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Grow a Spring Veggie Garden

Apr/16/2023 / by Melanie Fourie

To eat superlocal, get your food super fresh from your own backyard

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Gardening has been shown to have positive effects on one’s mental and physical health, but that’s just one great reason to start a vegetable garden in the spring.

For one, eating seasonal produce is more beneficial to your health. This is what you do when you cultivate your own veggies. Food is more eco-friendly when it is seasonal and produced nearby. Additionally, local cultivars may be better than commercial ones in terms of nutrition and flavor since the former are not bred for transit stability.

When the weather improves, it’s hard to resist daydreams of a vegetable garden in the backyard or the kitchen windowsill. However, a vegetable garden, no matter how small, needs to be planned correctly. Here are suggestions for ways to prepare your spring garden, and what kind vegetables to grow.

Select a Good Spot

A prime location is crucial. Vegetables grown in a poor region may taste poor.

Check for Adequate Sunshine

Plants need six to eight hours of sunshine every day. Some vegetables may survive in partially shaded areas. Those tend to be leafy greens.

Ensure Proper Drainage

Vegetables grown on a raised bed or in a row will have better drainage than those grown in the ground. Wet soil may cause root rot because roots cannot dry out. Rocks stunt root development. If you have rocky soil, till it and remove the rocks.

Make it Stable

To protect young plants and to help pollinators work, avoid locations with high winds. Don’t plant seeds that sees a lot of foot traffic or get flooded.

Fertilize the Soil

Plants that don’t get nutrients from the soil become sickly. To promote plant growth, include enough organic materials in the soil mix.

Preparation is Key

Keep your plot small. It’s preferable to take pride in a modest garden than be overwhelmed by a large one. Beginners often plant more than they or their families will ever need. Carefully plan your garden layout, and grow only what you and your clan can use.

Garden Size

A 100-square-foot space is good for a garden planted in the ground. Get three to five plants of your preferred veggies.
For a new gardener, raised beds of 4 feet by 4 feet, or 4 feet by 8 feet should work. If the garden’s in the ground, a 12′ by 24′ patch should do. Ensure pathways to the plants every four feet, regardless of the dimensions of your garden, so that you can easily weed and harvest them. You shouldn’t tread on the soil more than necessary to get to the middle.

What to Plant

Peas

One of the most successful cool-season crops. Seeds may sprout in soil as cold as 40 degrees. There are several types, including sugar snap peas, shelling peas, and snow peas. A trellis may hep, depending on the kind of peas you choose. Some species may climb six feet. You could also grow peas and other bush kinds in pots on your patio.

Beets

As soon as the soil can be worked in the spring, you can plant beets. They are mostly grown for their roots, but the leaves may be used in place of spinach in a salad. Leave a minimum of four or five leaves on the plant so it can continue to develop the beet root.

Cauliflower

This resembles its relative, the broccoli, so need to be raised similarly. Once the cauliflower head develops, shield it from the light if to maintain its characteristic pure white color. You can fasten the longer leaves around the cauliflower heard to keep the light out. Cauliflower “heads” come in a rainbow of colors these days.

Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most adaptable garden crops. They can withstand a little frost, so plant them as soon as it is safe to do so. If you don’t cover your potato plants once their stems reach approximately eight inches in height, they’ll become bitter and somewhat green.

Carrots

They come in a wide range of flavors, sizes, and colors and do well in neutral soil and full light.

6. Asparagus

Asparagus is an annual plant. The first crop, however little, may not come for two or three seasons following planting. But in time many delectable shoots for many seasons to come. Although asparagus thrives in neutral to slightly acidic soil, it needs full sun.

Radishes

You can cultivate and harvest many of these tubers in a single growing season, making them one of the earliest spring vegetables on your table. They thrive in pH-balanced soil and sunlight.

Photo URL: Bunch of Fresh Radish on the Ground · Free Stock Photo (pexels.com)

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