If you are new to gardening or seem to have a brown thumb, then there are a few hardly plants to start out with.
While it is easy to go out to a home and garden center to buy seedlings, it is best to start a garden from seed.
Why? Many seed companies mass produce seedlings in hot houses. It is hard to control disease spores in a crowded environment, especially if it is crowded with the same susceptible plant species.
Starting your seeds at home can be fun for the whole family. Growing beans or legumes is a fun activity for the kids. You can germinate them in a clear cup and a paper towel and watch them grow. This goes from peas, green beans and other pod growing plant. Legumes are also a great plant to companion plant in small spaces due to their nutritional value to dirt. Most plants suck Nitrates from the soil, legumes put them back into the soil.
Starting out try these seeds:
Kentucky Pole Beans, (or any green bean that "poles" or vines.)
Green onions or chives,
Bush Cucumber (or space saver, either one is great for small spaces)
Broccoli (This plant needs more space, but comes in a array of colors.)
Potatoes (Plant alone. This is not a companion friendly plant.)
Rosemary (This one you can buy. They have little to no disease)
Most of these need a little water to get them started and they will grow. After the seedlings have developed, start a light weekly fertilizer regiment to keep them from having stunted growth or dying. Many times plants die not because of a lack of water, but because of a lack of nutrients.
You can start these seeds in ground, in egg cartons, or plastic seed trays. Be sure to bring them in during winter on days with a frost warning. Seeds will not germinate if the soil is constantly damp.