Easy Vegetables to Grow in Spring

Leeks are an easy spring vegetable to grow in your home vegetable garden. They thrive in almost any type of soil, and they do not grow into bulbs, but rather into thick stalks that are edible. These root vegetables need a good deal of warmth to develop fully, but most of them are still perfectly edible and grow well in spring. Similarly, lettuce is a popular spring vegetable that is much healthier than store-bought varieties. Aside from iceberg lettuce, other spring vegetables include mustard, fennel, and dandelion greens.

Although you can plant your spring vegetables as early as April, you will need to prepare your soil thoroughly for optimum growth. Soil should be prepared properly by adding compost and other organic matter. The basic green thumb rule is to mix two inches of organic matter per six inches of soil. This ensures that the plants get the proper amount of air, water, and nutrients they need. If you do not have a compost pile, you can buy compost from a local garden center.

If you are unsure of when to plant your vegetables, you can begin with potatoes, which should be planted in late March or early April. Seed potatoes are widely available in early spring. These plants will be ready to harvest in mid-late summer. Other vegetables that should be planted in late March or early April include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. These cold crops thrive in cool spring weather and should be planted early to make the most of their early growth. Harvesting is typically in late May or early June.

Spinach is another favorite spring vegetable. A member of the cruciferous family, spinach is best grown in cool weather conditions. In cold climates, it can be planted as early as late fall. Ideally, it needs a neutral or slightly acidic soil. This vegetable grows well in zones two through nine. However, the season for spinach depends on climate and soil type. So, if you are growing spinach, consider planting it in spring.

Another easy spring vegetable to grow is lettuce. This green leafy vegetable matures in 45-50 days. Early April sowings of lettuce will produce fresh greens by mid-May. Since lettuce seeds are small, you will need a container that is able to hold moisture and is lighter in weight. You should also choose a mix of seeds so that you can sow more than one. Sow a few seedlings in one area and replant it as needed until the plants reach the desired size.

Radishes are another spring vegetable to consider. They come in a variety of colors, and can be cooked and braised just like potatoes and turnips. Try to cook them with other root vegetables, including yams, potatoes, and carrots. Roasting and braising these veggies is another option. For a more traditional meal, try making a slaw with a blend of green and root vegetables. There is something for everyone this season!

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