Spring is here! Spring, a time for birds to migrate north and gardeners to begin preparing their new gardens. While we all have our annual favorites on our “must plant” list, trying a few new ones can be fun, too! These 15 plants to grow this spring might provide inspiration!

spring garden 1Our gardens always have a mix of greens for salads and smoothies, such as lettuces, kale, and dandelion. We also have our mandatory herbs for salads and cooking: basil, thyme, rosemary, and more. But we like to try a few new ones each year, too.

Some of these trial varieties become must have favorites, such as the rainbow carrots from a few years ago. Others are occasionals, such as the very hot pepper varieties. We also have a few that just don’t work well for our garden, either due to our warm Florida climate, or perhaps they just don’t thrive in our soils. Each year, we grow one or more new varieties to try; it’s a tradition for us.

Which of these will be in your garden this Spring?spring garden 3

15 Plants to Grow this Spring

  1. Arugula is healthy and makes a great salad. http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingarugula.html

  2. Beets make great treats! http://www.almanac.com/plant/beets

  3. Broccoli is a very versatile vegetable to grow. http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/broccoli-growing-guide

  4. Carrots are another versatile veggie to start in spring, http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scenea765.html

  5. Check out this beginners guide to growing peas! http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/growing-peas-101

  6. Kale makes tasty and healthy chips! http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-kale/

  7. Kholrabi anyone? Its tasty both cooked and raw, http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-grow-kohlrabi-zmaz07aszgoe.aspx

  8. Onions, easy to grow and great in every meal, http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/onions/ONIONGRO.html

  9. Who doesn’t like potatoes? Check out this project for growing 100lbs of potatoes! http://tipnut.com/grow-potatoes/

  10. Grow some radishes as well this spring, but watch out for those rabbits! http://www.almanac.com/plant/radishes

  11. Spinach is good on many things such as pizza, pasta, and in soups, http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/spinach/all-about-spinach-article10244.html

  12. Leeks aren’t so popular, but more people should plant them! https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/leeks

  13. Brussel sprouts may not be popular among all, but they are a favorite of mine! http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetables/a/Brussels_Sprout.htm

  14. Cabbage makes many wonderful meals, http://veggieharvest.com/vegetables/cabbage.html

  15. Turnips taste is underestimated! http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingturnips.html

 

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