Time to Plant Your Spring Veggies!

Spring arrives in just a few days, ushering in a long season of cool mornings, hot days, and bright beauty blooming all around. Spring vegetable gardens are an excellent way to brighten up the backyard, try something new, and spice up the foods you serve at spring and summer parties. If you’re new to vegetable gardening (or haven’t had much luck in the past), here are a few tips for planting a veggie garden this spring.

Vegetable Gardening 101

veggies fresh from the gardenBefore planting your spring garden, prepare the soil by testing the pH and supplementing any deficiencies with spring fertilizers. Weed and apply any necessary pre-emergents to your garden plot. Make a list of which vegetables you want to plant; make sure you design your garden to group the water-loving plants together, give each veggie the right amount of sun or shade, and allow every plant enough room to flourish.

What to Plant in Your Spring Vegetable Garden

If you had a favorite veggie from your fall garden, spring is an excellent time to give it another try. Many of the same plants thrive in spring as in fall. You could also try fresh fare in your spring veggie garden. A few of our annual favorites include:

  • Blueberries. Okay, so they’re not veggies. But blueberries are easy to grow, and blueberry gardeners reap bountiful rewards when it comes time to make pies, drinks, and fruit salads in spring and summer.
  • Broccoli. Not only is broccoli a superfood, it’s easy to grow. Plant in full or mostly full sun, provide rich soil with excellent drainage, and supplement the soil with fertilizer or compost.
  • Garlic. Ready to scare the vampires away? Add flavor to any home cooked meal by growing garlic right in your backyard. Plant early in the season for the best yield.
  • Other spring garden all-stars include carrots, lettuce, arugula, spinach, turnips, beets, potatoes, peas, and kale.

Ready to plant? Stop by Ace of Gray for spades, gloves, fertilizer, vegetable seeds, and more spring gardening tips from the experts.

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