Spring is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I have that old familiar Spring-time itch. My fingers are itching to start playing in the dirt. There is nothing like the smell of freshly tilled soil or the sight of the first seedlings of spring. There are a few plants that can handle a light frost; you can sow them directly into the ground now for an early spring harvest.
Plants To Sow In Spring:
Lettuce won’t germinate when the soil gets too warm. Start your salad bed now, and you should be pinching lettuce leaves as soon as April. Varieties include Black Seeded Simpson, Blonde de Paris, Crisp Head, Buttercrunch, Burgundy Boston and much more.
Plant asparagus once, and you will be able to reap harvests for years to come. Asparagus comes back every year in greater numbers than the year before. It is delicious steamed, stir-fried, and baked.
Potatoes can be grown inground, in a pot, or bail of hay. Potatoes will grow just about anywhere. Plant seed potatoes as soon as the ground can be worked. Make sure to insulate the roots and mound the dirt as the plant matures. Varieties include Cal White, Dark Red Norland, German Butterball, Huckleberry Gold, and more.
Onions are easy to grow. Unlike other vegetables, onions can be grown from spring through the fall. Harvest them as you need them or string them up to cure for long term storage. Varieties include Crimson Forest, Evergreen, Red Burgundy, Tokyo Long White, and more. Onions can be planted from seed or from sets.
Peas like to grow so make sure to plant them near a trellis or fence line. A few seeds will go a long way if you maintain water consistency and harvest as soon as the pods are full. Varieties include Sugar Snap, Little Marvel, Oregon Giant, Wando, Green Pea, and more.
Sow spinach as early as mid-February. This plant takes anywhere from 30-45 days to mature and harvest. Pinch leaves as soon as they mature to promote additional growth. Varieties include Bloomsdale, Matador Viking, Winter Giant, and more.
Cabbage grows best in colder weather. A frost will make this vegetable taste sweeter. Sow as soon as the ground can be worked. Does well with direct sunlight and well-drained soil. Varieties include Red Acre, Bok Choy, Brunswick, Copenhagen, Drumhead, and more.
Carrots come in a variety of colors and are full of essential vitamins your body needs to stay healthy. Root vegetables can be planted as soon as the ground can be tilled and picked as tender young carrots. Varieties include Amarillo Yellow, Autumn King, Cosmic Purple, Kuroda, and more.
Beets are the ultimate superfood. They are easy to grow and can be started as soon as the middle to late March. Beets are lovely when picked small and roasted in the oven. They can be served in a salad or pickled for long term storage. Varieties include Boltardy, Bulls Blood, Cylindra, Early Wonder, and more.
Radishes go from seed to harvest in as soon as 30 days. Growing radishes is a fun experience for kids. They can be sliced and baked into chips, eaten raw, or cooked into salsas and sautees. Varieties include Champion, Hailstone, Easter Egg, Daikon, Purple Plum, and more.
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Seeds To Start Indoors
Kale is relatively easy to grow and offers excellent color and height to your garden. It is better to start this plant indoors and let it harden off before planting outside. Varieties include Blue Curled Scotch, Premier, Purple Curly, Red Russian, and more.
Start collard seeds indoor as soon as early February. Collards are packed full of nutrients. They also add height to your garden. Watch out for pests as the weather starts to warm. Varieties include Morris Heading, Vates, Georgia Southern, and more.
Plant broccoli seeds indoors now and transplant in mid to late March. Heads will typically form starting in April through May. Note that when the weather warms up, these plants like to bolt. Varieties include Calabrese, Di Cicco, Early Purple, Rabe, and more.
Harder to grow than other spring crops, the many varieties of cauliflower adds color and variation to your garden. Typically your success with cauliflower will depend on your climate. Varieties include Igloo, Snowball, Violetta, and more.
Start tomato seeds in late February, and they will be ready to transplant into the garden in early-mid April. Tomatoes come in multiple colors and size. From cherries to beefsteak, tomatoes are a happy addition to any garden.
Eggplants and frost do not mix. Don’t transplant them too early or your efforts will be wasted. Start your seeds indoors in from late February through the middle of March. Eggplant is a low-calorie fruit that is jam-packed with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs.