
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Thus they will be resistant to most serious pests and diseases as long as they have their basic needs met.
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== Examples ==
  
 
The best examples will vary according to climate, but some suggestions include:
 
The best examples will vary according to climate, but some suggestions include:
 
* Many of the easiest plants to grow are in the [[gourd]] family:
 
* Many of the easiest plants to grow are in the [[gourd]] family:
 
** [[Chayote]] fruit, shoots, young leaves and tubers; tropical and warm temperate climates.
 
** [[Chayote]] fruit, shoots, young leaves and tubers; tropical and warm temperate climates.
** [[Winter squash]]/[[pumpkins]], fruit,  
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** [[Winter squash]]/[[pumpkins]], fruit, tropical{{fact}} and temperate climates.
** [[Summer squash]] (e.g. [[zucchinis]], [[button squash]])
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** [[Summer squash]] (e.g. [[zucchinis]], [[button squash]]); temperate.
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** [[Watermelons]]
 
* [[Fruit trees]] - some are very hardy and require very little maintenance after planting:
 
* [[Fruit trees]] - some are very hardy and require very little maintenance after planting:
 
** [[Mangoes]], fruit; tropical (with lots of moisture around the flowering season{{fact}} but not in the late fruiting season).
 
** [[Mangoes]], fruit; tropical (with lots of moisture around the flowering season{{fact}} but not in the late fruiting season).
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* [[Vines]] - these can be allowed to climb, and can require little maintenance.
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** [[Grapes]], fruit & leaves; temperate climates.
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** [[Passionfruit]] fruit (& are the flowers edible?); tropical and temperate.
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** [[Tamarillo]], fruit, temperate.<ref>I've heard they're easy, but don't know. Note that these comments can be removed once the information has been improved/corrected. --~~~</ref>
  
For more helpful information specific pages need to be developed on easy-to-grow plants by climatic zone & rainfall patters.
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For more helpful information, specific pages need to be developed on easy-to-grow plants by climatic zone & rainfall patters.
  
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Lazy gardening]]
 
* [[Lazy gardening]]
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* [[Permanent raised bed]]
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==Notes==
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Revision as of 04:33, 28 September 2008

Easy-to-grow plants are an important part of lazy gardening, making it easy for people lacking the time, skill or interest in gardening to still reap the benefits of personal food growing.

How easy, exactly?

There are many plants which can simply be:

  • be planted as seeds, or as seedlings from a community or commercial seedling nursery or a community seedling sharing program.[1]
  • mulched
  • watered occasionally or not at all
  • harvested

Thus they will be resistant to most serious pests and diseases as long as they have their basic needs met.

Examples

The best examples will vary according to climate, but some suggestions include:


For more helpful information, specific pages need to be developed on easy-to-grow plants by climatic zone & rainfall patters.


See also

Notes

  1. I don't think I've ever heard of community or commercial seedling nursery or community seedling sharing programs, but it seems like a good idea to me, as part of promoting urban agriculture in a community - especially the sharing programs. --~~~~
  2. I've heard they're easy, but don't know. Note that these comments can be removed once the information has been improved/corrected. --~~~