If you love incorporating fresh vegetables into your daily meals, then perhaps you’ve dreamed of planting your own vegetable garden. It really doesn’t get any more local or seasonal than your own backyard, and when you’re in control, you can ensure your veggies are free of chemicals and pesticides too.
One of the biggest hurdles for new backyard gardeners to learn is planting cycles, and where you live really determines optimal planting dates. But vegetables typically fall into two categories: ones that grow during cool seasons (spring and fall) and ones that grow in the warm season (summer).
Vegetables to Grow in Spring
Since soil and climate conditions vary greatly from one region of the country to the next, it’s a smart idea to read local reports and blogs from experts in your area. But as a general rule, some vegetables are better-suited to springtime growing than others.
It’s a good idea to plant hardy and semi-hardy vegetables in the early spring to produce a spring harvest, and your local garden center should be able to advise you on specific vegetables that grow well in your area. Vegetables that are considered “hardy” tend to withstand frosts of about 25-28 degrees Fahrenheit and taste better when allowed to mature in cool weather. Meanwhile, semi-hardy vegetables ones can generally tolerate lighter frosts, in which the temperature drops to 29-32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here are some of the best vegetables to plant in a spring garden.
- Collard greens
Spring Growing Tips
Each season offers its own set of challenges and rewards, which gardeners quickly discover in the springtime. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you pull on your work gloves and sharpen your gardening tools this spring.
- Remove winter mulch when plants begin to grow
- For greens, sow plants densely and thin them out to allow space for them to grow larger
- Add compost to the soil to replenish the supply of nitrogen
- Consider growing plants from seeds to save money
- Cover plants if the temperature drops into the 20s
- Apply a fish fertilizer for new plantings or when new growth appears
Fish Fertilizer for Vegetables
Whether you’re planting in the spring or another time of the year, one of the best things you can do for your vegetables is use fish fertilizer. It’s great for flowers and trees too. Our fish fertilizer is an organic fertilizer derived from whole anchovies and sardines caught along the shores of Baja California. This powder is highly concentrated and is the equivalent to 16 pounds of whole fish.
For maximum effectiveness and minimum smell, fish fertilizer should be applied below the surface of the soil and poured into a small hole opened near the plant’s roots. The hole should then be completely covered with soil to prevent unpleasant odors from escaping. Seagate Fish Fertilizer Concentrate is a long-lasting fertilizer that works on the principle of utilizing the slow natural bacterial decomposition of the fish into its protein and mineral components. This slow nutrient release prevents the danger of root-burn common to many liquid and chemical-based fertilizers.
For new vegetable plantings, apply at least one teaspoon of fertilizer into the hole excavated for the new plant. Place the root ball on top of the fertilizer and cover with soil. Just one application can continue to feed plants for up to 4-5 months, and it’s the only fertilizer we use on our farm to grow vegetables like carrots, garlic, and broccoli.