Spring planting season is right around the corner and fresh vegetables are on all gardener’s mind. Get the soil prepared and get ready to plant some of these easy to grow spring vegetables.
Spinach is a cool season crop that thrives in a spring garden. This vitamin-rich, leafy green vegetable is easy to grow, but get those seeds planted early because the plant will bolt (become bitter and go to seed) as soon as the weather gets hot.
Plant seeds in loose soil 6 weeks before the last predicted frost date in your area. Use the succession planting method* (sow seeds every 2 weeks) to have fresh spinach until May.
Side note: * The succession planting method refers to different methods that eventually increase crop ability by utilizing the same space.
Chard seeds can be sown directly into the garden soil as soon as the ground thaws in early spring. Planting chard seeds in succession, 2 weeks apart from early spring through mid-spring, will give you fresh chard through May.
Sow chard seeds in rows to the depth of 1/2 inch (1.2cm), then thin seedlings to 4 inches (10cm) apart. Mulch around the chard plants and keep the garden soil moist during the chard growing season.
This cool season vegetable is a member of the cabbage family and can be grown twice a year – in spring and fall. Plant seeds in early spring as soon as the ground has thawed. Then, sow seeds 1/4 deep, then thin seedlings to 8 inches (20cm) apart.
Water kale regularly, and mulch plants after they reach 4 inches (10cm) tall to help keep the soil cool and retain moisture.
Peas are usually one of the first vegetables ready to be harvested in the spring.
Plant peas as soon as the ground has thawed. Then sow pea seeds 1 inch (2.5cm) deep in prepared soil 6 weeks before the
Asparagus is a perennial garden vegetable that is planted once, then harvested for the next 15-20 springs.
Prepare asparagus planting bed by working soil 12 inches (30cm) deep and adding 2 inches (5.08 cm) of compost. Dig trenches 6 inches (15cm) deep and place asparagus crowns in them 1 1/2 feet (46cm) apart. Cover with 3 inches (7.6cm) of soil.
Wait 2 weeks, then add 1 more inch (2.54cm) of soil. Wait 2 more weeks and add another inch of soil on the growing asparagus crowns. Continue doing this until the soil is slightly mounded above the crowns.
These 5 easy to grow spring vegetables are my picks, so how about yours?