6 Easy Veggies for the Preggo Gardener to Grow

In the beginning of my pregnancy I had big plans for my vegetable garden. I had already faced many obstacles during my previous three gardening seasons which resulted in little to no harvest, so I was determined to make this Fall a successful one.

Despite knowing that I would be in the last few weeks of my pregnancy when my Fall garden had to go in, I was determined. Come Hell or high water, I was going to have a successful garden season damnit.

Then my third trimester came rolling around, and boy did I start to reconsider my plans. From shooting sciatica pain on my right side, pelvic pain on my left, and so much pressure in my hips by the end of the day that I could barely walk  — the idea of having to bend over to tend to my garden beds was starting to sound unappealing.

I have planned out all three of my 4×8 garden beds to make sure I’m ready for this upcoming garden season but I’m still trying to decide how much I want to bite off. If I’m having this much pain now, how am I going to be the last couple weeks before baby arrives? That is the golden question.

The smart thing for me (and any other pregnant mama in this same situation) to do is to not plant any varieties that take up a lot of maintenance, require extra pest control, sprout quickly, and can be taken care of by your significant other for a few weeks after baby comes. I really wanted to grow cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and zuchinni (in FL, we can grow these things in the Fall) but going off of my previous experiences with cabbage loopers and vine borers, it’s probably best for me to stay away from them. I was also going to try carrots but I haven’t had much luck with them in the past — and the seeds are tiny which could be extremely frustrating for me to have to try and bend over for that long.

Easy Veggies I’m Sticking To

This season, I’ll probably stick with lots of greens (also grown for the chickens) like lettuce, chard, kale, collards, bok choy, and mustards, peas, green beans, and various cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, cabbage). I know I’m pushing my luck, but I still will try a couple sweet and hot pepper plants, just for giggles. Also, although I love starting from seed, I may give myself a break and buy a few starter plants so I don’t have to do as much bending down.

Even though ease of growing can depend on the individual person’s experience and zone they live in, here is a list of 6 easy veggies for the preggo gardener to grow — even when you’ve got a belly that is growing faster than the plants.

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is incredibly easy to grow and the best part is you don’t need a lot of space to do it. If you’re overly pregnant but still want to enjoy fresh homegrown veggies, lettuce is a great place to start.

This is my favorite lettuce variety so far.

2. Chard

The seeds are larger which makes planting much easier. It can be hard to be patient and try and get little tiny seeds just right when you’ve got a bulging belly in front of you. With chard, you don’t have to worry about that which is always a plus.

This is my favorite chard variety so far.

3. Beans

I’ve had a lot of garden failures but one vegetable that has consistently done well for me are beans. I just never planted enough so I was never able to really soak in the success. The seeds are large which makes it easy to plant, they sprout quick, and really all they need is something to climb up and they’re happy. Plus, they grow up which means you don’t have to bend down as much with that big belly in front of you. Amen. 

This is my favorite bean variety so far because they produce no strings, yay!

4. Peas

So, I personally haven’t had much luck yet with peas but I think it’s because I have always planted them at the wrong time. Generally speaking, peas fall in the same “ease of use” as green beans and they are a nice, crisp addition to the backyard bounty. Again, they need to trellis which makes this a bonus feature for an expecting mom who doesn’t want to have to bend over.

This is my favorite pea variety so far.

5. Radish

These little bad boys are easy to plant, you don’t need a lot of space, grow great in containers, and sprout rather quickly. The perfect solution for any preggo mama. When I harvest a batch, I’m going to try this fermented radish recipe — it looks delicious.

This is my favorite radish variety so far.

6. Herbs

If all else fails, plant herbs. Herbs are easy to grow, easy to maintain, and don’t require much space at all. I’ve had much success with basil, cilantro, and chives. You can even grow them indoors if your pregant butt doesn’t want to get out in the elements and tend to a garden.

I’ve tried this basil and this cilantro with much success.

 Would you add any other veggies to the list? What would they be? 


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'6 Easy Veggies for the Preggo Gardener to Grow' has 15 comments

  1. September 1, 2015 @ 11:20 am linda spiker

    You inspire me. I am a horrible gardener lol.


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:09 pm Loriel

      Ha, me too. Sometimes I’m not sure why I still try but hey, the more times I fail, the closer I am to succeeding right?


  2. September 1, 2015 @ 11:22 am Megan Stevens

    SO much to love about this post! Thanks for sharing your favorite varieties of certain plants! Love seeing your garden plan drawing. I need to be that organized, so helpful. And yes, I can so relate to the third trimester pains you’re having! Thanks, Loriel.


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:09 pm Loriel

      Yes, the garden diagram totally helps and I actually stick to it 95% of the time, which says something. 🙂


  3. September 1, 2015 @ 11:48 am Alessandra Macaluso

    Ah, I am one week too late on this one – just had my little guy! 🙂 I’ve never tried growing beans but you’ve officially inspired me. The garden plan looks great.


  4. September 1, 2015 @ 12:38 pm Tash

    Man, if only I could grow cilantro without it bolting so fast! This Southern California weather I tell ya! The other options sound great and usually do well where I live…well….except for peppers 🙁


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:08 pm Loriel

      I thought Florida would be hard to grow cilantro but in the winter, it seems to do well. The variety from SeedsNOW says it’s a slow bolt, so I’m interested to see how the plant does.


  5. September 1, 2015 @ 1:30 pm Renee Kohley

    As we close up our garden up here I’ll be living vicariously through yours down there 🙂 I love all these simple ideas – peas are probably my favorite 🙂


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:07 pm Loriel

      🙂 Well, hopefully I have something worth to be living vicariously through.


  6. September 1, 2015 @ 2:36 pm Ariana {And Here We Are...}

    Congrats on the last leg of your pregnancy! I have lots of fond gardening memories of my own pregnancy, especially wondering how I was going to get back up after sitting in the dirt. 😉


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:07 pm Loriel

      HA! That literally made me laugh out loud. 🙂


  7. September 2, 2015 @ 11:09 am Daja at The Provision Room

    I am about 6 months along and our harvest is coming in strong! Keeping up? Ugh! Doing my best. #thestruggleisreal


    • September 3, 2015 @ 8:05 pm Loriel

      Hey, you do what you can do, right? 🙂


  8. March 7, 2017 @ 8:32 pm Wendy

    I’m wondering if I am crazy….. I’m due in 3 months and my garden has to be in by about then. Some things might just end up late or next year…… I had such plans for this year. ?


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