Try easy-to-grow plants for your first year gardening. Research the planting difficulty of the vegetables you decide on to make sure your choices are suitable for beginners. You don't want to commit to more than you can manage. Choose increasingly difficult plants as your gardening experience increases.
Beginner-friendly vegetable plants include: carrots, radishes, sugar or snap peas, beets, and lettuce.
Select veggies that are native or adaptable to your climate. You don't have to find a plant that only grows in your location, but look for plants adapted to similar climates. If your city is hot and humid, for example, buy plants that love humidity (or vice-versa if you live in a desert).
Tomatoes, for example, originated in South America but thrive in the similar climate of the Mediterranean.
Avoid choosing rare or temperamental plants that will require more care than you can give.
Look for vegetables suitable for the season. Vegetables are sorted into two major types: "warm season" and "cool season." Warm season vegetables are planted and harvested from mid-spring to early summer, and cool season vegetables are planted and harvest from late summer to mid-autumn. Pick a variety compatible with the season to keep your plants healthy.