What a difference a few (two) weeks makes in a vegetable garden. I took this picture above on Saturday after I finished re-mulching the paths around the raised beds. Yes, I waited until the warmest day of the year so far to go and get a few truckloads of mulch.
Below is a picture of the same garden just two weeks ago, and approximately two weeks after I planted it.
I think new gardeners should try a vegetable garden first to get a real taste for how successful and inspiring planting and tending a garden can be. I don't think anything grows faster than vegetables, and there is great satisfaction in getting actual food from your own garden.
(See My Garden Pictures for another plant in my garden that I wouldn't recommend to first time gardeners.)