This brief taste of spring has us dreaming of green grass, warm soil, fresh, crisp veggies and juicy, mouth-watering fruit. But the reality is, we probably still have a good bit of winter left to endure. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out in the garden and start planting. Now is a great time to plant many vegetables and you will have fresh veggies out of the garden in no time!
Prepare the Soil
Even if you took lots of loving care in the fall to prepare the soil, you need to do it again now. Here is how you should prep the soil:
- Till 8-10 inches down into the soil. You can do this a variety of ways:
- Remove any rocks, weeds, buried treasure, and clumps you find. If you have planted in our area at all, you know how much clay is in the soil. You won’t be able to get it all out (nor do you have to), but you want to remove large clumps.
- Amend the soil by adding 2-3 inches of compost, peat moss, or whatever other amendment you prefer and mix that in with the existing soil.
- If you fertilized heavily in the fall, no need to do so now. But if you didn’t, use 10-10-10 fertilizer and add approximately 1-2 pounds per 100 square feet of garden space. (Make sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer you choose.)
- After you have finished mixing in all the good stuff, the soil should be crumbly and moist. Rake it flat.
- Water the soil. Yes, without the seeds or plants. Then wait a day or two.
- Voila. Soil is prepped and ready.
Veggies To Plant
Once the soil is ready, here are the vegetables that you can plant at this time. The ones below can be planted directly from seed. Follow directions on the seed package for planting specifics for each variety.
Plants that will do well if transplanted from baby plants into the soil:
All of these herbs and veggies can tolerate the cold and frost. If there is a deep freeze, you will want to cover the tender veggies with frost cloth.
Once you have fresh veggies growing and happy in your garden, harvest and create delicious and healthy meals with them. Need some suggestions? We found a few recipes that we think you might love:
Happy planting and eating, friends!