Spring is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden from seeds. Not only does it provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, but it is also a great way to spend time outdoors and connect with nature. Starting a vegetable garden from seeds may seem daunting, but with the right tools and knowledge, it can be a fun and rewarding experience.
The first step to starting a vegetable garden is to plan it out. Determine the location of your garden, the size of the plot, and the types of vegetables you want to grow. Consider the amount of sunlight, soil type, and water availability when selecting your garden location.
Next its time to choose your seeds. There are many seeds such as peas and lettuce that will germinate at low temperatures and can be planted in early spring. Many springtime crops are also the fastest crops to grow. While cool spring weather is optimal for these plants you could sow new seeds every few weeks during the summer in areas that receive a lot of shade. Here are some of the best seeds to plant in spring:
- Radishes can be directly sown, and grow quickly in early spring. Enjoy a bumper crop by sowing bunches and picking smaller radishes for harvest while allowing the remaining to grow larger. Enjoy both the root and leaf of this spicy vegetable in salads and sandwiches.
- Peas are a cool-season crop that tolerate light frosts and can be sown early spring. There are many varieties of peas. Snow peas allow for a quicker harvest as entire pods are edible and mature for harvest quickly. Shelling peas require a longer time to grow large peas for harvest. Consider sowing every few weeks for harvests until late fall.
- Bok-Choi also known as pak choi or Chinese cabbage is a leafy green that grows in cool weather and early spring. Sow seeds directly in ground, or in a container then divide and transplant. Chinese cabbage grows well in small spaces, containers and can be harvested when leaves are young.
- Lettuce grows well in cool early spring weather. There are many varieties of lettuce including loose-leaf, romaine and butterheads. You can grow lettuce seeds densely in containers and trim baby leaves. After a week or two the leaves will grow back for another harvest. Other leafy salad greens to try include arugula, kale, and swiss chard which all grow well in early spring.
Are you ready to start your veggie garden from seed? Explore our seed starting reading list to learn more how you can grow food from seed to plate all season long.