The spring season has finally arrived! And while the world feels anything but normal right now, there’s one thing we can always count on: Mother Nature will work her magic in your vegetable garden; all you have to do is plant the seeds.
Planting your own vegetable garden has many benefits, one of which is less time spent at the grocery store. When you grow your own veggies, you can enjoy a nutritious and delicious meal from the comfort of your home — and be proud of the hard work you put into it.
Not only will you find yourself eating healthier, but you’ll also have an excuse to get some more exercise. Tending a garden can be a laborious task. Did you know that adults who participate in more than seven hours of physical activity each week have a longer life expectancy than their peers?
If you’re ready to start your vegetable garden but you don’t know which seeds to plant, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a guide to planting veggies in the spring.
Which Vegetables Should I Plant In My Home Garden This Spring?
There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing cucumber on a hot summer day. To ensure your cucumbers are ready for picking come summertime, you’ll need to plant them two weeks after the final frost. Cucumbers require rich soil and a great deal of sunlight, so pick a bright, sunny spot in your garden and spread fertilizer liberally. It’s best to plant the seeds in rows six feet apart.
Beets are a root vegetable with a sweet taste and many important health benefits. They do take a bit longer to mature — seven to 10 weeks — but their greens can be harvested and eaten while you wait for the root to grow. Beets thrive when the ground is still cold, so plant them right around the last frost. The seeds don’t need a lot of room, so they can be spread about two inches apart. Beets prefer a lot of sun and plenty of moisture, so water them consistently.
Juicy, ripe tomatoes are a summer staple. They absolutely need plenty of sun, so wait until the end of spring to plant these seeds. You’ll need to add compost and fertilizer to the soil to make sure your plants get enough nutrients, and they require lots of room to grow, so space the seeds far apart.
Onions come in a number of varieties, and there are different ways to plant them: seeds, transplants, and bulbs. Seeds take the longest time to mature (up to 130 days). Transplants are just young onions grown to the scallion stage. They are faster growers but can be more expensive and fragile. Bulbs will grow into full-sized onions within two months.
Onions require abundant sun and rich soil with good drainage. April is the ideal time to plant onion bulbs as long as temperatures don’t drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Bulbs should be planted about one inch deep and four inches apart.
Lettuce thrives in the cool, wet spring climate. This leafy green will tolerate a light frost but does best in temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Lettuce grows very quickly, emerging in just seven to 10 days. It should be planted in a sunny spot free of weeds, stones, and clods of dirt, and the soil must have good drainage.
Are you ready to plant your spring vegetable garden? It might require a bit of landscaping work off the bat, but you’re not alone. An estimated 67% of landscaping projects take place at single family residential homes. Just make sure that if you’re making any significant changes to your yard, you check with your neighborhood association or HOA — some major projects are prohibited, and U.S. homeowners paid roughly $88 billion in assessments toward community associations in 2016.
Spring is undoubtedly an ideal time for gardening — the weather is cool and comfortable, and your veggies are sure to thrive.
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