Early Spring Vegetable Gardening

Overview

Planting an early spring vegetable garden is beneficial in so many ways. Growing vegetables is economical, healthy, and physically rewarding. Fresh vegetables provide a refreshing treat after the harsh winter weather subsides.

Popular Spring Vegetables

The most popular spring vegetables include beets, broccoli, peas, onions, lettuce, mustard potatoes, spinach, radishes, turnips, and cabbage.

Plan Ahead

Choose which vegetables to plant based on time available to tend a garden and on preference. It is best for beginners to start small. Make sure the garden area gets adequate sunlight and has proper drainage.

Planting

Till the soil to a depth of 10 to 12 inches, working in extra nutrients or compost. Plant seeds according to the package directions or transplant seedlings that have been started indoors.

Care

Water the seeds and young plants at regular intervals. Cut off the bottoms of plastic milk jugs and place them over the sees for protection against any late frosts.

Harvest Tips

To avoid the problem of all the vegetables ripening at the same time, plant seeds of the same variety a few weeks apart. This is called succession planting and will result in a continuous harvest.

References

  • Vegetable Gardening Online: Spring Vegetable Garden Planning Guide

Who Can Help

  • Vegetablegardener.com: Get an Early Start on Your for your Spring Garden
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Vikki McMahon attended the College of New Jersey before experiencing a variety of career choices, including the pharmaceutical research field, the real estate industry, and the Insurance industry. She has been a freelance writer for 3 years and shares her enthusiasm for parenting and home and garden topics, with published articles appearing on stressfreeliving.com and thebabybin.com.