Beginning gardeners can easily start beans, chard, cucumbers, carrots or basil from seed. For a flower garden, beginners can plant sunflowers, cosmos, poppies, runner beans or bachelor buttons.
Legumes, including pole beans, bush beans and peas, are possibly the easiest seeds to start in a garden. Radishes are also a great crop to plant early in spring when temperatures are still cold.
Poppies, cosmos, bachelor buttons and zinnias are all hardy plants which can tolerate poor soil and tough weather conditions. While sunflower is one of the easiest annuals to start from seed, gardeners should take care to plant the seed where they want the plant to grow, as sunflowers do not easily tolerate transplantation.