There is no better way to shake the winter blues than planting the garden with a few early spring garden crops!
Although it’s not quite time yet for many to be planting tomatoes, peppers, or other warmer season crops, early spring is a great time to get gardening with a few cool-loving spring garden crops.
They are a great way to start eating fresh, and to get your gardening legs underneath you!
Many cool-loving crops can be planted as soon as the ground is workable, up to 4 to 5 weeks before the last spring frost.
Here are 3 great choices to get your garden growing now!
3 Early Spring Garden Crops To Start Your Garden Growing!
Kale thrives in both the cooler spring and late fall temperatures. It is one of the healthiest crops you can grow, and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. There are so many great varieties to choose from for all kinds of flavor.
Kale is great in salads, by itself, or made into kale chips, a delicious, healthy snack!
Kale can be sown about 4 weeks before your last frost date. Plant seeds ¼-inch (0.5-cm) deep and every two inches, thinning to about 4 inches between plants.
If you plant a new row or two every two weeks, it will allow you to keep fresh greens coming on throughout spring.
Sugar Snap Peas
One of the most delicious and healthy snacks around, sugar snap peas are one of the easiest spring garden crops to grow. The only problem is that they are so delicious, it is hard to keep from eating them right in the garden!
Sow seeds as soon as the soil can be worked, usually 3 to 4 weeks before your last frost. Plant seeds every few inches, 1/2″ to 3/4″ deep in the soil.
Although you can let them sprawl, they will perform best along a fence line or with a trellis to support the vines.
Like Kale, you can plant a second crop two to three weeks later. It will keep a fresh supply on-hand through late spring early summer.
Sugar snap peas will usually begin to bolt as the hot summer weather comes on. Peas do well when planted near beans, carrots, cucumbers and radishes. Avoid planting near onions, garlic and shallots. Seed Links : Sugar Snap Peas – Organic, Non GMO Seeds
Radishes are one of the best early spring garden crops to grow, especially because they can be on the table in under a month from planting!
These beauties come in all types of sizes and shapes, and with all kinds of flavor – from mild to hot. Plant 1/4″ deep in well-drained, fertile, and loose soil.
Loose soil will help them grow true to size and shape. Thin after seeds sprout to allow for the appropriate growth of your variety.
Radishes like consistent moisture – so water them often to keep them growing well. They are also a great succession plant.
Plant every 2 weeks to keep them coming on until late fall. Companion plant with beans, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach. Avoid planting near or with potatoes
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