Although some parts of the U.S. are still experiencing winter, other parts are seeing signs of cool spring weather on its way! So what are some suitable vegetables to start planting first?
Radishes, lettuces, beets, peas and carrot seeds are just a few you can begin to plant 2-4 weeks before the last frost. For the north this would be around early May and for the south mid-April.
Parsnips, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage and onions are other veggies to consider planting. Grow dark greens such as Swiss chard, kale, collards, and spinach.
What qualifies a veggie as “cool-weather?” Most can withstand light frost and nighttime temperatures above 40 degrees. However, hot temps above 80 degrees will cause them to taste bitter.
If you have a small space for planting, such as a deck or patio that receives plenty of sunlight – these would be great spots for container gardens. Use any type of container you wish as long as there is a hole(s) on the bottom for drainage. Also, don’t use any old dirt, use a good bag of soil mix that contains fertilizer and one that holds extra water.
Once the weather becomes warmer reuse your containers to plant warm-season veggies such as tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers.