With the weather warming up in some parts of the country and spring on the horizon, there are quite a few early vegetables and flowers that you can start planting now.
It’s always a good idea to layer your garden plan with plants that will reach their peak throughout the growing season. That way, there’s always some growing!
Lettuce is one of those crops that just keep on giving. Plant lettuce from seed as early as possible for your season–typically, a few weeks before the last spring frost–and keep sowing it every few weeks throughout the rest of spring and summer.
Have you ever had a radish fresh from your garden? They’re incredibly tasty–peppery, crisp, and bright. Plant radishes earlier than you might expect so that they have a chance to establish their roots. This is another plant that you can sow again in staggered plantings; just make sure not to crowd the radishes.
You’ll have the trendiest, tastiest salad ever when you grow your own arugula. This peppery green needs cool weather to flourish, so it’s an ideal choice for an early spring salad garden. Pair it with spinach and lettuce for a bounty of greens.
Spinach can be grown either in early spring or late fall. As long as the weather stays cool, spinach will be happy. Keep sowing new seeds every two weeks until you run out of cool weather.
Sugar Snap Peas
Fresh, spring-green sugar snap peas are a true delight. Although they do need a support system, such as a trellis, to grow, they aren’t much trouble once you get them growing. Peas won’t survive a heatwave, so get them in the ground as soon as possible.
Why not try your hand at growing rhubarb? This veggie is stellar in pies and jams–especially when paired with strawberries. Just keep in mind that the leaves of the rhubarb plant are toxic. Only harvest the bright red stems.
Beets have a bad rep in America, but that’s starting to turn around. These root veggies are antioxidant powerhouses–and no, you don’t have to eat them pickled. Beets need up to 10 weeks to grow from seed, so get them in the ground early. Up to a month before the last frost of the season is ideal. You can grow more beets in the fall when the weather cools again.