Grow these vegetables as soon as the ground is warm up and can be worked in the spring.
Spring season is the best time to start a vegetable garden. While there must be still frost in the forecast, it doesn’t mean we can’t prepare the yard. You can start it as soon as the ground is warm up and workable.
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How To Prepare A Garden In The Spring
Start the garden by tilling and turning up the dirt, remove any rock, debris or left over from the previous growing season. Add bone meal, compost or manure into the soil, mix it up with the garden fork.
You can start planting seeds once the garden bed is ready. There are some cold weather hardy vegetables you can plant as soon as the ground is warm up.
You can undoubtedly direct sow these seeds in the garden. Some of these vegetables will stand light frost and actually grow better in the cold weather.
Early Spring Vegetables You Can Plant Now
Direct sow the seeds as soon as the ground is warm up. I garden in Zone 4A that the last frost date is around May 23rd. Typically, the snow start melted by late March.
Then by early April is when I prepare the garden. So, I recommend sowing these vegetable seeds about 3-6 weeks before your last frost date in your area.
While April is spring season, there is still snow or light frost coming once in a while. Sometime blizzard hit us here for a day or two until we got 1-foot snow.
But it did not last long, so the garden will still continue to grow. Thus, the first weeks of April or early spring is a perfect time to start the garden for the new growing season if you grow cold-hardy vegetables that will withstand light frost and cold night.
The seed is similar to swiss chard seed. There will be multiple seedlings from one seed. Thin it as necessary by leaving the stronger seedling only to space them out between plants.
I usually pull these seedlings when it has few leaves, and I add it into a recipe like swiss chard. Direct sow beet seeds in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked and you can plant the seed every 3 weeks for continuous harvest.
Growing beet is excellent for adding minerals to the soil. My favorite one to grow is Detroit Dark Red Beet variety, it matures in about 60 days.
Direct sow kale seed in the garden as soon as the ground workable in the spring. You can repeat sowing the seed in the summer too.
Grow kale in the garden bed and also perfect for a container garden. You can harvest the baby kale in late spring for salad or smoothies. You can also make this delicious homemade kale chips.
Plant carrots by direct sow the seed as soon as the ground is warm up and workable. Keep the soil moist for better germination. These best tips for growing carrots will give you the best harvest.
You can direct sow lettuce seeds as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Lettuce can withstand light frost. Grow lettuce in moist and well-drained soil.
Like spinach, lettuce plant will start forming flower bud means bolting when the heat is coming, or the garden soil is dry. Grow lettuce for companion planting with tomatoes. The tall growing plant will provide shade for lettuce plant when the heat is coming.
Growing parsnip require long growing season until your first harvest, so plant the seed in the garden as soon as the soil workable in the spring. Parsnip tastes sweeter when it left in the ground until frost coming in the fall.
Any peas plants prefer cold weather to grow. This vegetable will give you harvest by late spring, and the plant provides nitrogen on the soil. Once you soak the seed for at least 6 hours, direct sow the seed in the garden. Provide a trellis for peas to climbing on.
Direct sow radish seeds in the garden as soon as the ground can be worked. Sow radish seeds with carrot together at the same time, as radish will mature earlier than carrots. When it is time for harvest, radish provides enough space for carrots to grow and reduce thinning process.
This nutritious vegetable will grow better in cold weather. Spinach will go bolted when the weather is too hot.
Direct sow spinach seeds in early spring, and it will give you fresh-cut baby spinach up to late spring just before the day gets too hot.
This beautiful vegetable is a must for garden. I love how this plant has colorful stalks for this rainbow Bright Light variety. Swiss chard is delicious for omelet or quiche. Direct sow the seed about 3 – 4 weeks before your last spring frost date.
Swiss Chard seed is a clump of many seeds. Once it germinates, there will be multiple seedling emerge. You can thin the seedling by leaving the stronger one only.
Plant turnip seeds in the spring as soon as the ground is workable or 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. Turnip grows quick thus making it one of the perfect vegetable for late spring crops. Turnip grows in colder weather so you can plant it in the late summer too for the fall vegetable crop.
With unpredictable weather in the early spring, you will still get some good crops with these cold weather hardy vegetables. Always make sure the garden bed is well drained and contain lots of organic matter.You can grow these vegetables as soon as the ground is warm up and workable. Click To Tweet
Building a garden doesn’t have to be big and taking over the whole yard. The square foot garden will give you enough space to grow multiple vegetable varieties.
You can always grow these vegetables in the container if there is no space for a garden bed. The vegetable plant marker will help you to identify these plants.
You can also direct sow flower seeds this spring.
Hi Ina, This is a solid list of good starter vegetables, all easy to grow and well-liked by most. I really like the Square Foot Gardening method, especially if you are just beginning to garden. I posted an article on why square foot gardening is best for the beginner. It compliments the information in this post and I think your readers would enjoy it. It is here: https://lawnlifestyles.com/raised-bed-gardens-best-choice-for-beginners/ Thanks again for the good info on starter veggies and the resource links.
Crafty For Home
Thank you for stopping by, I do too like the Square Foot Gardening, it is easy to maintain, compact, and high yield crops from such a small space.
Ros @ ZenHealth
Love! I’ve tried many of these. Unfortunately, my beets never seem to grow larger than a fingernail 🙁
Crafty For Home
Did you thin them? Beets usually benefit from thinning, so they will have more room to grow.