As the weather begins to warm up, you might be looking forward to your favorite spring activities. You can finally walk local trails without piling on winter coats. Your family can grill out in the backyard and eat while the sun sets. You can also get a head start on your future garden, but only if you pick the right plants.
Before doing anything else, make a list of vegetables to plant in spring months. You want to pick varieties that will thrive in the moderately warm weather and survive the occasional frost. Depending on where you live, your list could look a little different from other gardening friends in other states and countries.
List of vegetables to plant in spring:
- Leafy Greens
- English Peas
1. Plant Colorful Carrots
Carrots grow below the soil, so they’re safe from mid- to late-season frosts. Try planting colorful varieties like red, purple and yellow carrots alongside standard orange ones. You can always pick them as baby carrots or let them grow well into the summer season.
2. Grow Leafy Greens
If you’ve ever wanted to grow lettuce, you’ll have the most success in spring. The plant wilts quickly in the summer heat, so grow lettuce while the soil is still cold. After two months, you’ll have plenty of leafy greens for all your summer salads.
3. Care for Rows of Beets
Only a small part of a beet’s roots grow above ground, so they’re another great spring planting option. Whether you want to grow Burpee Goldens or Detroit Dark Reds, wait for dry soil before getting out your planting supplies. In two to three months, you can enjoy harvesting all your new beets.
4. Tend to Broccoli
When you plant broccoli in the spring, it will thrive until the weather is reliably warm. Warm weather and lots of sunlight encourage the vegetable to flower, but you can grow it while it’s still chilly during changing spring weather.
5. Buy Radish Seeds
You’ll want to grow radishes if you dream of a spring crop that’s ready to harvest quickly. In a matter of weeks, you can plant your radish seeds and pick them, leaving extra room in your garden for summer crops.
6. Begin Growing Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a standard vegetable in most gardens because anyone can learn how to grow them, and they taste delicious when they warm under the summer sun. This year, plant them early in the spring by starting them indoors in small pots. After the last frost, move them outside and give them a few months to reach maturity.
7. Try Planting Cauliflower
Gardeners who want a challenge can take on cauliflower plants this spring. They need a colder climate to grow, so you’ll want to plant them as early in the spring as you can. Local gardening experts can consult you on the best time to grow in your area and what conditions the cauliflower will need to thrive during your local weather patterns.
8. Research Eggplant Care
Eggplants are sensitive to frosts, so you’ll want to plant this spring vegetable a little later in the season. They require specific care that most other plants don’t, so research eggplant gardening tips like soaking the seeds before planting or how learning much sunlight they need to ensure success.
9. Mind Parsley Pots
Herbs are another staple garden plant, but you can begin your springtime parsley in tiny pots on your porch. Once they grow enough to establish strong roots, transplant them to your garden after the soil has warmed up. Don’t worry about frosts. Parsley is a tiny, robust plant that can handle cold weather.
10. Nurture English Peas
Peas love cool weather, especially English peas. Set them up with a tomato cage to promote timely and safe growth and allow multiple vines to thrive next to each other. If you discover you love growing peas, you can continue with new crops in the fall and winter, too.
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Grow Some New Vegetables This Spring
Get ready for gardening this year with this list of vegetables to plant in the spring. Challenge yourself to grow something new and become a better gardener than ever before. By summer, you’ll have a thriving garden that taught you new lessons and welcomes future crops.