Rising grocery costs and concerns over toxic pesticides have led many organic consumers to start home vegetable gardens. 

The task is easier than you may think, and you don’t need an expansive plot of land to enjoy nature’s bounty. Many popular veggies can grow in containers or compact spaces. 

Here are three ideal choices for newbies and seasoned gardeners alike.

Tomatoes 

Commonly considered vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits. They can, however, be an integral part of a vegetable garden. 

Tomatoes are high in cancer-fighting lycopene and other antioxidants. There are also myriad varieties to tempt your palate. 

Tomatoes can be planted after soil has thawed and there’s no other chance for frost. They’ll require plenty of sunlight. Fruit will be available to harvest toward the latter part of summer. 

Pick up some heirloom and exotic seedlings from the Tomatomania collection.

Peas 

Peas grow inside the pods of legumes. These plants like moist soil that drains well. 

Water frequently, but make sure soil doesn’t become flooded if you want peas to flourish. 

Consider growing Chinese pea pods so you can whip up Garlic Snow Peas with Cilantro straight from the garden.

Peppers 

Peppers come in so many varieties that it’s easy to find ones that appeal to your personal culinary tastes. 

They generally thrive in soil that’s high in magnesium. Adding compost and Epsom salt to soil can help achieve the environment peppers desire. 

FYI: Red bell peppers have significantly more beta-carotene and vitamin C than green bell peppers.