Winter is all about snow and cold weather while spring is all about cool weather and the start of the planting season once again. There are many ways to start planting this season, and the most ideal crop is – vegetables! Not only are they beautiful and colorful, but they are also healthy!
Spring makes gardeners happy. The sun is starting to give out warmth. You may start to rake, till and dig the soil to prepare it for planting. Springtime is the best season and good time to improve the soil in the garden in order for your plants to grow healthily and will bloom nicely.
The level of nutrients in the soil is important as the root of the plants take up the nutrients in the soil. That is why it is important to have a good and fertilized soil. Soil nutrients may come from animal matter, leaves, roots, cat, or even rock. Nature follows it usual path of decomposition transforming them to good sources of nutrients.
7 Vegetables for Springtime
1. Lettuce Family
Lettuce has been a common supermarket find. You will often find it there as it is often an ingredient in making your favorite salad. There are many kinds of lettuce it varies in color too. Lettuce is easy to grow but make sure to sow the leaves first before planting. Note that the lettuce does not germinate on soil that is greater than 80 degrees Fahrenheit that is why it is the best vegetable to plant during springtime where the weather is not too hot or too cold. The lettuce may be harvested in 2 months’ time.
Arugula are known for its peppery taste! A perfect addition to any meal. Like the other green leafy vegetables, Arugula seed may also be planted directly. Take note that Arugula loves water. You might need to water it more often than the other plants for it to maintain its proper growth rate. It is also best to put a plant cover on it, especially when the ground starts to get warm in transition for summer, for it to be protected.
Carrots make everything colorful. It boasts a good orange color, but it also has a different variety like red, yellow and even purple. Carrots are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but they are also a good root crop for spring! Carrots are not hard to take care of and with just proper and enough sunlight and water, it will easily grow. Note: Carrots take up to 75 days to fully mature and be harvested.
Radishes are very easy to plant especially for the first timers. It doesn’t need too much attention and grows on its own perfectly. Radishes quickly transforms from seeds to bulbs so make sure to watch out for it. Radish may be eaten raw, but some people include it on their salad as it has a sweet taste and crunchy texture.
If you love greens, then I bet you love broccoli too. Broccoli is not only good to plant during spring but also during summer too! You may notice that it remains as a tight rosette during cold season and suddenly blooms when the weather turns warmer. Broccoli may take a long time before you can harvest it but it’s taste and healthy benefits will surely keep you going.
Almost any meal now includes Tomato as one of its ingredients. Not only are tomatoes pleasing to the eye, but they also give meals a different kick. Tomatoes usually grow at least 4 to 6 inches high and matures in 2 months before you can transfer it in the garden and harvest.
Its glossy and purple skin makes eggplants appealing. Eggplants are known to be rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients with low calories. They love the cool and warm weather and thus, grow wonderfully in springtime.