Early spring is a great time to get a jumpstart on your spring garden! However, you need to make sure to look for plants that can withstand these lingering shots of cold air. We've put together a list of 4 vegetables you can plant to kick off the gardening season. So for all you eager green thumbs, grab your gear and let's start that garden off right!
Lettuce is the staple of many meals, so planting anything in this family will open a whole range of options for you. As a bonus, these plants actually need to be planted in spring while it's a little cooler out! Anything above 25 degrees and the seeds won't germinate in the soil. Relatively easy to grow and with so many flavours and colour options, lettuce is a great choice to start your gardening season.
Whether they are red, orange, yellow, or purple, these cooler season vegetables are packed with vitamins and an undeniable sweetness! These root veggies are always a family favourite and they can be picked early as tender baby carrots or later on as crunchy mature ones depending on preference. Starting your gardening season with some carrots will definitely pay off, even for those families with picky eaters.
One of the most popular garden vegetables in North America, tomatoes are great vegetables to start off your gardening. You have hundreds of varieties to choose from and can transplant them outside after the last frost, effectively extending your season for these veggies. Be sure to let your tomato transplants grow 4 to 6 inches high (about two months time) before moving them into the garden.
Arugula is one of our favourites on the list. It makes a wonderful, peppery addition to any plate and it grows in only a few week's time! Just be sure to give this leafy green a lot of water to maintain that growth rate. Be sure to plant them early in the season so that the leaf rosette is triggered by the cooler weather.
All these cold-hardy plants we suggested can handle a few frosts, and you can start the seeds either indoors or outdoors, depending on where you live. As always, feel free to reach out and consult with local gardening experts around you to ask about varieties that work best in your area. For more home and gardening tips, be sure to follow Marina Homes' blog series!