Hi Joan - I'm new to gardening, but I want to eventually grow all my vegetables locally. Is there a specific type of vegetable you would recommend that would be easy for me to take care of? I'm usually at work from 9-7pm. Thanks for your advice in advance!
Assuming you have sun--essential for good growing--I would suggest you start with green beans (I have come to love "haricot vert " which make masses of tiny beans so you can make supper from one plant). So plant three or four plants about a foot apart (two seeds in a hole in case one doesn't come up--then pull the extra). And I give you the cooking instructions an Italian friend gave me. She's right that the best way to fix them is in salted boiling water for 7 minutes! That's it.
I would also get one cherry tomato plant--the very best to eat are "sungold"--you will thank me!
If you like greens, you should plant some leaf lettuce early in the spring. It will go to seed when the weather gets hot, after which you can eat kale salad if you have planted some Red Russian or Lacinato kale at the same time. Follow package instructions. That's a start.
Your work hours are too long, but if you get up early you can have an hour in the garden before you face your day. Everything will seem better that way.