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!
Our 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?
15 Plants to Grow this Spring
Arugula is healthy and makes a great salad. http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingarugula.html
Beets make great treats! http://www.almanac.com/plant/beets
Broccoli is a very versatile vegetable to grow. http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/broccoli-growing-guide
Carrots are another versatile veggie to start in spring, http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scenea765.html
Check out this beginners guide to growing peas! http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/growing-peas-101
Kale makes tasty and healthy chips! http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-kale/
Kholrabi anyone? Its tasty both cooked and raw, http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-grow-kohlrabi-zmaz07aszgoe.aspx
Onions, easy to grow and great in every meal, http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/onions/ONIONGRO.html
Who doesn’t like potatoes? Check out this project for growing 100lbs of potatoes! http://tipnut.com/grow-potatoes/
Grow some radishes as well this spring, but watch out for those rabbits! http://www.almanac.com/plant/radishes
Spinach is good on many things such as pizza, pasta, and in soups, http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/spinach/all-about-spinach-article10244.html
Leeks aren’t so popular, but more people should plant them! https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/leeks
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
Cabbage makes many wonderful meals, http://veggieharvest.com/vegetables/cabbage.html
Turnips taste is underestimated! http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingturnips.html
Christmas Country Mom
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Wonderful ideas! It makes me think if my sister who grew so many vegetables. She and her husband also received a basket of vegetables every week from spring to late fall delivered to their house from a farmer’s co-op! They were lovely vegetables with some really unusual ones. I don’t have a gardener’s thumb but I do well with plants I can simply water and that mostly grow on their own!
I was a late bloomer when it came to gardening skills, Amy. My Mom tried and tried, but I just didn’t seem to have it. Then I discovered hydroponics and aquaponics–wow! I can actually grow almost anything with those techniques! Thanks for visiting!
Thinking about spring planting myself! Thanks for the 15 plant ideas Carol!!
oops sorry Diane! I meant to say lol
Have fun with your garden Joan!
Diane, this is exactly where I am this week: drooling over my seed packets, planning out my garden! Hooray! Spring is finally here (I think it’s here to stay, too?).
Amy, I am also thankful for Spring, although here in central Florida, it’s never a true winter. Have a great time planning and planting!