If you are thinking of growing vegetables this year, spring is the time to start! Here are some vegetables that are ideal to plant!
One of our very favorite things to grow in a garden is Spinach. Not only is spinach one of the most nutritious veggies you can get your hands on (super high in iron, calcium, and Vitamins A, B, and C), it’s incredibly easy to grow and able to be used in a wide variety of ways. Spinach should be planted early spring to ensure it gets a required 6 weeks of cooler weather before it sprouts, and it needs abundant full sun and well-drained soil.
Another great dark leafy green is Chard, and Chard is also incredibly simple to grow. It’s incredibly similar to Spinach, and is a great substitute for warmer climates where Spinach might not thrive. Chard is fantastic for bone health, is incredibly hardy and loves a wide range of temperatures. It’s best to seed these plants in the spring, about 2 weeks before the last frost.
If you love quick results in your gardening endeavors, you should grow lettuce. Lettuce grows from seedling to baby greens in just under 6 weeks, and is fully ready to be harvested and eaten in 6-8 weeks. Lettuce doesn’t require a whole lot of soil (4 inches is about all you need), but as long as it’s getting regular water, it will grow well.
The perfect crunch in a salad comes without a doubt from a radish, and you can grow these pretty easily in your backyard garden this spring. Cherry Belle radishes will mature in just 3 weeks, and are not as complicated as other radish varieties to grow. They need full sun to partial shade and loose, well-drained soil. You’ll want to remove rocks from the soil, and add organic matter to assist with healthy growth.
Kale is the superfood of the decade, so why not save yourself some money and grow some in your own backyard? You’ll want to start your kale seedlings indoors this spring to ensure they stay warm enough through the very last frost of the season. Cover the seedlings with ¬¨Œ© inch of soil, and keep it moist as it grows. When the last frost has passed, you’ll want to transplant the seedlings into the ground.
Peas are fantastic in soup, as a side, or in salads, so we think it’s a great choice for gardeners. You’ll want to sow the seeds about a month before your last frost, keeping in mind that peas thrive in milder climates and don’t prefer intense summer heat; the earlier your start, the better. Peas also like to climb and love a trellis for support.
When you learn how easy they are to plant and maintain, you won’t want to miss out on planting these vegetables this spring!