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In the Garden: How to Grow 5 Spring Basics

In the Garden: How to Grow 5 Spring Basics

Spring is a time of great excitement in the garden—and the one thing I like best about winter is that it’s only one season away from spring! This is the time of year when I map out my garden (I use the Vegetable Garden Planner), choose which crops to grow, and wait for warmer weather without trying to get too antsy. Here are a few tried-and-true spring crops to consider planting this year, all of which are simple to grow. Click on the numbered links to access a complete guide for each veggie, including when to plant, how to plant, pest and disease prevention, and recommended varieties.

1. Spinach

Spinach is a cold-hardy green that seems to thrive in my garden no matter what I do—and that’s fine by me! It’s easy to harvest, and you don’t have to have much space to grow quite a bit of this nutritious crop.

2. Lettuce

One great thing about growing lettuce is that there are so many types to choose from. My two favorites are crunchy Romaine and cut-and-come-again leaf lettuce. The latter is great because you can harvest the out leaves when you want a salad, and then the plant continues to grow, quickly producing new batches of leaves.

3. Radishes

Radishes are generally one the first crops to ripen in my spring garden. A little sea salt sprinkled on a just-picked, just-washed radish … definitely the taste of spring. Try spicy varieties if you like a little zing in your salads.

4. Peas

Peas are always the first crop I plant in spring, and my favorite thing about growing them is their versatility. Sugar snap peas are great as a snack, in salads, in stir-fries and more.

5. Carrots

Carrots are great in spring and fall, so plan on two rounds of planting. While they take longer to mature than the above crops, they’re definitely worth the wait. You’ll taste the difference between sweet, tender spring carrots and grocery store carrots right away.

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Related: Reimagine the Radish: 3 Creative Radish Recipes, Delicious Recipe for Creamed Spinach and Plan an Herb Garden for Next Spring

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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9:03AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:34AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


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8:48PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Am looking forward to gardening once again after a long and cold winter.

9:51PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Good info, and thank you for the link to Mother Earth vegetable garden planning news. I bookmarked it!

2:29AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thank you.

12:35PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you.

4:40PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Good advice,thanks.

5:59AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

Thanks for the info.

2:09AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Thank you.

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